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    broken blood feather

    Post by andrea on Thu Oct 31, 2013 10:55 am

    Duck man got spooked this morning and broke a blood feather in his wing Rolling Eyes It bled a bit (one good-sized drop) and has since stopped on its own. Do broken pins need to be pulled? Or will Duckman lose it naturally?


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    Post by andrea on Thu Oct 31, 2013 1:44 pm

    I called up the vet when they opened and they said to bring him in. So I did. Apparently he broke two blood feathers Mad 

    They had him in the back for a good 40min, makes me wonder how many people he bit Giggle

    Anyway, we're back home now and he is lording over his domain from on top of his cage - as per usual. The workday is already blown, so I'll stay and keep an eye on him (and maybe take a nap later Smile )

    It was interesting to watch the goings-on at the vet. A little lovie came in for her biweekly beak trimming (she's a rescue and has a bit of scissor beak). Us worried parronts were sitting in the waiting room, chatting.

    A couple came in with a gorgeous scarlet macaw - 12 years old. I couldn't help but admire his tail...I don't know if I've ever seen such a perfect tail on a captive macaw before. Parronts must be doing something right. They were in for biweekly meds. 450$! Biweekly! Yowza. Reminds of a sign I once saw: If you can't afford a vet, you can't afford a pet.

    It's good to know that there are people out there that don't blink at dropping 900$/month to keep their fids healthy. Warmed my heart to see them interacting. I love you 


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    Re: broken blood feather

    Post by Carol on Thu Oct 31, 2013 10:22 pm

    Sorry been at work so didn't get this til now. YES you have to pull the feathers if they break and sorry you are so far away we would have done it free for you


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    Re: broken blood feather

    Post by andrea on Thu Oct 31, 2013 10:53 pm

    Well Mr Phil was out of town, but left his car here. So I buckled Duck's carry cage into the passenger seat and we had a field trip. Ducki is fine! all snuggles and love Smile


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    Re: broken blood feather

    Post by Carol on Thu Oct 31, 2013 11:19 pm

    Glad to hear all went well. Yay Ducki 


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    Re: broken blood feather

    Post by Chris on Sun Nov 03, 2013 1:16 pm

    Oh my. That brings back nightmares of when Freddy broke those blood feathers! I had blood and flour everywhere.
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    Re: broken blood feather

    Post by Carol on Sun Nov 03, 2013 3:20 pm

    Unfortunately the flour doesn't do much good on a broken feather. I remember the first one I had to pull. It was on Robby. Now it's much easier but I still hate doing it. Pete is the worst one for breaking feathers. And it's a frequent thing at work with people bringing in their tiels with broken wing or tail feathers.


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    Post by andrea on Sun Nov 03, 2013 5:28 pm

    I find the light-colored feathers are thicker when coming in, and more delicate for some reason. Seeing as Pete is a big white bird, it makes sense that his break more. Or it might be that the blood shows up more on a light-colored bird, making it seem worse. Regardless, I wouldn't have been able to both hold and pull the feather by myself.


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    Re: broken blood feather

    Post by Carol on Sun Nov 03, 2013 6:45 pm

    Pete is so used to it I can just hold his wing up now and grab close to the base and yank real quick but I can't any of the others. I would be bleeding too


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    Re: broken blood feather

    Post by Chris on Mon Nov 04, 2013 4:49 pm

    Freddy lost so much blood that time that I think he was just too weak to fight me, so I was able to yank out ALL the feathers. There was so much blood I couldn't tell which one (or ones) was bleeding. But normally, Freddy won't let anyone handle him at all, much less hold tight and yank.

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