Just now my cockatiel broke his blood feather again. He's in the emergency room right now. It's the second time this month. For some reason he always seems to hurt that wing. Just 2 weeks ago, we pulled out one, now another one. $200 dollars each time is putting a strain on our budget.
I tried to pull it out just now but the feather that broke was one of the outer primaries and all the feathers there just seem to clump together. I couldn't find the follicle nor even put the hemostat in there. Can you give me some tips on how you remove blood feathers, as detailed as possible? I know that blood feather should be easy to remove and since my cockatiel keeps breaking them, I think I should learn to take care of it myself. But I'm just really afraid, because sometimes I don't know how much blood he has lost while I'm looking for the follicle. The vet told me that if he loses too much blood he'll die so I should take him in as soon as possible. How do you estimate how much blood is too much?
Also, do you think I should get him checked out? Maybe there's a problem with right wing? We don't have avian vets around here except for emergency clinics.
Sorry for asking so many questions, but I feel so useless as a pet owner. All the broken blood feather and emergency room visits really put a stress on our birds too so I want to help them get it done quicker. Thank you for any of your advices.