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wyspur
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PostSubject: Mutilation   Wed Feb 29, 2012 8:16 pm

Does anybody here have issues with this? My eek mutilated herself last week. This is a very difficult thing to deal with.
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PostSubject: Re: Mutilation   Wed Feb 29, 2012 11:12 pm

Are you talking about plucking, or beyond plucking to serious damage?
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PostSubject: Re: Mutilation   Wed Feb 29, 2012 11:30 pm

I don't have any birds that mutilate now. About 10 years ago I took in an M2 that mutilated his chest. I don't know how long he was mutilating himself. The vet said the wound/scab would never heal on its own. I ended up having him surgically debrided and the wound sewed up. The bird wore an e-collar. The day I took the e-collar off he immediately slammed his beak into his chest like a knife. I ended up jumping on him and forcing his beak out of his chest and putting the e-collar back on. He'd be sleeping and making mutilation motions against the e-collar. Took me at least a year before I could take the e-collar off and he didn't immediately try to hurt himself.

For that M2 it was most likely a psychological problem as the prior owners lost interest in him and left him in the cage for years on end. At the time I took him he was fully vetted and determined "healthy" (disease free).

Some birds mutilate for medical reasons. I believe worms and skin infections can cause mutilation. Have you had your bird vetted?

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PostSubject: Re: Mutilation   Thu Mar 01, 2012 12:23 am

The closest I've come was when Bucky was plucking. That was pretty traumatic and it wasn't even that bad. (((Wyspur))) I'm sorry. I wish I could do something more than offer emotional support, but the best I can do is say hang in there.

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PostSubject: Re: Mutilation   Thu Mar 01, 2012 11:18 am

None here, sorry Sad

Is this your little Caique who had the scare?
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PostSubject: Re: Mutilation   Thu Mar 01, 2012 12:10 pm

Yes, she took to mutilating. She's on anti-psychotic meds. Not sure if she will stop after she's healed. She will not wear a collar ;o(
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PostSubject: Re: Mutilation   Thu Mar 01, 2012 1:54 pm

wyspur wrote:
She will not wear a collar ;o(
I don't think any bird voluntarily wears a collar. I put collars on and let them flop around until they figure out it's not coming off.

Or have you tried a "sweater" on her? I'm assuming she's mutilating her body. A sweater wouldn't work if it's the feet or wings.

Does she forage? Maybe try to progress to feeding only by foraging. That would take up a lot of her time and get her mind off mutilating.

Is she "trained" to any commands? Might be a good time to do some formal training to get her mind stimulated.

How do you "exercise" her? I grab my birds by the toes and swing them around to get their wings flapping. Exercise would get her energy out. I'm a chronic nail biter. Expelling physical energy calms the urge to bite my nails.

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PostSubject: Re: Mutilation   Thu Mar 01, 2012 2:08 pm

She will kill or injure herself if left in a collar. My vet is the leading Avian Vet in the state here and will not subject her to that thrashing around. I never swing my birds around like that, every expert I have talked to said that's a horrible way to exercise a bird and could cause injury to a bird as well plus I think that is inhumane. Both my birds run the floor daily and get lots of things to chew and explore with. My vet said that parrots do these things do to captivity, some do better than others.
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PostSubject: Re: Mutilation   Thu Mar 01, 2012 2:16 pm

wyspur wrote:
I never swing my birds around like that, every expert I have talked to said that's a horrible way to exercise a bird and could cause injury to a bird as well plus I think that is inhumane.
Shoot. I'm not saying swing them into the stars. I treat it like a game. I suppose a bird on a branch swinging in the wind is being abused by nature.
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PostSubject: Re: Mutilation   Tue Mar 20, 2012 12:41 pm

Well, we have been talking to Caique breeders and think my hen is in her peak breeding mode. She is now frantically looking for a good nesting place around the house. I can only imagine how frustrating it can be to be programed to find a mate and raise a clutch of chicks. I'm sure I'm not the only parront going or have went through these so very trying times. I don't know how long this will go on, but will do everything I can to get her through this. Been so very tiresome for the past month.
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PostSubject: Re: Mutilation   Tue Mar 20, 2012 1:38 pm

Poor girl. That's got to be awful for both of you. I'm sorry. :-(

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PostSubject: Re: Mutilation   Tue Mar 20, 2012 1:48 pm

Thanks Vicki, nothing anybody can do for her that time can't.
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PostSubject: Re: Mutilation   Sun Mar 25, 2012 7:40 pm

Good luck being patient with her!
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PostSubject: Re: Mutilation   Sun Mar 25, 2012 7:53 pm

We are doing great. Booboo's are all healed and the stitches come out tomorrow. I have no ideal why she did this and so glad she stopped. We are off all our meds and hoping never to have to go back on. Doing happy dances here ;o}
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