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i would appreciate if you guys would take out some time to read and answer a few questions as i am very anxious, scared, and upset. it would mean alot to me

Unfortunately, today my 1 year old darling cockatiel got into a freak accident. She was flying around in my study room (as usual) and sat down in the middle of the office chair glides right at the very moment my father pulled the office chair back (unknowingly ofcourse). We heard her squeak for just about a second and then she was back to flying around as if nothing happened. When we looked under the table, there was a huge mess of tail feathers and smaller feathers! It honestly looked like her whole tail had been ripped off.. There was no blood on spot. All the feathers were clean except one of them was a blood feather (but im guessing did not have alot of blood). She was acting so casual about it, it seemed like nothing had happened. I heard its a defense mechanism. When we picked her up to see: only three tail feathers were left (all to the right side. none in the middle or on the left) and there was one tiny circle that was bleeding (im guessing from that one blood feather i was talking about earlier). Other than that, some more smaller feathers have come off too above the tail due to which we can see quite a bit of her back bare and pink (right above the tail area)

ATTACHING ALL PICTURES. pls ignore the trashcan there were so many smaller feathers i had to put them away as it was hurting me to see them

We took her to the vet and he said she will be alright. However, he said that he thinks there is a bit of the feather left and he cant pull it out because its in her skin and would require cutting, stitches, and alot of pain to my poor baby. Instead, he let the tiny blood area clot by putting some medicine and put a cone around her neck so she wouldnt preen on it. Before the visit to the vet, she was veryyy active. However, ever since shes got the cone in, shes been super anxious, walking around and looking uncomfortable. Other than that, her balance is a bit off too now...

Now i have a few questions that have been making me super anxious. I feel helpless; hence, if anyone could answer, i would be very grateful.

1) Will she be okay? Is this life threatening? I dont want anything to happen to her. Shes like my baby.
2) Will she grow out new tail feathers and body feathers? Or have they been permanently damaged (esp the feathers on the back since i can see her skin bare)
3) How long will it take for them to grow out? Will they all grow out together or in stages?
4) How can i care for them when they grow since they will all be blood feathers?
5) How can i help her retain her balance? Is the very slight balance problem because of the tail?
6) The blood feather that came out - did it have alot of blood? Will the blood feather that came out clot easily? How long will it take to heal? Can it get infected?
7) When and how will the blood feather be replaced if a bit of it is left inside her skin?
8) Lastly, any special care during this whole process as i am concerned that she wont be able to fly around the same way.

THANK YOU SO MUCH TO ALL THOSE THAT TAKE OUT THEIR TIME IN ANSWERING. God Bless <3 Wishing good luck and health to all your 'tiels!

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To be honest, I'm surprised no one has responded already, but sometimes sites like these have a lot of members, when most people choose not to reply.
I'll offer anything I can to help, but not having been in the same sitaution, it would be good if someone who had, could also reply with knowledge.

In the order that you asked, I go down each question & reply right after it.

1) Will she be okay? Is this life threatening? I dont want anything to happen to her. Shes like my baby.
I think the vet is the best person to answer that & if it had been something terminal, I'm hopeful that they would have informed you of this at the time. The cone is also a sign that this can be treated or, get better in time. I know exactly how you feel because 1 of my girls is so affectionate, but she has no sense when it comes to flying. She flies to the point of having no energy left & then plummets to hit a thin board, which then results in her falling several inches to the floor & be stunned. She did this twcoe in a week, even though i tried to stop her doing it the second time, but all I can do is pick her up & care for her, until she recovers from it. thanfully it's not something needing a vet visit. Try & show her love 7 maybe even a bit more than normal, so that she's aware that you're there & care, because remember, this situation is brand new to her too.

2) Will she grow out new tail feathers and body feathers? Or have they been permanently damaged (esp the feathers on the back since I can see her skin bare)
This I can't answer in great detail, because it's not something I've heard of until now, but these birds are born without feathers, grow them & then malt several times, with them re-growing each time, so I hope that in due course, they will be replaced. If you shave your head completely, how long would it take for your hair grow back to it's length now? It's not going to happen quickly, so try & be patient & just be theri for her, in the mean time.

3) How long will it take for them to grow out? Will they all grow out together or in stages?
As stated above, I can't give you these answers in detail, but it will take plenty of time, because even the smallest of feathers don't just appear out of thin air.

4) How can i care for them when they grow since they will all be blood feathers?
For a start, they can't all be blood feathers which you eluded to in your comments & the pictures also show. If they had all been blood feathers, your bird probably would have died at the time. AGain, just do what the vet suggeested, make sure the cone is protecting the areas affected etc... & keep plenty of love, heading her way.

5) How can i help her retain her balance? Is the very slight balance problem because of the tail?
Balance is a difficult thing to help someone or, something else, maintain. Her body and feathers are all wrong at the moment & that will always affect things like balance too. Again, do what you can to look after her, but instead of letting her fly or, trying to fly on her own, carry her places & go & get her, instead of letting her have to try & get to you. My girl mentioned earier, is very lazy & she decides that if she want to go somewhere but can't be bothered to fly to it, she comes to me & literally just keeps looking at that place until I get up & take her there. She'll know that she's not well at the moment & while these birds have always tried to hide illnesses, to fend off predators, hopefuly she knows that you're a friend only, so she should accpet your love & care.

6) The blood feather that came out - did it have alot of blood? Will the blood feather that came out clot easily? How long will it take to heal? Can it get infected?
You were there so you tell us, was there a lot of blood? i don't think it was a lot from what I saw, but the vet clotted it anyway, so hopefully it will be fine in time. There's always a chance that clotting doesn't work or has further issues, but it's very rare. Imagine you cutting you finger & a scab forming over it. If you pick that scab too soon it bleeds again, but if left long enugh, the scab comes off & it's healed or, healing. Again just be patient & keep an eye on it. If concerned about it for any reason, go back to the vet to be sure.


7) When and how will the blood feather be replaced if a bit of it is left inside her skin?
I have no idea about this because again, I've not heard o this until now. If the vet stated it would need surgery to remove it, didn't they say or you ask, what would happen without the surgery?


8) Lastly, any special care during this whole process as i am concerned that she wont be able to fly around the same way.
I'll refer you back to question 5 & my answer for it. there isn't an instant cure & it may be that she will never fly as well as she had or, not fly again. I found a youtube video of a bird that was 25 years old & couldn't fly anymore. The video showed him walking on the floor from room to room, so in a worst case scenario, you could put her on the floor near some food & drink. Spend some time down there with her so that she knows it's safe to be down there & that she has food & drink available too. If she doesn't know it's there, she may try & fly back to where it is normally & that could cause further problems or injuires.
Good luck & best wishes for your girl, keep us updated please :)
 
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