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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 02-29-2012, 02:25 PM Thread Starter


 
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Night Fright!

Hermes had a night fright last night and I didn't know until today.
I just went in to feed him and check on him and such and since he's been molting I looked to see if there was any feathers on the bottom of his cage. (I like to keep them)
Anyways, I noticed that there was a broken blood feather on the cage bottom that was pretty bloody, then I looked closer around the cage and there was blood everywhere.
It looked like he bled quite a bit, there was even some blood on the roof bars!
I took Hermes out to check on him but as soon as he came out he jumped onto my shoulder and started screaming at me and biting at me and was holding his wing up. That's when I noticed it was a new flight feather that had broken and there was blood all under his wing.
He seems fine other than he seems to be hurting a bit.
I'm just worried that the tip of the feather might still be in his wing because I couldn't tell by looking at the broken feather. I don't want him bleeding more.
So what should I do?!?! I've never had to deal with a broken blood feather like this before. He broke one once before but it was already mostly developed and it didn't really bleed much, if at all.
Should I see about taking him to the vet to get him checked out? I'm worried that if I tried to grab him to look at his wing I'd hurt him...

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I've had several of my birds do this as well, not a fun thing at all. The last one to do it was saffy, I woke up one day to blood everywhere and a blood covered wing and one of my Mom's birds did it within a day or so. What I usually do watch them very closely, if I don't see the wing actively bleeding then I just leave them in the cage for a few days, untill I think it's healed enough that handleing the bird won't cause it to rebleed. If it is activly bleeding and doesn't stop, I get them out and put corn starch on it and continue till it does stop. You also might have to pull the feather if it continues to be a problem.
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Ugh, that's what I was worried about having to do. I don't want to have to man handle him! I might see if we can take him to the vet just so I don't have to do it...
I hope he'll be ok. His feet didn't look pale which was good, and he sure still had the energy to tell me off when I took him out!



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Hahaha, sounds like he's probably okay then. I ususally don't have to pull the feathers out, as long as they stop bleeding. My Mom had a teil a long time ago and I swear that bird would bleed every week or two and I would have to get him out and get it to stop bleeding. I knew which blood feather it was, but mom didn't want me to pull it so. Didn't help either that the bird didn't like me .
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Yeah, I think he's ok. Now I have to clean everything in his cage, and the wall behind his cage..... O.o

Ugh, that would suck having to do that all the time!



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Pulling isnt as bad as you imagine.
Get plied, get as close to end near skin as you can and
Gently but firmly pull.
Hermes will wiggle fir a sec but then its over.
I had to pull my 1st last year.
It was scary, but actually not as bad as. I thought it'd be.
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best to pull a broken blood feather. it can reopen if he simply knocks it against something, and theyre really painful. they can also have that chance of getting infected if left in.

ive pulled over 50 blood feathers with tsuka and his wing problems. its easy and isnt as bad as it sounds. tsuka is also very prone to nightfrights.


trust me, its not as scary as it sounds. it will hurt, but it will hurt more if the quill is left in.

ive had some nasty feather issues with tsuka, it took him a year to learn how to fly...

after you pull it, he may have some pain in the wing, just keep an eye on him, make sure he is eating, even add a bit of honey to his water for energy. clean the area on his wing after to be sure its clean and he should be fine



for example, here's some of the things we've dealt with with tsuka's feathers... hes really good with it, he knows the drill. these abnormalities have been caused from follicle damage from him either breaking all his blood feathers or knocking them out, plus his past environmental factors too.




THIS is that thing thats been pulled out


he had an ingrown feather that died off and started to regrow... the new feather pushed the start of the feather cyst out of his wing. this was a LONG time ago... but trust me, i am no stranger to broken blood feathers or feather abnormalities

do you know what caused his nightfright? if you do, is it possible to prevent it from happening again? if not, what are you doing now to prevent them? ie, how do you cover his cage at night, do you leave a nightlight on, background noise such as a radio or tv on low?



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I don't know what caused the night fright as he is in a room downstairs while our bedroom is upstairs. Maybe a noise the cats made or something? I don't know.
I don't cover his cage at night and the room he's in doesn't have curtains so at night the street lights outside give some light in the room.

Thanks for the advice though guys, his wing still seems to be bothering him so I'm probably going to have to take a look to see if the tip of the feather is still in there. I am not looking forwards to it...



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good luck hopefuly it wont bother him much anymore and he will be able to pull it himself


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I hope he's ok now! Keep us updated, I hope everything goes well

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My budgies used to have night frights all the time.. not so much now they are a little older... only once was there any blood.. 2 birds had bloody wings in the morning , but could not find where the blood had come from and all was ok with them.... good luck.
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i would have a nightlight on near his cage as well. it may still be too dark at night.



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Maybe, it's pretty light in there at night... not super light but enough to make things out.
I tried to get ahold of him to pull the feather this afternoon but I couldn't get a good hold of him so I think I'm going to see about bringing him to the vet tomorrow to get looked at.



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Good luck with poor Hermes! My birds always manage it however the scariest was Chalkie. Blood EVERYWHERE

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It was scary. I was so happy because we took him out and he was whislting like crazy to us so I knew he was at least ok.

Taking him to the vet this afternoon. It'll be crazy expensive just to get a blood feather pulled but he's worth it. I just couldn't get it done myself! He kept squirming out of my hands when I tried to pull his wing out and my Fiance doesn't know how to hold birds.



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before you go, do you have a photo of the feather? i could tell you if its been just knocked out or broken. because if theres nothing there left in his wing, you could be spending money for nothing



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I don't have a photo of the feather, no. I did get a look under his wing though when I was holding him and there does seem to be like half the feather still in his wing.
The part that broke off too the tip was flat and broken looking and not nice and rounded like they are when they fall out from molting.



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ok then good call to check with a vet to be sure



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