Mr Bedraggled the poorly Parakeet fell out of tree- advice needed

SimonSarah

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We moved into a maisonette in North London a year ago. There's a deck above our kitchen that we climb out of the window to access and there's the top of tree there at eye level. We put out feeders and immediately got lots of tits ,starlings , goldfinch etc. Within a couple of months the Indian ring necked parakeets found us. Regularly half a dozen to a dozen in the morning and late afternoon. the record is 23. Endlessly entertaining. I even started going to bed earlier this summer because the noisy buggers would be there shortly after sunrise. For the last 4 months or so there's been one smaller one that my partner Sarah named Mr Bedraggled due to his poor state. Lots of feather missing always on his own, relatively small and frequently bullied by others. He's become a regular fixture and walks around the tree where the others walk and fly between branches. We presume he's ill. Anyway today there was a vicious and sustained attack on Mr Bedraggled by one to the other parakeets and he fell out of the tree and Sarah found him 2 floors down on the pavement between and electrical box and the wall. She wrapped him up in her jacket and brought him inside and put him in a large box. She called the RSPCA who came around but didn't hand him over as the woman said that they would put him down as he's an invasive species and that he looked quite perky. Sarah's reluctant to release him back out into the tree while he is in his current state and would like to see if he can be nursed into a better state . She googled a bit and has read a bit about different infections and would like to treat him with antibiotics before releasing him. She ordered the only cage she could find that could be delivered tomorrow but its more a decent sized budgie cage but she wants him out of the box asap. Any advice on nursing poorly parakeets greatly appreciated
 

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Welcome to the forum and we'll done to you for stepping in to rescue.
He could be a pet that has tried to join the wild ones. So not impressed with the rspca response what a load of twonks!
Right seed fresh fruit and veggies and a visit to a vet and if you explain the situation you may find one sympathetic to treat him / her as a wildlife case.
You would need to know what antibiotics birdie needs and if pain killers are required and the exact dosage for the weight of the bird. Tonight just leave a towel over the box and pop in a warm dark place so birdie recovers from shock of fall and attack if he can. Remember he is a wild bird all parrots are just one step from wildness they can't be domesticated but they are smart enough to learn you mean no harm.
 

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Does your new friend have a dark ring around his neck which may indicate age and sex? Not that it matters to him as birdie already knows but is humans seem to always like to know. There's a few people on here from different parrot rescues who I know are going to be useful once we get to the bottom of little ones health issues.
Tonifrax is wizard with foods nutritional wise
Roz a wizard with behavioural understanding
We will help as much as we can .... Cage wise....eBay but let's cross that bridge when we get to it as if he's wild going into a cage is going to panic him your going to need to.cover the top back and sides with a towel so he doesn't flap around and damage himself further unit he realises he's safe in there.
 

SimonSarah

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Welcome to the forum and we'll done to you for stepping in to rescue.
He could be a pet that has tried to join the wild ones. So not impressed with the rspca response what a load of twonks!
Right seed fresh fruit and veggies and a visit to a vet and if you explain the situation you may find one sympathetic to treat him / her as a wildlife case.
You would need to know what antibiotics birdie needs and if pain killers are required and the exact dosage for the weight of the bird. Tonight just leave a towel over the box and pop in a warm dark place so birdie recovers from shock of fall and attack if he can. Remember he is a wild bird all parrots are just one step from wildness they can't be domesticated but they are smart enough to learn you mean no harm.
Thanks for your response. Given the sheer number of these birds in London, apparently they roost in a park nearby, I would imagine that he's more likely to be a wild parakeet than an escaped pet. Sarah has got quite emotionally attached to this particular bird over the last few months, even had him take apple out of her hand a couple of times while in the tree. Only a couple others have done this
 

SimonSarah

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Does your new friend have a dark ring around his neck which may indicate age and sex? Not that it matters to him as birdie already knows but is humans seem to always like to know. There's a few people on here from different parrot rescues who I know are going to be useful once we get to the bottom of little ones health issues.
Tonifrax is wizard with foods nutritional wise
Roz a wizard with behavioural understanding
We will help as much as we can .... Cage wise....eBay but let's cross that bridge when we get to it as if he's wild going into a cage is going to panic him your going to need to.cover the top back and sides with a towel so he doesn't flap around and damage himself further unit he realises he's safe in there.
Cheers for the advice - We dont want to keep him caged and want to put him back outside asap, but given his state and the fact that the others seem to try to drive him away we'd like to give him a fighting chance. Is it common behaviour for a flock to to drive out a bird that might be diseased?.We've been assuming that it might be the case . He's quiet now, a few squawks when Sarah put some food in the box. The RSPCA woman said he should be fine in the box overnight
 

DizzyBlue

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So she's already paired herself with positive interaction and shown she's to be trusted which is excellent.
They started as captives that escaped and have adapted to living wild and the numbers are added too by more escapees as well as breeding. But neither here nor there there are flicks of them up and down the country these days we've been following their spread for a number of years on here with gang appearing in Liverpool's last year some flicks in Leeds and few further north.
Having a wish to learn their ways and being empathetic to them is half way there already :) but first things first we need a vet to diagnose issue to get treatment
@Oli Fry @Zoe220615 do you know of any vets your neck of the woods?
 

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Can be many reasons why attacked but they don't usually go into attack mode to drive out a sick bird those birds hang on the fringes of flocks eventually showing signs of illness or weakness and are taken by predators first. Hence me thinking he's not a member of that flock and has tried perhaps to join a flock (birds of a feather flock together for safety) that is a family group and has been driven out by the high ranking makes of that group.
 

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Michael Reynolds

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Hello and welcome, thank you for trying to help a Ringneck. I will say if you can leave him/ her to rest overnight and leave a grape or apple in its cage for now, in the morning you can try contacting Matthew Hartly Noble house 17 Smith Square nw1 0207 238 2289 he may be able to help or recommend another vets or Matthew Fiddes at 15 Temple sheen Road East Sheen SW14 7py tel 0208 876 9696. there are a few Avian vets in North London but they are based at regent park and I do not think you can gain access to them direct. I hope this helps and please let us know the outcome, if you can post a photo I will appreciate it I think these are the closest to you
 

Oli Fry

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So she's already paired herself with positive interaction and shown she's to be trusted which is excellent.
They started as captives that escaped and have adapted to living wild and the numbers are added too by more escapees as well as breeding. But neither here nor there there are flicks of them up and down the country these days we've been following their spread for a number of years on here with gang appearing in Liverpool's last year some flicks in Leeds and few further north.
Having a wish to learn their ways and being empathetic to them is half way there already :) but first things first we need a vet to diagnose issue to get treatment
@Oli Fry @Zoe220615 do you know of any vets your neck of the woods?
CJ Hall is the one I use. The Swindon one is OK too, but on balance I'd go for Hall...
 

SimonSarah

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Mr Bedraggled woke Sarah at 4:45 this morning squawking . Sarah managed to get a vet appointment for midday and about an hour before went into the bedroom where he was in the box, on a table next to the open window, and the little devil has got out and was sitting on top of the box. Afraid of scarily him trying to get near the window to shut it, Sarah went to the kitchen and cut up an apple to tempt him away from the window and further into the room but he wasn't having any of it , He hopped off the box and moved onto the window sill where he proceed to sit watching the rain trying to decide if freedom was worth getting a good soaking. Sarah backed off and left the room returning 10 minutes later to see he was gone. Fortunately he didn't plummet 3 stories to the ground. he can barely fly, and did make it back into the tree and has been seen eating and once again being attacked by another parakeet. So its back to letting nature take its course and all is as it was except for the bird cage that arrived today. Thanks for the support everyone.
 

Michael Reynolds

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well thank you for the update, I do hope he will survive but a big thank you to you both for trying to help. Ringnecks are so special
 

DizzyBlue

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If you can't return your cage should you decide not to hold on to it then your welcome to advertise it for sale to recoup your loss in our for sale section.
He's got a chance at survival by your intervention and try keeping offering him interaction when you see him he may perhaps decide to hang out with you if your offering food that's easy for him to get without having to be near the other birds.
@SimonSarah
 
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