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Old 10-14-2016, 07:45 PM
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Old 11-27-2016, 08:31 PM
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Re: Disability: Inability to preen my bird...

I should post a grateful update. I had asked for help in dealing with a disability that made it hard for me to preen the Rbird, thus causing him confusion/frustration and me bites/tears. I got a LOAD of great ideas here and have been working with them. Lately, we have reached a peaceful medium, using the tips we got.
We still go to the same quiet spot for evening preening... HE mostly preens himself, but it's still a great time together in the quiet dusk.
I've developed some hand-steadying skills for offering preens on a table.
I've tried to show him my fingers aren't "capable" by dropping stuff, not manipulating toys, and by not grooming myself (smoothing my hair, scratching my nose, etc.).
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Old 11-27-2016, 09:07 PM
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Re: Disability: Inability to preen my bird...

Gail, that is a wonderful update! I had no doubt you and Rb would work thru this, after 32 years, you are like a married couple (Sorry Rival!)
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Do you think Rb is starting to understand that you can't preen him like before?
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Re: Disability: Inability to preen my bird...

Terry, I do... he still gives me the royal stink eye, but he just fluffs and grooms himself and makes the same little coo-cooooo noises he used to make when i preened him!
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Re: Disability: Inability to preen my bird...

Well first of all never be ashamed or embarassed of any dis/inability! We all have our differences, but how much they effect us depends on our acceptance of them, and whether they effect us positively or negatively depends on our perspective of them/ourselves - it is all a matter of how we think. A weakness is only so if you perceive it as that.
Anyway to maybe help, would one of those flimsy plastic tweezers help? Not sure if it would be just as difficult to use, but maybe it would be easier since you can see what you are doing a bit better, and a simpler action of just squeezing rather than getting the feather in between your fingers and rolling and making more complicated movement. Not sure, but many of the other comments are great ideas and Im sure the crazy old rooster still loves you.
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Re: Disability: Inability to preen my bird...

In my experience the actual crushing of the feather casing isn't totally necessary. I've found that as they become more brittle a mere aggressive brushing will do the job.

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Re: Disability: Inability to preen my bird...

Sorry Gail, cannot believe I haven't discovered this thread. I hope you find relief for both your sensory/motor issues and preening His Highness!

If you can clench RBird in your hands and hold him closely, wonder if wearing a very rough shirt or interfacing with a rough flattened towel would be a good "scratching post" for his head? If you can gently either rub his head or the material across his pinfeathers, moving with the feather direction, of course. Sounds silly, but?????
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Re: Disability: Inability to preen my bird...

Love ya, Terry.

Loko, I probaby would't have the exterity to work tweezers, but I'll play around with it and see. Thank you for your word...they really lifted me up. The rooster does love me. Little creep.

Goaler, you're spot on. I can manage stiff-fingered brushing and it does work.

Scott... actually, you're right! He has discovered for himself that he can rub against my hair or glasses to scritch HIMSELF. It's pretty cute.

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