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9 month old - yellow sided green cheek conure - Chikoo
Hello! I recently noticed this really weird growth in my conure's tail. I've never seen something like this before so I was concerned if I should visit a vet right away. Not sure if anyone else has seen something like this and offer any advice, but he doesn't let me touch it and bites me very angrily when I do. I don't know what that black stem is, but it's growing featherless. He's eating and behaving fine other than when I try to touch his tail, so i'm not sure if it's something serious, or if it will pass if I give it some time to grow out. :confused: Thanks in advance!

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Laurasea

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Stumps me..... not sure what to think
 

SailBoat

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There appears to be a broken feather above and a bit to the right of the odd feather growth. The appearance is more like a feather that had been damaged as part of its growth and is now pushing a partial structure.

Likely painful, likely prone too breaking and as a result, likely to bleed. Fully agree with above. Time to visit an Avian Medical Professional.

Have not seen anything like that before.
 

WhiteFlight

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Quite irregular. I would remove it.

Both of us know how and are fully ready to deal with a blood feather or like emergency. Not everyone is so prepared. Hence, I lean toward having an Avian Professional involved.

I can appreciate and have respect for the view. It is important to know your limits.

I recommend those that are capable and have the desire to acquire the ability, to do so. The knowledge and experienced gained can defuse a serious threatening situation, should it arise. The situation did arise with Meisha. Monkeying around, she fell to the bottom of her cage, rupturing a blood feather in the tail. Aware she needed help, she screamed in desperation. It was different. We were all in other rooms at my office. I responded. The blood loss to the bottom of the cage was excessive. The removal was messy and quick. The bleeding stopped abruptly.
 

wrench13

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Hi Modus

Before you contemplate removing the feather, please make sure you read/watch plenty of info on the procedure, and have all the needed or possibly needed tools, etc right at hand when you do so, if you decide to do so. Stellar idea to have these all together already, as a kind of emergency kit, because you never know when a feather must be removed immediately. Like if he falls and breaks a blood feather. In those cases you can't wait for a vet visit. Broken blood feathers can act as a faucet for blood and birds can quickly bleed out if the flow can't be stopped almost immediately.
 

WhiteFlight

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Hi Modus
Before you contemplate removing the feather, please make sure you read/watch plenty of info on the procedure, and have all the needed or possibly needed tools, etc right at hand when you do so, if you decide to do so. Stellar idea to have these all together already, as a kind of emergency kit, because you never know when a feather must be removed immediately. Like if he falls and breaks a blood feather. In those cases you can't wait for a vet visit. Broken blood feathers can act as a faucet for blood and birds can quickly bleed out if the flow can't be stopped almost immediately.

Indeed good advice. Here are some search results with more resources available on line:

[ame="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VK3fsHUDgtU"]How to Remove a Blood Feather / Video[/ame]
 

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