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When Spike was jumping up on the desk his tail feather went to the side and I noticed that the shaft of it looks swollen. I have never seen a feather like this on Spike (cockatiel) before and was wondering if anyone knows why it looks like this. I don't think it could be part blood feather still:confused: Thanks for the help
 

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Hmmm I've never seen anything like that :confused: It doesn't look painful or irritated, just like it grew in wrong. Maybe he pinched it or damaged it early on when it was growing in?
 

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I emailed Spike's breeder the photo and they said the same thing that it may be an old injury. I knew he was clumsy but come on :( They said it would be best to bring him in and have it plucked out :eek: I don't want him hurting :( But the feather has me worried. Have any of you guys had to get a feather plucked out before?
 

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I've had to pull feathers before - usually because it is a broken blood feather. We use a hemostat to grip the feather as close to the skin as we can and give one quick pull, then put pressure on the area. If you're not comfortable, I would have your breeder do it, so you don't have to worry about hurting Spike necessarily :thumbsup:
 

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I will see if I can get my Dad to take me and Spike up there on Sunday. He will probably say do it yourself but I don't want to hurt Spike :(
 

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I guess I don't understand why it needs to come out. It looks to me like he has sort of split the shaft of the feather at one time but as it is healed ( or was not a blood feather when damaged) and no longer a danger to the bird ....why does it need to come out? To me it kinda looks like if you take a straw and bend it ...it slits along the length.
 

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Niblet has several feather sticking out on weird angles, likely due to his accident. I touched them and they are solidly in place. I'm going to let the vet decide what to do on Thursday when we go.
 

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I guess I don't understand why it needs to come out. It looks to me like he has sort of split the shaft of the feather at one time but as it is healed ( or was not a blood feather when damaged) and no longer a danger to the bird ....why does it need to come out? To me it kinda looks like if you take a straw and bend it ...it slits along the length.
It is more like someone put something in the straw that was too big for it and it stretched the straw out. I would rather leave it but Iam worried that it could be infected or get infected :confused:Iam not really sure. I might call on Wed and talk to them on the phone and see what they think about leaving it in.
 

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Well best to get it checked if you are worried so you are doing the right thing. Good luck and please post what they say I am very interested in the result.
 

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I don't think you need to do anything with it, as long as it doesn't appear to be bothering her, just let it molt out naturally. But, if you really are worried about it, then it's best to put your mind at ease. :) I am interested to hear how this plays out too. :thumbsup:
 

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I think Iam going to keep an eye on it, which is hard because it is usually under his other tail feathers but I think right now it would hurt him more to pull it. I weighed him again the other day and he is 81 grams, so his weight is staying steady.
 
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