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[Jul. 18th, 2007|05:09 pm]


i have a six year old blue and gold macaw.
he came to us over a year ago now from a crappy home where he wasn't taken care of well. his name is Skylor, and he's clumsy as hell.

normally i keep his wings clipped, but lately, i've admitedly slacked on this. last night when i was at work, my boyfriend ian accidently scared bird man as he walked into the room. skylor was sitting on top of his cage and tried to fly. my guess is that he aimed himself to the fishtank, but flew too high, hit the wall, and landed-tail first-on the tank. not wanting to scare skylor more, ian had deb pic him up and put him back in the cage.

i called ian about half an hour after this happened and he was worried. he told me about what happened and that there were some spots of blood on the bed where deb had walked him, and on the floor. sure enough, there were. when i came home, i checked the ends of his wings for broken feathers, but found none. then i looked at his tail....oh boy.....

he has a couple new feathers coming in. one of the ones that was probly going to be over a foot long is broken. it's only four inches long right now. but it's a very thick feather. by the time i looked at it, it had already started drying, and i didn't want to hinder it doing so by putting him in a bath to help get rid of some of the blood. it stopped bleeding about an hour later. i was carefull to keep him hydrated and make sure his behavior didn't change. i didn't want him picking at it either, and am still discouraging him to do it.

i'm about to go to the store to get some quik stop. i'm going to use it after i give him a bath to help clean it and discourage infection.

i am worried about what to do from here. let me stress to you that i do not have money. and i'm not one of those people who has a little money in the bank and just refuses to spend it on their critters. i mean, right now i'm broke. otherwise, i would take him to the vet. i can't even get advice from the vet without them diagnosing the problem and sucking me dry first. i'm worried though, that the feather may need to be removed...

ug...i just don't know what to do! if you have any advice, any at ALL, please...

From: olotusflowero
2007-07-19 04:52 am (UTC)
If there's a wildlife rehabilitation center in your area, maybe you can contact them and see if they can be any help. I used to work at one, and I know they have access to a lot of good medications and usually are staffed with one or two well educated animal care experts. Anyway, I think that if you called them and explained what happened, they might be able to give you some free, educated suggestions on how to take care of it. Some places might even take a look at your bird, just because they usually really care.

Otherwise you might be able to have a mini-fundraiser amongst your friends to help pay vet fees.

Hope this helps! Good luck.
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From: olotusflowero
2007-07-19 04:54 am (UTC)
Another thing you could do now that I think of it (which might be better) is call an avian rescue place or the humane society. I don't know where exactly you're located, but one I know of is MAARS, midwest avian adoption & rescue services. www.maars.org. :)
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[User Picture]From: winds_of_fall
2007-07-23 08:41 am (UTC)
thank you. i'll certainly give their site a try as i'm in the west all together
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