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Cookie got knelt on accidentally by one of my friends tonight. :( I'm terrified that something is seriously wrong internally. Outwardly the only damage is a number of feathers lost on the back of Cookie's head, but her initial reaction was to squawk, fly and then gasp desperately with slightly buggy looking eyes.

She then appeared to hyperventilate a bit, breathing extremely rapidly. She shut her eyes for a while, but remained perched and upright. I decided to take her up to my brother, partially to get her somewhere quieter and also to keep my friend from seeing any distress or signs of pain. It took so much to keep my own emotions in check. My friend felt so awful that i couldn't make things worse.

The few times i checked on Cookie and Bailee (keeping his lady company) with my brother she appeared to have slowed her breathing down to normal but was partially lying down on Tim's shoulder. She is now (approx 3hrs after being squashed) perched in what appears to be her normal stance next to Bailee in their cage. I don't know whether it's worth the stress (on her) of putting her in a smaller cage with a heat pad over night.

I know how birds hide their problems, i'm scared i'll wake up tomorrow to find her dead. :( I don't know what to do. The soonest i can get her to a competent vet is in the morning which i'll definitely do if she's not herself in any way.

It's probably worth mentioning that i realised what was about to happen milliseconds before my friend moved over Cookie, i threw my hand in the way and took some of the weight. Cookie was squashed only momentarily.

There is of course the possibility that she could have an egg developing, and though the impact was definitely on the upper part of her body i'm scared that any egg might have been squashed inside her. I'm not scared for the egg but for the serious problems this would create for Cookie.

I just can't believe this has happened. In the mayhem Snickers landed himself behind the large, heavy tv cabinet. In the process of trying to fetch him out i accidentally pulled out half his tail. :( He's looking a little sorry for himself too.
 

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I'm no expert Bea, but if you are worried that something is wrong with her internally, keep an eye on her and check for blood or anything unusual in her poop. That will be the most obvious sign that something is wrong inside. I wouldn't stress her by moving her to a smaller cage though.

There is nothing you could have done to prevent this, and it's no one's fault, least of all yours. If it was only a second or two of pressure, she'd obviously feel a bit squashed, but should hopefully be okay. Just keep an eye on her, and try not to communicate your stress and worry to her. Keep us updated.
 

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The breathing was the first thing i was looking for, due to the area that was squashed. And i asked my brother if she pooped on him and she had, normal looking apparently. I don't know that i can go to bed not knowing if she'll be ok. :(
 

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I'm also no expert, and i have no idea just how much Cookie was squashed, but it sounds like she is just a little in shock. I hope someone can advise you better on what to do.

On the topic of feather-pulling.... i did the same to one of my budgies the other day. I was trying to catch him in the cage to give him a drop on the neck, and pulled on his tail a bit too hard after he slipped from my hand. 4 feathers dropped out when he flew away. I was so upset..... i cried! He is moulting though, so i'm hoping they were a little loose to begin with. He now has a little stump like a lovebird.
 

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Sounds like you had a rough day yesterday. My heart started to beat fast just reading your post. I think you are smart enough to notice anything wrong with your Cookie. As for the feathers lost as long as there was no blood or any bleeding stopped quickly I'm sure you have nothing to worry about there. How is Cookie today? Is she back to her old self?
 

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She's not back to her old self at all. :( Her breathing seems a little laboured, which is what it was like when i checked her before bed last night. She also seems to be limping or moving tentatively, though she was able to climb across the cage from one perch to another. I've removed the nest box to hopefully stop Bailee from trying anything with her.
 

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Awww Bea, I'm so sorry to hear of your problems. I really hope that Cookie is a little better now and fingers crossed that it is just shock (I know that's bad enough) and nothing more serious. As for Snickers tail, well.......that will grow back, he'll be fine. Please keep us updated on Cookie, bless her little feathers.



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We seemed to have posted at the same time. I'm so very sorry Bea, you will obviously have to take her to the vets. Maybe she is just a little bruised and sore, you know your bird so I have every confidence that you will be doing the right thing. (((((HUGS)))))
 

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Thanks. I just had to take Bailee out of the cage, he was being male. "Aww, you have a head ache today? Take some aspirin then! Now lets make eggies!!" I'm more than likely going to take Cookie into the vet as an emergency as soon as the vets opens. It's a good thing that i won't miss much at school today.
 

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Cookie's at the vets at least for the day. She's being kept in a hot box and will shortly be given fluids and pain meds. If she won't eat during the day she'll be tube fed this afternoon. Bailee came along with us and he's screaming bloody murder at the moment, he would jump straight onto the vets hand trying to go wherever Cookie went. It's quite heartbreaking. I'm just so scared i'll get the call today saying Cookie didn't make it. She really didn't look too great. The vet is hoping that while she hasn't got the inclination to pull herself through this (because of pain) he's hoping that they can pull her through.
 

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Wow, I really hope she pulls through, if she's a fighter she'll fight this and she'll end up being fine. Think positive, as hard as it is to do so, it may help her through this and you'll get a call saying she's going to be fine.

Poor little thing, I hope she's gonna be fine and the Vet helps her enough to get her back to her normal self, or atleast a lot better than she was when you took her into the Vet. :(

Edit: I assume they will be ringing you later on to let you know how she is, so for now I got my fingers crossed for you that everything will be all good!
 
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