When cleaning the bottom of Perry & Lennie’s cage, I found a feather with the end of the shaft caked in blood. As you can see from the photos, it looked pretty horrible:
Close-up of bloody feather
My instinct is that it was Lennie’s feather, though I briefly wondered if it was Bezukhov’s feather that had floated across to their cage. I spent the next hour or so watching the two of them & waiting for them to raise their wings so I could see if there was any problem, but all was well. It seems strange that such a scary looking feather should not leave a trace of where it came from; it looks like it was violently wrenched from a wing.
Oh well…. another worrying day when sharing your life with birds….!
22 January 2012
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During their last moult, there were a couple of days when Atilla would squawk very loudly at intervals. It was like she was in pain & she kept moving her wing around from the shoulder joint. I wondered if she had landed somewhere a bit funny & caught her wing.
I was quite relieved a few days after to find one of her wing feathers at the bottom of the cage with dried blood at the end of it. I am not sure what had happened with the feather, but I was glad she was rid of it. The squawking was quite upsetting at the time!