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Old 12-08-2016, 05:24 AM
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I have a 5 year old Jenday Conure named Tipsy. We've never had a problem with him and he was playful and cheerful as always yesterday. I wake up today and check up on him and he's plucked the feathers below his beak and he's bleeding. I'm not sure what's caused this sudden turn and when I showed my mother she told me that she doesn't have the money to send him to a vet. Please help, what can I possibly do to make sure my little friend is okay?
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Old 12-08-2016, 05:34 AM
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Do you have photos of him, before and after? It is very unusual for a happy healthy parrot to pull out large numbers of feathers out of the blue. How badly is he bleeding and where from? Pictures of the wounds? Any other symptoms? Respiratory issues, fluffed and sitting low in the cage, vomiting, abnormal droppings etc...? Any way he could have gotten hold of any metal that could have contained zinc (which would be most metals around the house)? Introduction of anything new to the home he could be having an allergic reaction to?
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Here are some pictures of Tipsy before and after all of this. His behaviour has largely been normal though today I'm just worried about him hurting himself again. Nothing has been introduced in his environment everything is how it always is. The only change has been the weather as we're now into summer and it's a lot hotter but we have the aircons and fans and he's never responded this way to a change in weather before.
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Unfortunately your pics have not uploaded.

He's plucked his front/chest?
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Quote: Originally Posted by plumsmum2005 View Post
Unfortunately your pics have not uploaded.

He's plucked his front/chest?
I think they have uploaded now
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Are you sure, cannot see any yet ha ha.

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The photos now show!
I am of no help, but that looks so painful!

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I am sorry to say this but feel he needs to see an AV. Something is very wrong for him to do this to himself and very possibly is in pain now. Is there anyone who will lend you the necessary funds? Will the AV help spread the costs?

I am tempted to say would he take to a spray but that would possibly introduce infection. Please take him.

He looks a lovely bird.

I had to re log in to see pics, sorry.
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Poor baby That looks so painful. He really does need to see a vet, infection can set in so quickly in these little guys, but if your mom will absolutely not take him you'll have to use some basic first aid skills at home (perhaps your mom can help?). Use a fresh packet of sterile gauze from the first aid kit with a bit of hydrogen peroxide on it to clean that with (not anything else, many disinfectants safe for people are not safe for parrots). You need to disinfect it so it does not become infected. I'd wear some thick gloves, as peroxide stings when applied to a wound and he may nip or bite you out of discomfort.

Look around his cage, where are the feathers and blood? That looks like an injury, like he got his head or beak stuck and ripped out feathers pulling it out. Is there a toy he got his head stuck in? Between the cage bars? Cage grate?
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I agree with everyone else - this bird definitely needs to see a vet. Fast.
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