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Just wanted to share a story with you all that happened to me just the other day. Most of you will already be completely aware of this, but I find there is nothing better than a kind reminder with a true near death experience :eek:

Everyone probably owns a rope swing, with a bit of dangly threads coming out of the bottom? I have about 4, and the birds all LOVE them. I'd thought of chopping the scraggly end off, but the cockatiels had used them for years without incident, so silly me got very complacent.

I put one in Yoshi (GCC)'s cage, without giving it too much thought. He had been using it for about a week before he got himself in a mess. I'd left the room and was about to head off to work, but I'd forgotten to put my earrings in. I found Yoshi with a homemade noose around his little throat. Thankfully he was perching quite happily, but had he realised he was stuck and began to struggle (or jump off the perch!), I would have returned home from work to find a dead conure.

So, I've been on a mad trimming spree to ensure it doesnt happen again. See, when you get complacent, you get lazy. And when you get lazy, things can go very very wrong.

Just wanted to let you all know- be careful :yesnod:
 

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I had a similar thing happen a couple of days ago with my Corella Karl. Wasn't the hanging bit that was the problem but Karl had actually started to unravel part of the swing. He had a few strands wrapped around one of his legs. He had done this between my trips to the loo (and they aren't too far apart). Luckily he is hand raised and very tame and he did not panic at all. He just kept playing and then trying to get his leg loose. I had to, shall we say adjust my clothing and get inside to get the scissors and then the keys to his cage (he is an escape artist if there is no locked padlock on the cage door), open the door and clip the strings off his leg. Got a big kiss for my efforts which was nice.
 

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Thank God you were still home! I trim all those threads as short as possible. These birdies can and will get into everything!
 

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I have this toy in Oliver's cage. He is not really a toy player type of bird, but after reading a few threads on loose threads I am wondering if this is not a good toy. There are purple threads dangling from the bottom, and green, pink, and blue threads towards the top. Should I get this out of the cage?

Thanks.

 

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It's hard to say if it will be potentially dangerous or not. Anything with thread can be really, but we often take our chances anyway. I find that it depends on the length of the thread as well. The thread at the end of my swing was very long- long enough to wrap around Yoshi's head. I'm not sure if the ones you have are long enough to do that, but perhaps trimming them a little shorter wouldnt hurt. Of course, this wont stop toes being caught in it, but thats a risk most of us take- especially since we all use normal rope perches (myself included) which can do the exact same thing.

My tiels like playing, and even they have never got themselves into trouble with thread before, but Yoshi seems to be a very cuddly bird- so I believe he was probably trying to burrow into the thread rather than 'play' with it.
 

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Thanks for the info Yoshipower. To me it is not worth it, the toy is gone, since he doesn't play with toys, or hasn't started to. I feel safer knowing it is out of the cage. Better safe than sorry.
 

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If he doesnt play with it anyway then there is no harm done taking it out :) And I'm glad my story as been of some help. Just take what you can from the story and use it to your liking :)
 

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Oh that must have been horrible for you :( at least were home! Glad everything is okay now :D
 

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Something similar... well not quite like this but it was kind of the idea of being caught up in something, happened to one of my birds. I know he's a hawk so it may not apply to you guys but it was still nasty. My garage had these fly papers (I HATE THEM... THEY'RE GROSS AND COVERED IN DEAD FLIES D;) because granddad was not knowledgable about bug zappers. He thought they'd be a great idea. I KNEW something bad would come of them. I kept throwing them away, so he said okay then, I'll buy a zapper but I wont have flies in here for the time being. So he put one last strip of fly paper up. I was bringing Chalkie out of his mews (where you keep a bird of prey... my garage is actually IN my garden, so there's no cars. I have a work bench for making equipment, various spare cages, a freezer for my raptors food and one HUGE aviary. It's 9 foot tall, 5 foot wide and 12 foot long! I love it. So useful... Chalkie is in an aviary outdoors now though) and I had to weigh him before flight like I usually do every day. He weighed 1.7 pounds so that was all good. I picked him up as per usual, but something spooked him on the way out and the very tip of his wing caught the fly paper. I tried to pull it off but I'm not kidding this stuff was so sticky I had trouble removing my hand. He wrapped up his wings in the stuff. I had to pull it off as quickly and painlessly as possible. So I did. Chalkie had damaged every single one of his flight feathers. Which is awful for any bird but worse for a bird of prey. And I had to bathe it in warm, slightly soapy water. The stuff didn't come off. I ended up using WD40 on him (a car anti-freeze) that was done by a pro falconer who said it was the only way. So we had to make sure NONE would go by the bird at all. Which meant we had to stretch the wings out. Instantly the stuff came right off. Chalkie was NOT happy with me for a while but at least we sorted it out. I now have no fly paper in my garage! Stupid stuff! But yeah. Horrible experience! Totally off subject in a way so I apologise.

Soon after that he was going through his moult and he bit into a blood feather and nearly died from blood loss. Back to my falconer friend it was! We got the hole closed real fast. He lived inside the house for a few weeks. Then went into a free flight aviary. He can fly now guys but he is really chubby at the moment finding it hard to get fit with his injuries.

Silly bird always gets into bother! He was tethered at a way too young age by his old owners so his legs were broken in the past. He's very delicate :lol:

He's okay now though :thumbsup:
 
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Something similar... well not quite like this but it was kind of the idea of being caught up in something, happened to one of my birds. I know he's a hawk so it may not apply to you guys but it was still nasty. My garage had these fly papers (I HATE THEM... THEY'RE GROSS AND COVERED IN DEAD FLIES D;) because granddad was not knowledgable about bug zappers. He thought they'd be a great idea. I KNEW something bad would come of them. I kept throwing them away, so he said okay then, I'll buy a zapper but I wont have flies in here for the time being. So he put one last strip of fly paper up. I was bringing Chalkie out of his mews (where you keep a bird of prey... my garage is actually IN my garden, so there's no cars. I have a work bench for making equipment, various spare cages, a freezer for my raptors food and one HUGE aviary. It's 9 foot tall, 5 foot wide and 12 foot long! I love it. So useful... Chalkie is in an aviary outdoors now though) and I had to weigh him before flight like I usually do every day. He weighed 1.7 pounds so that was all good. I picked him up as per usual, but something spooked him on the way out and the very tip of his wing caught the fly paper. I tried to pull it off but I'm not kidding this stuff was so sticky I had trouble removing my hand. He wrapped up his wings in the stuff. I had to pull it off as quickly and painlessly as possible. So I did. Chalkie had damaged every single one of his flight feathers. Which is awful for any bird but worse for a bird of prey. And I had to bathe it in warm, slightly soapy water. The stuff didn't come off. I ended up using WD40 on him (a car anti-freeze) that was done by a pro falconer who said it was the only way. So we had to make sure NONE would go by the bird at all. Which meant we had to stretch the wings out. Instantly the stuff came right off. Chalkie was NOT happy with me for a while but at least we sorted it out. I now have no fly paper in my garage! Stupid stuff! But yeah. Horrible experience! Totally off subject in a way so I apologise.

Soon after that he was going through his moult and he bit into a blood feather and nearly died from blood loss. Back to my falconer friend it was! We got the hole closed real fast. He lived inside the house for a few weeks. Then went into a free flight aviary. He can fly now guys but he is really chubby at the moment finding it hard to get fit with his injuries.

Silly bird always gets into bother! He was tethered at a way too young age by his old owners so his legs were broken in the past. He's very delicate :lol:

He's okay now though :thumbsup:
 

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Oh, I posted it twice. Pressed delete and the reason why, but it's kept the post :confused: is that normal? :shrug:
 

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That sounds horrible, Daisy! I'm glad you were able to help him.
 

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Thanks nanay! Sorry for the long post by the way guys
 

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Daisy,
Why did you apologize for making a long post? Is there a rule limiting the length of posts? If so, I'm in trouble.
 

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Hehe no! I love your posts nanay! I just try and keep mine short so people don't have to read much. I try to put little bits of help. Nanay, you should write a book on your birds antics, or a journal or something :p I love reading your stuff. So much to read yet so fun :D
 

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I guess people don't have to read the posts if they don't want to, right?
Thanks.
I have always enjoyed writing.
 

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I enjoy the posts! I'm often at school or on my phone when I'm on the forum so it's real hard to write huge posts!
 
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