12-27-03, 04:23 PM
I inherited my brothers white face male cockatiel named jake recently. He is a little love, that white face and little crown make him look like a dairy queen ice cream cone. I haven't had a chance to get him to a vet yet, but today we were manhandling him (he doesn't like to be seperated from his new mate, my female grey, Gracie) and we saw what we think is bone sticking out on a wing. Needless to say I am freaked out and will get him an apt on monday or as soon as I can with our avian vet, but I'm kinda curious. He doesn't seem to be in any pain, he can fly (or rather crash land, he's clipped) and we don't know when he could have hurt himself, since he just came to live with me recently. I guess I'm just venting. I'm freaked out that my little dude might be hurt. I know there's a pretty low possibility, but does any one here know what this might be? I'm a bird person but I'm at a loss :(
It could be an old, healed, break. They have to heal really fast in order to survive in the wild so if he has no pain just leave and dont worry.
01-04-04, 12:22 PM
Yeah, he's going to the vet tomorrow anyhow. He doesn't look like he's in any pain, he chases his girl, eats like a pig and is a beak grinding fool. But my newest grey baby budgie just hurt himself. He's bleeding. We're freaking out. We want to take him to an avian vet but there are none on the weekends in las vegas. We're afraid a normal vet will hurt him more, so he'll probably have to just pull through until tomorrow morning. We put their cage in a cool dark corner of our bedroom so they don't move around and freak out. We don't know if his wing is broken or if he cut himself when he jumped out of the cage (I was changing his food out). I've spent the past 20 minutes crying. I'm just hoping he pulls through.
Well it sounds like his wing is the bit thats bleeding. For wounds on birds i gently apply a little Sterzac powder. The powder used for stopping bleeding when you cut into the quick of a dogs claw.
After that just allow it to heal.
I have found more often than not a home remedy beats a trip to the vet. This is mainly due to the stress levels involved with a trip to the vets.
01-04-04, 02:42 PM
We found an avian vet who was open, put a big fluffy towel in our cat (bird) carrier and tucked the little guy in there. Good news is it was his blood feathers and they are done bleeding. Bad news is he has a little bit of a respitory infection, so we're gonna give them oral antibiotics 2x a day (we have 4 baby budgies in the cage together). So all is well that ends well, and we nipped another problem in the bud. Everything happens for a reason and our little guys will be fine :) I know about the sketptic powder, but I was told that was mainly for thier claws and it burned thier skin. I'll have to check out the stuff you recomended, and keep some on hand.
For colds in birds gentle steaming works best.
Birds by nature cover any infection and will only show symptoms just before death, thereby rendering antibiotics vertually useless.
I would put the bird in an airy cage and cover the top with a blanket, leaving the sides open. Place a bowl of steaming water beside the cage and arrainge the blanket so it directs the steam into the cage. Do this for about 15 minutes three of four times a day and the bird should recover very quickly.
I have used this with canaries and budgies and cockateils and my parents have used it on their African gray a few times over the years. It has always proved to be the most effective way to cure the infection.
Not only that but most infections will be viral based and antibiotics do nothing for viruses.
01-04-04, 07:00 PM
Thanks for the advice, we went out and bought the powder. We're gonna go the antibiotics just incase but we'll try the steaming as well. :)
I hope it helps the little chap.
Just let me know if i am getting too bossy, somtimes i start rattling off advice when clearly none is wanted(clearly to everyone else on the planet that is).
01-05-04, 10:25 PM
You're not being bossy at all, just making helpful suggestions. He's doing well now. All of them are little beak grinding machines at this moment. They're all cuddled up on a perch and one of them is alseep. I think they'll be just fine. THey do hate my husbands hand now, since he has to grab them and medicate them 2x a day.