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Picking at foot!

We took half of the birds to the bird store for grooming tonight. Roni has been picking at her left foot ever since. She has it all slick - like she has scraped off the outer layer or something. The bird store is closed and the vet is closed. Is there anything I can do tonight? I'm sure that it either itches or hurts her.

I have "Rescue Remedy". Maybe that would calm her down. I'd put the topical stuff on there I had for Elisa to just numb it, but I threw the rest of it away when she didn't need it any longer. It would probably be out of date, anyway, so it is probably good I threw it away.


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Do you have any bird anticeptic (I think it is?????) or that pepper powder (canyene?)? (Sorry can't think of the name...) I'd try the "Rescue Remedy". Maybe wrap it up? She might pick at it though...


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Do people put pepper on the skin to discourage picking? Hmmm - does it numb it?


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I think it might. I think people use that canyene powder with bleeding feathers or nails...


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OK - if it starts bleeding, I should have some of that in my cooking supplies. It isn't bleeding - yet. It is oozing clear stuff - or maybe that is just coming from her mouth. I gave her the rescue remedy, but it didn't seem to have any effect. I decided she might forget about it easier if I just put her back into her cage. When the lights were on, she was just sitting there, but now that the lights are out she is moving around and I can't tell if she's after it again or not. I don't want to turn the lights on and disturb everyone else. I'm going to give it a little bit and then if she doesn't stop moving maybe I should use a flashlight and look, but the flashlight might freak her out. Senegals freak at the oddest things.


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She's definitely picking at it again. I can tell from the sound that she is picking at the ends of the nails.


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Yeah, I think flour would stop the oozing.


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Scully used to pick at his nails. I always thought it was just a silly little thing....


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Many birds keep their own nails trimmed by picking at them, so that is a good thing. Roni doesn't normally pick at her nails, though, and she is alternating between frantically biting the nails, I mean really chomping on them, and then chomping like crazy on her entire foot, and then picking the palm of her foot.

I'm stressing, but I alway stress about my birds when they do things like this. I gave her the rescue rememdy and then I dosed myself, too. Hasn't seemed to help either of us.


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cayenne pepper powder is a natural antiseptic and it is also a pain reliever and stops bleeding. it is my preferred pain relief for aches and it does work, ive also used it for tsuka's wings when hes banged them up with his nighfrights and he seemed in less pain after.

aloe vera will be very good too to soothe any pain and itching as well as keep the area clean. its also a natural antiseptic


and to throw this out there, is it possible she could have metal poisoning from anything? intense itching is a symptom.



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Casey,
Thank you so much for that information!

Roni is finally very, very still, so I'm certain she is asleep. I will put the cayenne powder on it in the morning first thing if she goes after it at all - or in the middle of the night if she wakes up.

I will keep an eye on her if she goes after anything other than the foot - considering the metal poisoning. I don't think it would be possible, but one can never be certain. I try to do the best by her, but things happen.

I honestly believe the most likely possibility is that she feels some minor pain or other strange feeling from the grooming.


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Hipeople,
Thank you so much for taking time to post repeatedly while I was in my frantic mode tonight! It was a huge help and comfort to me.


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I hope she feels better! Poor thing

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Hope she's doing better today. Rinse her foot really good with cool water and put either some cayenne or aloe on it to soothe it. The cayenne wont stop her from chewing on it, birds don't react to capsaisin so it won't burn her mouth, but it can help soothe.Perhaps when they trimmed her nail, they got very close to the quick but didn't hit it, so her toe is irritating her. Or maybe they bled her toe and put styptic on it and it got on her foot and is irritating her - it can burn the skin. It should go away in time



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She seems ok this morning. After she finally fell asleep, I guess it started to feel better. Thank you all for asking about her. I'm really a wimp when it comes to my birds health.


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Glad to hear she's ok, Nanay.

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Thank you so much for taking time to post repeatedly while I was in my frantic mode tonight! It was a huge help and comfort to me.
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