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Old 12-27-2016, 12:06 PM
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Question A Bent Tail feather

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I'm a moron and spooked Timneh into jumping form my shoulder with my blender. I had a pot on the stove cold from having it on a slow boil for humidity and wouldn't you know she landed right in it and immediately popped out of it. Holy cow it all happened so fast. She shook her tail fathers out and its still bent. I worry about it breaking and bleeding. What should I do? Doesn't seem to bother her I gave Timneh a pine nut and a piece of almond right after it happened. Then she ate breakfast fine. Poor baby I'm such a ding dong. I forgot to prepare her for the upcoming noise. Shes so awesome sometimes I forget we haven't been together very long. Also I was searching my health food store for organic apple sauce and came across these pouches with different fruit and vegetable blends. No added sugar or salt, just lemon juice for preservative. All organic, and I mixed some in with sweet potato mashed which isn't her fav and she seemed to really dig it. Think these are ok to use? Thank you fro the help.
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Old 12-27-2016, 02:15 PM
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Re: A Bent Tail feather

Rough day for timneh so far. I came downstairs from getting ready fro work and she leaned to far forward on one of her toys excited to see me and took a header a foot and a half down to her rope perch. Seems ok shes stretching her wing out but dang. Scared twice today and its not even 3:00. Might give my Mom a call and have her check in on Timneh while I'm at work. Her balance seems fine just an accident, tried to swing around on her rope and block perch and it shifted on her. She locks it in place against the cage with her weight pretty clever.
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Old 12-27-2016, 03:05 PM
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Re: A Bent Tail feather

Keep an eye on Timneh re the feather annoying her and her deciding to try and do something about it. If it does happen I personally would want to seek AV help and assistance.

Food: Go through the ingredients with a tooth comb even have a look at makers website and scrutinise the ingredients. If nothing on the 'no' list, all OK. IMO not every day though.

I had a pot on the stove cold from having it on a slow boil Now this does worry me what if .. this pot had scalding hot water in it as before? Get the point? She is jumpy so you are going to have to think a lot more! Not having a go but trying to save your girl from getting seriously injured or god forbid more serious, OK?

Have a long slow look at her cage and as she is both acrobatic and a little clumsy see if you can rearrange to minimise the chances of her falling and injuring herself. Set up routines where you expect her to be at a set point in her cage to see you, if she is somewhere else encourage her to your end and treat. Can you fix in a fixed position that swing thing so it cannot move?

Good idea asking your mom to check all is well, she can react if not and you get some peace of mind. Timneh sounds a great girl.
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Re: A Bent Tail feather

Young Parrots and Tail Feathers are a constant of; having, damaging and replacing. Leave the feather(s) that are bent and that way she will learn to properly work her feathers to keep them in good condition. Since it is bend, she will like loose that feather in the near future.

Like Human babies, a tumble is fairly common! So again, not a big issue.

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Old 12-27-2016, 03:48 PM
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Re: A Bent Tail feather

The Rbird and I fight about his tail all the time, still. It's such a long, golden-green thing of beauty, and he seems constantly to be rubbing it the wrong way, or bending it, or fraying it. I am constantly trying to chase him down and smoothe and repair it. If it's badly bent, he will usually pull it, maybe as an instinctive desire to have functional/attractive feathers. It grows back in without complications, as far as I'm aware.

He, too, is very jumpy and of course, flighted, so we have an elaborate "check system" before I let him loose.
STOVE CLEAR? CHECK!
DOORS/WINDOWS CLOSED? CHECK!
FANS OFF? CHECK!
TOILET LIDS DOWN? CHECK!
And we no longer have candles to be snuffed, poisonous plants to be stashed, or cats to be contained.
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Welcome fellow moron! Thank God the water was cool!
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Re: A Bent Tail feather

Thanks everyone. It was a very scary wake up call today. Shes been living with this toy for who knows how long at least the two months at the pet store and i think probably longer. I might take it out I finally found this coconut shell toy that she now uses as her new sleeping perch and it is much more secure. The other rope block toy was the old preferred sleeping spot. As soon as I turn out the lights up she'd go and manipulate the toy so it was at just the angle. Going to be adding some new flat perches tomorrow.
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Re: A Bent Tail feather

Well you've had a couple of close calls, and hopefully you've learned from them. The pot on the stove is very scary, not only would she have been very badly burnt had it been boiling, but may have died a horribly painful death. You just have to check these things on a regular basis before your bird is allowed into the kitchen, the bathroom, etc. I don't let my guys anywhere near the kitchen when I'm cooking and I always make sure the stove is clear of everything before they come in. I once read a horrible story from a woman that had a lovebird that she absolutely adored like her child. This bird went EVERYWHERE with her all the time, and slept in the top drawer of her nightstand every night in a specially made bed. The bird had a special hotel playstand and bag packed at all times because they often traveled. They had gone on vacation and were on their way home and got a hotel room. She set up his playstand and his drawer in the room and fed him. Then she and her husband went out for dinner...When they came back she found her dear little bird dead in the toilet, she had forgotten to shut the bathroom door or put the toilet lid down. He had flown into the toilet, got wet, and couldn't fly or climb back out, and he drown. She was devastated and never forgave herself. It's these little things that can change life in an instant.

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Re: A Bent Tail feather

Thats awful I have heard of similar stories with the toilet but that one seems particularly heart breaking. I have noticed I do much less cooking at home since I got timneh because I do try to keep her out of the kitchen when I have anything going on. Her tail feather seems to be doing well. Readinig all the horror stories on here was tough but very eye opening to the many unexpected daily dangers to our Fids.
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Re: A Bent Tail feather

Wow. Awful story.

Hmmm... yes, it's important to explore newly-discovered hazards and possibilities for freak accidents, but I have an idea it's the basics... the stuff "everybody knows"... the day-to-day easy-to-forget/overlook stuff. I try to have a little checklist litany before I let the Rbird loose. Toilet/windows/door/stove/fans. Candles, toxic plants and dangeous perch-places (like uncovered light-bulbs) are already long gone.

Good thread. Saddening but even old-timers need an occasional reminder to stay vigilant.
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