impacted tail feather
Thank you so much for your answer to my previous question about mesquite pods. Since there is no avian vet in my state or anywhere within many, many hundreds of kilometers I need your advice once again. About 15 years ago my Molluccan cockatoo kept breaking his tail feathers, I subsequently got him a larger cage.......I know how dangerous broken "blood feathers" are and I made a call to an avian vet in the US. He told me that the only sure way to stop the blood was to pull the feather out, IT WAS A NIGHTMARE but all OK now. The problem is that he no longer has tail feathers, they never really grew back. What he does have is a good sized sort of "bony lump" on one side of his "non-tail" and one feather that "tries" to emerge every few months. The "bony" spot isn't hot or soft or even really worrisome but this other feather that "tries" certainly is a concern. He tries to sort of "preen" it but, eventually, it starts to sort of ooze and I have to pluck it out. It is pretty awful for both of us but afterwards he is just fine again. Is there anything that I can do to stop this from happening? When I do pull it I find that it is, in fact, a sort of mal-formed folded feather.
Harris and I surely will appreciate ANY help!!!