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    molting chirps

    Hey guys I had a few questions... Tali is currently molting and he really tries for me to scratch right at the edge of his smile ( between the eye and beak) and when I do it or when I move away he has this half joy half pain squeek I was wondering if thats normal? Also when he is preening and attending to his wings he squeeks like it hurts or something... could that be him fixing the blood freathers??

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    Re: molting chirps

    As for your second question -- yeah, that sounds about right. A lot of times when birds preen themselves, they accidentally preen a bloodfeather or bump it in some painful manner. My African grey likes to make "squeaky tiel in pain" noises whenever she sees Ebo (my cockatiel) preening himself. ^_^

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    Re: molting chirps

    Tali had jumped off me today (maybe he got scared). His posture is weard, tail is all droopie and seems to be complaining out of nowhere while he is just walking. When I say UP he cant do it, I have to put my finger really low he seems to be in pain and I have no idea how to check. Help?

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    Re: molting chirps

    When he flew off of you, did he land hard or crash into anything?

    Have you ever toweled him before? I'd recommend doing that, and then putting him on his back while he's still in the towel. Carefully spread out the feathers in his tail and check to see if any of them look bent or have dried blood on them. Then do the same for his wings. A blood feather in the wing can cause pain even from plain old flying. It might help to have someone there helping you, if you've never toweled him before.

    It's *probably* a bent or broken bloodfeather. If you don't see lots of blood everywhere, then it'll possibly fix itself. If he still seems to be in pain today, and you can't pinpoint the reason, it might be worth a vet visit.

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    Re: molting chirps

    I have tried that (he was squirmy all over) and everything seems to be clean and not broken. His posture is much better today and he seems ok. When he jumped he just plopped on the floor, it wasn't high I was sitting so about 3 feet (maybe high for him). We have an appointment the 16th to the Vet for blood work cause of when he was sick before.

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    Re: molting chirps

    It's good that you have a vet appointment. If he seems to still be in pain or shows any signs of injury, it'd probably be best to see if you could move up the appointment. ^_^ I'm glad that he's looking better today.

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