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#257767 - 01/17/15 11:02 AM Pulled feathers  
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Hi there

I have a 1 year old greenwing macaw boy. His clipped flight feathers was pulled (after a terrible missunderstanding and against my will) 8 months ago. Most of the feathers have not come back in, and most people tell me that tjey won't...

After extensive research I am also now starting to realise that they will probably never grow back. I found Alison's post here from 2004, and hoping she was still on here to find out if her macaw ever got his feathers back.

So what is the opinion on this??

And also, if his feathers are not coming out ever, is there another way of getting him flighted? Imping is not an option as therr are now shafts to attach the donor feathers to.. frown

#257769 - 01/17/15 01:42 PM Re: Pulled feathers [Re: Annerie]  
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Feathers can take a year or more to regrow. I'm not sure about pulled flight feathers. Did a vet do this to him? So cruel the poor boy must have been so sore. Do you know or did you watch the method they used? My girl broke a flight feather when it was still a blood feather. Because the shaft was crushed it needed to be removed. Hers did grow back but it took quite a while and it was only the one.


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#257782 - 01/18/15 02:44 PM Re: Pulled feathers [Re: Annerie]  
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Thanx so much for the reply. Yes, the vet did that to him. I was not present, and it was done without my concent.

He was extremely sore, and couldn't even open hos wings for 10 days after that! frown

#257783 - 01/19/15 03:37 AM Re: Pulled feathers [Re: Annerie]  
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I can't understand why a 4 month old bird's flights feathers would be pulled...for any reason, & why would they do it against your will? Very strange indeed, not to mention extremely cruel :-(


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#257787 - 01/19/15 11:20 AM Re: Pulled feathers [Re: Annerie]  
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The vets justification was that if the feathers have to come back by themselves it'll take too long, and he might then never learn to fly.

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#257788 - 01/19/15 11:39 AM Re: Pulled feathers [Re: Annerie]  
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I would be considering taking legal action against that vet, for if nothing else, causing unnecessary suffering to your bird against your wishes, others need to know of this person's barbaric practices, they must be stopped! People like that vet make me sick to the stomach, they shouldn't be allowed to continue practising :-(


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#257797 - 01/19/15 02:55 PM Re: Pulled feathers [Re: Annerie]  
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I considered that, but here court cases can get very drawn out, and get very expensive! And it will not bring my baby's feathers back. So decided it is not worth it.

#257825 - 01/21/15 11:41 PM Re: Pulled feathers [Re: Annerie]  
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If they were pulled correctly (not damaging the follicle itself) there is no reason not to expect that they will eventually be replaced. Molting occurs in a systematic manner, so it may take awhile. Hopefully this was done under sedation, so the most that should be expected, relative to pain, is some tenderness for a few days.


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