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Bird Emergency!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Jessie, my female cockatiel, kept me from going to the gym tonight. As usual, I had the cage open. Jessie is not the best flier; she tends to crash land, but never gets hurt. I have soft carpet everywhere, so that cushions her.
This time, though, when I picked her up from the floor, she was bleeding. In all the years I've had birds, that's never happened. I had some quick stop powder and liberally applied it all over anything that seemed to be bleeding; when I calmed down a bit and examined her better, I realized the bleeding came from one of her tailfeathers, which had broken. This seems to be common in birds and no cause for alarm, as long as the bleeding stops, which it did. I was alarmed anyway.
I thought about taking her to the emergency vet, but none of the clinics answered the phone, and anyway, I was worried she might get even more worked up during the transport and hurt herself more.
She happily ate the millet spray I gave her and started to grind her beak (the sign of a happy bird), so she seemed to be alright. Still, I kept monitoring her for bleeding, and I definitely won't leave tonight. I'll get up early tomorrow to give her a bath so I can wash off the powder and blood residue.
I guess I did burn some calories by running around hysterically trying to take care of my bird.
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    Awww poor birdie. You are a good bird-mommy.
    1851 days ago
    OH NO!!

    That is the worst!

    I hope she is okay.

    I once had a bird stand in a makeshift tub of flour for a looong time it freaked me out so much.
    1851 days ago
    She seems to be fine this morning, even though the area still seems to be tender. I got up early and gave her a lukewarm bath to wash away the blood and powder
    1851 days ago
    Oh no.. glad Jessie is okay! Enjoy your day!
    1851 days ago
    I hope Jessie is doing better today. She's lucky she has such a caring mom. Have a great day! emoticon
    1851 days ago
    our companion beasties, including birds, are more important than a visit to the gym. when they are hurt, they need to be taken care of.
    1852 days ago
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