Twisted feather Quaker

by Elissa
(Hicksville, NY)

Willie - Quaker Parrot

Willie - Quaker Parrot

I have a 25 or 26ish year old Quaker Parrot named Willie (William Penn). He has a twisted feater under his wing closest to his back. He tried to pull it out but could not. I don't think he is in pain but may be unfortable (I think I'd be). He is otherwise in good health. Any ideas?

Thank you for any comments/suggestions.
Elissa

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Dec 02, 2009
Feather twisted
by: The Vet

Give him a bath to help him preen and maybe loosen the feather. Otherwise, it is nothing to be concerned over. If it is not out within a few days or a week or so, then make an appointment with your avian veterinarian to have a look at it.

Dr B

Dec 01, 2009
Twisted feather Quaker
by: Linda

Hi, it's me again. If you do not feel comfortable pulling the feather, take your bird to an Avian Vet and have them do this one so you know EXACTLY how to do it and have them let you watch.

Older feathers usually come out pretty quickly, blood feathers are more stubborn, so don't do anything you feel uncomfortable with. The longer this takes, the more bird is sressed which has been know to cause heart failure.

Just wanted to get that said in case it makes you squemish. I've had to do it in emergency situations where bird is ALREADY stressed, and if done smoothly and quickly, all is well.

Linda

Dec 01, 2009
Twisted feather Quaker
by: Linda

Hello and thanks for writing. The feather will come out next time Willie molts. If it is very uncomfortable, you CAN pull it out. Is it a blood feather (fresh feather with purple in shaft close to skin)? Blood feathers are more tricky though either type is a little tricky.

What you'll need to is to have a clean pair of needle-nose pliers, another person to hold the bird still for you, and a quiet place to pull the feather. Grasp feather either an inch or two from where it grows into body or a little lower down toward the middle. In one fluid motion, pull the feather straight out the way it grows into the body. If feather is growing down, them pull it straigh down from where it grows in. Do not twist or turn it, just straight down and out from where it grows into body. If it is a blood feather, it will probably well up with a drop or so of blood. You can put some styptic powder or a pad on it. It will coagulate in a very short while, but watch it to make sure. If it is a clear feather, there may also be a little blood, but probably not. The blood feathers bleed because the blood was going from skin up into the shaft. One of the older, clear ones should not do anything.

This process does pinch a little when feather comes out, but it will be over with after that, and a new feather shaft will now be free to come in. Your bird won't like you doing this, so have a holder, and you may need to wrap bird in towel except for the area where feather is. If you do this quickly, bird will not be stressed as much.

This is the process for those of you whose birds break a blood feather. Broken blood feathers will continue to bleed until bird is dead from blood loss, so use the above instructions for pulling it out. Once pulled out, the blood flow will stop and coagulate, and your bird will be safe. If this ever happens when you're not there, your bird will most likely bleed out.Broken blood feathers happens mostly with the big Macaws who have the long tails that are always getting broken when they fall. Big Macaws are very clumsy birds and tend to fall some.

Hope this helps you and have a wonderful, warm and safe Holiday time.

Linda

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