First order of the day was to clean cages! Sam is in a nesting mode, so he snuck into the trash where I stash the old cage papers. He did not want to leave….argh! But a little tidbit helped change his mind.
Then I took Chipper to the vet to have his check and to have my avian vet check this weird feather he was growing. Chipper has been molting heavily – as has everybody else except Sam – and it’s taken a long time for him to grow a new set of feathers. He’s been lethargic and grumpy.
One of his primary feathers was starting to grow weird and then it became painful for Chipper. He’d wince or squeak when he stretched.
So the doc just pulled it out.
Here is what it looked like – a spiral feather with a really heavy, thick shaft. The doc felt the strange growth occurred when it was growing out and probably got injured.
Chipper feels much better since it was pulled!
Chipper and Charlie often sit, play, sing, chew boxes on top of their cages, a side of which faces the front door. Whenever I’m home on mild or warm days, I open the inner door and just use the screen door in order to provide more light for the birds.
Of course, they also see whenever the deer traipse through the front yard, or if the neighbor’s calico cat stalks through. These sightings are ho-hum for them.
On this day, however, they saw — EEEK! These monstrously large VELOCIRAPTORS! (Or otherwise know as wild turkeys.) At least, to the cockatiels, they looked pretty bit and very scary…
Well, all in a day’s work…