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Old 10-04-2016, 10:17 PM
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You can soak Sugar's foot in room temperature chamomile tea which is an anti-inflammatory.
You can also give her room temperature chamomile tea to drink as it will have anti-inflammatory properties that work within the body as well as a calming effect.

My concern about the pressure sore is that it appears it would hit right on the bars of the wire platform perch.
Providing her with a flat wooden perch would be advisable.
A grapevine perch varies in thickness and may be a good option for her as well.

Pressure sores can sometimes be alleviated by wrapping wooden perches with vet wrap.

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Thank you for the info about the chamomile!
I've removed the wire platform perch, I originally had it because she slept on the pink perch and I didn't want to risk her falling off at night. But that's just me being paranoid; she has no issues sleeping
I'll look into a grapevine perch.

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I have ordered a platform perch online because I couldn't find any in stores. I added a rope perch to make things a bit more interesting for them.
Spice is such a brave girl. She's already playing with her toys, dancing around on the rope perch and letting me pet her! I'm so proud of her.
Sugar is still as nervous as can be, but she eats millet from my hand so I'm sure she'll come around after a while



I've set the cage up so the other perches are above the two lower ones because Sugar isn't confident enough to walk across them without something to balance with. The vet suggested doing this so she can grab onto the perches overhead should she need to
It's hard to tell, but the wooden perches are all different diameters so I'm hoping that helps with Sugar's foot.
Edit: I'm looking for a bigger cage for them

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Did you discuss their diet with the vet? I just wanted to warn you that their metabolism isn't as fast as a budgie's--or so I was told by an avian vet. Thus, they don't need as much calorie rich food for their weight as a budgie does.
 
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What kind of swing do you have? Should I put it close to another perch so she can step to it easier? Stormy is able to just jump on to his perch but I'm worried Sugar can't do the same.
It's a wooden one with wood blocks going all around the swing's arch, so that she is able to have a better grasp.
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I think Sugar may have had a night fright I woke up to violent flapping so I jumped out of bed and checked on them.
Sugar was on the bottom of the cage and visibly shaken. Two feathers were on the ground, and both their food and water dish was tipped over. Thankfully there was no blood or signs of injury.
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Sugar and Spice are perfect names for your new girls! I wish you all the best with them as they settle into their new home .
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I'm sorry to hear of the night fright. Maybe it would be a good idea for you to cushion the cage's bottom with a soft towel till your girls are more settled in.
Partially covering the cage at night and keeping a night light on would hopefully be effective in minimizing the chances of another fright.
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Your new girls are beautiful, I love their colors. I have several wire platform perches sold by Prevue called sun decks. I don't like the bar spacing on them as I feel the bars are too far apart for a budgie, so I decided to make a cover for them. I wrapped them in one layer of quilt batting and then made a cotton canvas slipcover for them so now they are soft solid surface, maybe something like that would work for you. Here is a picture of the deck before covering.
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Exciting update!
I've been feeding millet from my hand to get them more comfortable around me. At first they were terrified when I even opened the cage, but now they both eat happily from my hand and, here's the best part!
Spice stepped up onto my hand for the first time! I totally wasn't expecting it. I wasn't even urging her too, she just stepped one foot up onto my finger and stayed there for a few minutes, munching away on the millet.
It was only one foot, but I'm still ecstatic. It's only been a few days and Spice already trusts me this much
Hopefully she'll trust me even more soon, and tell Sugar I'm not so scary

Here they are, sharing the millet I love how Spice looks like she's smiling

And you can see Spice's foot on my finger (and the mess she made all over my hand)
Edit: a few hours after I wrote this, Spice jumped up on my hand both feet! she let me take her out of the cage and carry her around for a few minutes

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Both of them are slowly coming around, Spice a bit more quickly. She enjoys coming out of her cage and standing on top to goof around, but Sugar gets a little nervous whenever she's out of sight.
Their new, bigger cage should get here in a couple days I'm hoping to add some platforms (their current cage doesn't have room) and branches from my apple trees to help with Sugar's pressure sore.
In the meantime, I took a video of Spice being stubborn (like usual). She's adamant about not getting on my hand, and then when I want to put her back in the cage she's just as adamant about not letting go usually I have to put her on top of the cage and let her go back inside on her own.
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