by Leo Rahal
(Albuquerque New Mexico)
Dear Avian Vet: Our green-cheeked conure sustained a fractured knee when she attempted to fly after chewing her wing feathers of which we were not aware. We watch and interact with her daily but did not realize the extent of the change within a 2 hour period.
We had a vet put a splint on for approximately 2 weeks. It was removed and were told to return in two weeks. Does it take 4 weeks for the fracture to heal and what can we do to help here to stop eating her feathers? We were told that she did this to make a nest which when we found an egg after holding her.
Thank you for your help.