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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-12-2011, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
 
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Anyone having any suggestions for getting some of the blood from a broken blood feather out of a pied WF cockatiel? She had a pretty spectacular one this morning and managed to spray blood all over herself, her cage, the walls, and the carpet...

She's not tame and well... Blood doesn't come out easy so I'm not concerned about getting her back to being white, but I would like to get the blood that's making her all clumpy out, and maybe her look slightly less horrific...

I've used Dawn dish detergent on her in the past (diluted, to get other uckiness out of her feathers) does anyone know if the Dawn will sting/bother the skin where her feather was?
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Alrighty. I'll give it a shot tomorrow, almost half of the feathers under her left wing are clumped together. Which I can't imagine is very comfortable.
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Poor thing you think that bled bad, you outta try that with a Harris' hawk he broke a blood feather near his rump and man! That thing bled so bad he was almost put down. It had been bleeding for so long and nobody had seen it because it was under his tail and when I picked him up tons of blood was dripping down my arm. I panicked like crazy and called one of my falconer friends and then I sent him off never knowing if he was coming back. Awful times. Anyways, sorry! Uhm, I hope she gets better it sucks when they do break one. My doves do it a lot when they're in the aviary because they seem to think it's cool to fly as fast as they can round and round and smack into the mesh, breaking them! Then I have to rush around and sort them out

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She used to have night frights ALL the time when I first got her, and would break smallish blood feathers that only dripped blood. This time I walked into the room and there was blood sprayed up the walls, all over my carpet, all over her cage. I was freaking out trying to catch her so I could find the broken feather when my fiance walked in and pointed out that there was a full blood feather on the bottom of her cage, and that all the blood on her wing was already starting to dry. At least ONE of us is level headed in a crisis!
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Glad to hear she's ok. Do you have the tools to pull the blood feather, if needed? Just some warm water and bathing - she'll do the rest of the cleaning when she preens, but regular mistings of nice warm water will help



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Yup. I've got hemostats and kwik stop stashed under their cages in my "emergency gear" box.

The other reason I'm actually concerned about it is because I'm due to have a baby in the next month or so, and I'm not sure who is going to be coming to check on her or what's going to be going on for the few days while I'm in the hospital. My fids have gotten used to my system of doing things, and the tiel tends to have panic attacks if too many things change at once, so I wanted to get the worst of the stains out so that if she hurts herself AGAIN they know that it's new blood, and won't just ignore it.

The only other person we know who knows anything about birds is my fiance's sister, and she's at school a couple hours and a ferry ride away...
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Uck. Well... I'm not quite sure what happened, but when I was feeding the birds this morning Robbie was, once again, covered in blood. It looks like she managed to hurt her toe somehow (it's not a cracked nail, and the toe itself doesn't look crooked or swollen at all) There's just blood all over it. I don't know how she does it! I've checked and double checked everything in her cage, none of her perches or toys have any loose bits or cracks. NOTHING is posing a safety hazard! She must be the most accident prone bird ever
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