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12-04-2003, 12:17 PM
I've had a Lutino cockatiel for about 3 months now, and I adore him. Last night, the stupid thing managed to break a blood feather, and i freaked. if a bird breaks a blood feather, they can die from loss of blood, so the feather needs to be pulled out. also, to add a bit of pressure, hemophilia is common in Lutinos, so i wasn't sure if the blood would clot okay. the broken feather was in a place i couldn't reach w/o pinning him down and spreading his wings. I chased him around for about 3 hours, trying to hold him still, no luck. finally, my boyfriend's mom (who lives 20 min away, bless her heart) came and helped me out. the scream he made when i pulled on the broken feather was one of the most horrific sounds i've ever heard!! i just wanted to cry, i felt so awful about hurting my little birdie!!
now i THINK he's okay, but i'm gonna suck it up and pay the expensive fees to take him to a vet to make sure, cuz last night i realized how attached i was to the little buggar. i was practically in tears last night; don't think i could handle anything else happening to my Tiki!
12-04-2003, 01:00 PM
awww :( I'm always terribly afraid of our cats getting out and getting run over. :( So I know how you feel.
12-04-2003, 01:17 PM
That's horrible! :neartears It is so sad when animals are hurt. Is he ok now?
12-04-2003, 02:09 PM
I have a 17 year old dog that stays with my mom, but at 17, the dog's been through a lot and of course still has health problems due to old age.
It never gets easier seeing pets hurt, but doing what you have to do to ensure that the pet receives proper care (even when it means you have to temporarily discomfort them) does get easier since you know you're helping.
12-04-2003, 02:11 PM
12-04-2003, 03:19 PM
Originally posted by revil
it's a new feather, so it still has blood flowing through it. Like, imagine a feather quill, only instead of being filled with ink, it's filled with blood. *shudder* a broken blood feather looks really gross, like a little bone snapped in half, with blood all over it, and in it.
Tiki seems to be okay this morning, but the feather i pulled out broke, so i didn't get the complete shaft of the feather. i can't get to it though, because it's a little piece that's rather buried, so he has to go to the vet to have it properly removed. until then, all i can do is keep and eye on him and make sure he doesn't start bleeding again, and if he does, to stop it asap. :(
thanks for all the support everyone! :) i'll let you know what the vet says!
12-04-2003, 10:08 PM
my old dog was hit by a car, but JUST A BUMP. she had to get stitches. she passed away after 9 or 10 years, but probably one of the best dogs we had.
i'm surprised our jack russell terrior hasn't gotten hit. cause once she's out the yard, you don't know where she is. i chased her a few blocks a month ago, thankfully she's not a kid (she wouldn't stop for me, but she stopped for an old guy and she looked happy doing so!). another time she got out, we found her ACROSS the busy street...not a super busy street, but not a side street.
12-08-2003, 12:08 PM
just an update, Tiki got a clean bill of health from the vet! he says the blood feather wound is healing quite nicely, and other then that, he's a very healthy and loveable bird! yay!!!:D
12-08-2003, 08:37 PM
I've had the same problem with one of my four 'tiels. I agree it is quite scary. Luckily, my birds have an instinct that they will come straight to me if something is wrong or they are scared.
The little guy was spraying droplets of blood everywhere. I held him while my wife pulled. The little guy screamed- and it was over. He jumped back onto my shoulder and just sat there, looking stunned. After a while, I gave himn a scritch on the back of his head, and he was happy again.
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