birtd tail is sore

by roslyn
(port macquarie, nsw, australia)

My bird has broken most of his tail feathers in the middle of his tail. this happens when he tries to fly from a fairly high perch. his wings are clipped but this doesnt stop him trying to fly. you can see new ones trying to come trough but his tail has a small lump on it and it looks very sore and sometimes bleeds a little. he is a scaly breasted lorikeet. i want him to grow some nice feathers and most of all i want him to be pain free. can u help me??


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Mar 05, 2011
Lump on bird's tail
by: The Avian Vet

The main problem is that his wings are clipped and I feel confident to say that he is over clipped. Why have a flight cage for a bird with clipped wings? You need to let his wings grow in and let him recover from all of those falls before you clip him again. When and if you clip him again, you should be very conservative and clip only the outer 4 primary feathers on each side ? no more than that. You should take him in to see an avian veterinarian to determine what the lump is on his tail.

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Mar 04, 2011
birtd tail is sore
by: Linda

Your bird needs to be examined by an Avian Vet immediately. What you are describing could be an injury from flying and falling. My suggestion is to lower all perches so his falls are not so far, and he won't land as hard. When birds' wings are clipped, they cannot be on high perches either in or out of cage because of dangers of injuries if trying to fly.

Right now, find an Avian Vet in your driving area and get bird in there to be thoroughly examined. This very well could be an injury site that has become infected and if left untreated will kill your bird.

Do not take him to a dog and cat vet as they are not licensed or trained in the care of exotic animals and will either do nothing and charge you a lot for it or can and do kill birds with incorrect diagnosis and treatment. Birds have to go to a bird vet only.

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