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LNCAG last won the day on January 3

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  • Birthday 11/15/1965


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    Vegetarian animal lover. Have had my CAG "Snickers" since 1997, also keep tarantulas, ball python, bearded dragon and a spoiled cat.
    Oh, I should add that I'm Ellen -- just like using LN instead online.


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    Between the middle of nowhere and the end of the road


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    Reading, watching Doctor Who, oil painting, also playing piano and guitar.


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    Social Worker/Case Manager

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  1. Got to feel good to get those out!!!
  2. Thank you for the update. I am so glad she got to come home. It certainly sounds like a good report and that your girl is on the mend now. Good luck with the pain meds -- but you've done so much for her, I'm sure the meds will go fine too. Bless her little heart, and again, so glad she's home! Sending a bunch of healing vibes and good wishes to your Matilda!
  3. Is she home or staying at the vet's office? Glad the vet is going to remove them and give her some comfort. Any other feathers affected to be aware of or was it limited to 2? Also, what does the vet think caused this to happen?
  4. Please do let us all know how the vet visit goes. I am kicking myself for not getting more information from you. This thread began like a one-off picked feather to so many other possible issues going on with her. Be sure to let your vet know everything that has happened so he will have more information to go on! Fingers crossed for a good vet report!!!
  5. LNCAG

    Vet question

    I wish I had asked more questions in your feather plucking thread! Every time you post there is new relevant information. So, she's moulting, had a run in with a ladder AND there have been changes at home. And she turns out to be a youngster. I'm glad she's going to the vet-- that's a LOT of stuff going on that could influence her feather chewing: from being uncomfortable in her moult, to her possibly trying to repair a feather injury herself, to even a possible behavioural issue with you suddenly not being home all day. And it could be a combo of 2 or all three things going on at on
  6. LNCAG

    Vet question

    Unless the vet advises against it, I stay with my parrots. And when the vet is through, I become the hero. It's a rescue scenario -- mean vet does stuff to this poor little parrot - but -- then her loving wonderful human 'rescues' her from the vet. Can't promise it always works that way, but with my guys, that was nearly always the case. Mine literally clung to me for snuggles after the vet exam, while shooting evil looks at the vet! Your girl should associate most of the bad experience to the vet and the office with strange smells. You will likely be her hero... and if for some reason y
  7. With more information this all makes more sense now. Poor girl. That second feather just didn't sound right to me and definitely changed my view of things. Hope it's just a small injury the vet can sort out quickly. I would definitely give her lots of things to chew on (toys, cardboard, paper, etc.) to distract her so she'll leave her feathers alone to heal. Even after the vet sorts her out, the area will still be irritating/sore for her -- so she'll need lots of distractions so she'll continue to leave the area alone. I truly believe your girl has been trying to heal herself... and
  8. Not good. One feather was just a fluke. Like maybe the first feather got twisted and was bothering her. But two? It's not really normal for a parrot to chew a fresh new feather in half -- much less two. Is your girl moulting and uncomfortable? Are you sure it's wing wasn't caught between the cage bars and injured, or maybe your parrot flew into/bumped into something? How long have you had this parrot? Your 2nd feather looks newer -- it looks like a freshly formed feather where the sheath has either fallen away (or been preened away by your bird). Yet that pictured feather is
  9. My grey can be very intense and devoted. He's regurgitated millions of times for me. I don't encourage it (basically just put him back on his stand or in his cage) and I prefer it if he picks toy instead. They need an outlet so I think you made a good choice. A funny: I have had parrots who regurgitated for me and then re-swallowed it, like "Wait! I don't want to waste this on you." So hurtful. Where's the love??? lol
  10. All is well with your parrot, feather-wise. A blood feather is a one that is still developing and still has a blood supply. Once mature, the parrot's body cuts off the blood supply to the developing feather and it's just a normal mature feather. Trust me, you'll know a blood feather; when broken. a blood feather can literally spurt blood for many feet (or even meters) helter skelter across the walls of your room. All feathers begin with a blood supply -- so the evidence of some dried blood is normal even in a fully formed feather. Also, just feather irritation to the skin could cause
  11. >>Thanx for your advice. The only problem I’m having is when my girl flies then lands she starts screaming so I’m thinking the base of the feather is still there. There’s no way she will even let me pull out her wing to see what’s going on. Im thinking I may have no choice but to take her to the Vet. I’m really worried about her. She has put back on the 10 grams she lost. << Glad her weight is improving! And welcome to parrot issues 101. Yeah, I ended up taking my macaw to the vet once for a broken blood feather in her wing that she refused to let me handle. Sometime
  12. Just agreeing with others: the injured feather preceded the feather removal. Chronic feather plucking is quite different and begins with your grey plucking healthy down, semiplume and contour feathers (on it's chest) -- generally not important feathers like wing feathers. Any time my grey gets an injured wing feather, I always just hope he will just remove it himself. The exception is a split/broken blood feather, spurting blood -- in which case I support the wing and pull the feather's base out completely with a pliers (pulling in the direction the feather is growing). Because such
  13. I'd leave the toy. I don't think you can modify the behaviour with toy removal; you can only make it slightly more difficult for him to find a new toy/outlet to express himself. I'd argue he needs an outlet. Good luck with your fellow -- he sound very normal. Greys just do the best they can in their circumstances, yannoe?
  14. You show such wonderful devotion to all your pets! Hope you all have a wonderful holiday season! Scritches to the cats (and just give Alfie a virtual neck scritch from me -- no point in testing his patience too much)!!!!
  15. Added thought: I will say some pet stores do have some employees very knowledgeable about fish. I remember back in the day when the pet store was my fish vet -- also a place where you could take a water sample in for testing. Not every pet store, obviously, but some were quite brilliant when it came to fish keeping trouble-shooting.
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