We are struggling here.
Poor Bardy is completely off his legs and I feel totally responsible (The Ghastly Fall). I am running blind here. I feel I am letting Bardy down due to my total ignorance and am 100% responsible. Not really a fit parent.
So, I remembered a friend telling me about Manx Wild Bird Aid and I phoned them, desperate for some help for Bardy. They have been nothing but brilliant – all day, giving me advice.
Firstly, to prop Bardy up.
Bardy’s diet is all wrong too. Beef mince plus vitamin drops have little, if any, calcium. Bardy needs calcium to grow properly. How could I have missed this? I have a brain and I feel rotten thinking Bardy has not had all he needs to develop.
(there were also maggots/larvae and more woodlice in this pot – he wolfed them down)
Based on film sent via t’net, a diagnosis was tentatively made that Bardy may have salmonella (white diarrhoea) and/or spinal damage due to The Fall.
Bardy is now on daily 0.2ml Baytril. His weight has also fallen hugely. Again, something I didn’t notice until it was pointed out to me – I hang my head in shame.
After Baytril, Bardy perked. His diet has been changed to contain calcium and he is in his little bag shouting at YouTube videos now.
Meanwhile, apparently I have some ponies!
I have neglected them.
This afternoon, I did manage to ride Haakon to find his tölt. It was nice to go outside and to also find some perspective.
Yes, Bardy is only a starling, but he is my starling and I have done bad by him. All wrong. Please send healing vibes. He needs use of his legs, even one leg, otherwise he has no future and it is all my fault.