Budgie blood feather issue?
I got four budgies about a month now but my parents don't let me take them inside. I know they have to be inside in room temperature but my parents think I'm being silly. They only have a blanket to keep warm :( My main problem is that one of the females, had her blood feather come off and I found her bleeding in the morning. I know I had to hold her with a blanket and take the remaining of the feather off but I can't catch her, she keep flying away and the other birds are in the way too. (My mum tried and it bit her) she is untrained so I really couldn't do anything. A day later I notice she isn't flying, the others move around and she just uses the cage to move. I cannot touch her cause she is still in training and I cannot really get near her yet. What should I do? Please help me...
- Anonymous8 years agoFavorite Answer
1) you did not say where you live - so we have no idea how cold it gets- but if you researched - you would find that people keep budgies in aviaries outside in snowy areas (with heaters next to them).
2) Your refusal to touch the bird because she is in training is not reason enough not to touch a bird who is now basically sick from blood loss or hurting. Get a piece of cloth that is just as big as the area inside the cage - get cloths pins or clamps or rubber bands or twisty ties. put the cloth in the cage and start attaching one corner of the cloth to one side of the cage bottom to the ground- if the metal wires do not go all the way down to the bottom weight the cloth down with something heavy.-with what ever you have. Then attach another corner to the top of the cage. Make sure there is not enough space for a bird to slip by. Now attach the bottom of the 3rd corner to the other side of the bottom of the cage. You will then have a large triangle of opening because the 4th corner is hanging down. Shoo the 3 other birds to the other side and quickly put up the 4th corner and attach it. You then have the hurt bird in half of the cage or less space and you should be able to grab it.
These sites are for how to hold the bird so you won't sufficate it because they do not have lungs like us (they have air sacs) and they need to expand their whole chest to breath.
Are you willing to pull the broken blood feather out yourself? If not please take the bird to a avian vet or a vet who is experienced with pulling a blood feather out- it is relatively simple - but it is better to have the shaft pulled out and seal the hole immediately - than let the blood drain out of the shaft -like trickle of water out of a water hose with that the faucet has not been shut completely.
i found a previous posting from this site that is pretty good
here is another site-that has a very good explanation- I really like this site and refer a lot of people to it.
A parakeet can only lose so much blood. A bird can lose 10% without danger. Losses of 20 to 30 % are relatively easily tolerated. a strong and otherwise healthy bird could even sustain a loss of 50%or slightly more and survive. A parakeet the weighs one ounce/30 g. has about 60 drops of blood - 10% is 6 drops- 30% is 20 drops. Your decision on what you should do. - I would recommend you give her some extra warmth because she did lose a lot of blood and will be feeling weak. Look up about making a special cage or fish tank for her to be warm and recover.
This is one of the best budgie site online written by a vet and expands constantly - it is basically a total book on care/food/basic diagnosis of diseases and health problems and first aid, etc.
and there is a page or so on blood feather and cage for a sick bird - i have seen some of his stuff copied in other places- he is that good.
this is the the other site that i recommend - it also is very good- and the other parts are pretty good except of course they want you to buy stuff from them.
bugie greens-weeds to gather. From Dr. Ross who has many free short U tube videos on how- to -on hurt and sick bird
Hope this helps - and go online and do more reading on budgie/parakeets.Source(s): The Complete Bird Owner's Handbook by Gary A. Gallerstein, DVM. http://au.answers.yahoo.com/question/ind%E2%80%A6 http://www.cockatielcottage.net/feathers%E2%80%A6 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsMdnQJ1LSI http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbHv0CKuRJg http://www.drexotic.com/common-avian-eme%E2%80%A6 http://www.birds-online.de/gesundheit/ge%E2%80%A6 http://www.birds-online.de/nahrung/nahru%E2%80%A6 http://puppiesareprozac.com/budgie-parak%E2%80%A6 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHoRLKFmh%E2%80%A6 http://www.budgiehealth.com/physical-examination-o...