My indian ring neck wonders around the kitchen and living room sometimes.....well this particular day she was in the kitchen and I was picking up the knife holder(wood) and she bit my toe....and startled me and I dropped the knife holder on her head.....I was so worried I cradled her for an hour and then gave her some fresh air outside(she has a cage out there)....and she slept for a couple of hours and I know her head hurt because she would get squeaky when other birds were chirrping.....
well needless to say she is back to normal now........but I am going to be taking her to the vet next week....but I was wondering if there are any signs I should look for and should I do something for her now?
I see impact injuries quite often at work. So many birds will hit a window for various reasons. What we look for is lethargy, neurological symptoms like falling over or circling or eyes twitching (nystagmus). Many times a bird will do a window strike and will recover in a couple of hours. Sometimes they go neuro and end up at the center.
It sounds like she just had a bad headache for a few hours and recovered which is good but it's also a good idea to have her checked by the vet. S/he can look in her eyes and mouth for signs of bleeding or soft tissue injuries around the head.
I know the ol' bite on the toe. My ringneck has an OBSESSION with feet. Socks, shoes, slippers, bare, he loves them and talks to, and kisses them for hours if I let him. He doesnt bite my toes much but these birds have a powerful bite. Went right through my lip one time. I think she will be ok. My ringneck is 6 and hes never been to the vet. If there is something wrong, I wont hesitate to take him. Get her checked out. Let me know if she is ok.
Are we talking about a dove or some other kind of bird? The only ring neck I've seen is a dove and they don't bite. Guess I'll have to look this up. The worst bird related injury I've had was a Red Tailed Hawk jammed his talon right through my nail and into my thumb. That's the gratitude I get for trying to fix his foot.
Ah, very cute. Can't quite tell but it looks about the size of a Quaker. Is that right?
The only experience I've had with pet birds was the short time I worked at an Avian vet clinic. I still have a scar from those days. I had a cockatoo out. She was so sweet, sitting on my shoulder. Until it was time to go back to her cage and she sank her beak into my thumb. I had to towel her to get her back. Hard to do since she kept walking away from one shoulder and back again as I tried to grab her with the towel. What a stinker.
Yes about the same size as a quaker. I actually fell in love with a quaker and thats why I ended up getting a bird. A friend of my parents bred indian ringnecks so I went there to learn more about parrots before I got one and I fell in love with my little guy so I got him.
Im thinking about getting a breeding pair. Im very attached to mine and he probably would breed so Im thinking about buying a separate pair to breed. I dont know anything yet about breeding though so that will wait.
I know of people that breed birds and it must be interesting. What I don't know is what happens to the babies? And parrots live such a long time, do they keep them together, breeding, for years? Finding good parrot owners is as difficult or even more so than finding a responsible turtle owner (turtles are very hard to keep alive in captivity). And getting a bird spayed is expensive and dangerous, not like our cats and dogs.
It's not unusual for birds to swallow small feathers while preening. I often find bits of feather in their droppings when I check for parasites. Some birds that eat other birds, like Peregrine Falcons, eat feathers all the time with no problem. Most likely your ring neck will be just fine.
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