(Trumbull, CT, U.S.A.)
Our parakeet, Buttercup (8 months old), shares a cage with our other parakeet, Lucky. At 1:30am this morning, we were woken up by very loud, anxious chirping. When we arrived to the cage, we found Buttercup bleeding from both of her winds. It appeared as if she had been bitten.
However, Lucky had no blood on his beak and would never do anything like that to his girlfriend. Her wings were very bloody, but it appeared as if the bleeding had stopped, so we waited until 8:30am to take her to the avian vet. The vet said that Buttercup had a seizure and had done the biting herself. He gave her a shot to reduce the swelling and said that the seizure was probably caused by lack of calcium in her diet and we should add egg shells to her diet.
I have a few questions. What can we do to prevent another seizure from occuring? Also, she is picking at her wounded wings quite often. I am worried that she is going to make them bleed again. Should the vet have given her a head cone?
One more thing....two days ago, we bought two new parakeets. They are in a separate cage from Lucky and Buttercup. We have not allowed them to interact in anyway yet, however, they have seen each other through their cages. Do you think the anxiety of having two new birds around could have triggered Buttercup to have her seizure?
We are very concerened especially since she is so young and small. We wouldn't want her to have to go through this again. Please write back when you can.