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Message #2378. This is a followup to #2377.

Name:Margaret
Date:Monday November 29, 2004 6:24:08 am MST
Subject:Re: I'm back from the Pomona birdmart
Message:You sure picked that Nanday up for a good price. Have you picked a name out for her yet? I guess she wouldn't be too tame if she was being used for breeding, huh?

Are you going to take her to a vet to make sure (they can tell you anything) that her picking isn't medical and that she is indeed as healthy as she looks? While I always think it is a good idea to have a bird seen by your vet before you bring them into your home for the quarantine, or at least as soon as possible after acquiring, especially a bird fair bird that could have possibly been exposed to many diseases at that fair as opposed to someone's lone pet they had for years and need to rehome, you may find part of the answer to her picking in a short time with just the move to your home. I suppose it could be possible that part of the cause is medical and part of the cause is behavioral. My concern would be why did her mate die? They probably couldn't tell you why the mate died and that would concern me and give me good cause to take her to a vet for the gammut of testing.

I feel bad for her too, just like you do. If she was left alone in a cage, with little attention from the human keepers after her mate died, I'm sure that the stress of not having your mate (which they depend upon greatly) and the stress and boredom, that could certainly cause her to pick her feathers. Hopefully it hasn't turned into a bad habit by now. But the change of scene to your loving home (new location, sights, sounds, etc...), the other birds (Nandays, Cockatoo, etc...she can feel part of a bird flock again too and maybe even find a new cagemate/buddy in time too), and a superb diet (who knows what she was eating before and diet can promote picking too). Hopefully you'll see some feathers and dark colored downy feathers coming in soon.

Do you have a brooder lamp or some way of keeping her especially warm while she tries to regrow her feathers?

Diluted apple cider vinegar can help with itchy skin (don't get it in her eyes) but you can put it in a water mister and mist your bird's skin with it or pat it on with a cotton ball (but nobody in my flock would never go for that). If you decide to use that, I guess you could call her Pickles if you didn't already have one of those in your flock. LOL! Another name I thought of is Queenie to reflect the new treatment that she'll be receiving. I also thought of the name Curly (the bald one from the Three Stooges).

Some sites that you (or others) might appreciate - http://www.naturallyhealthypet.com/acv_for_birds.htm (Apple Cider Vinegar uses with your flock)
http://www.geocities.com/calliefeather/birdmarts.html (Dangers At Bird Fairs)

I'm sure she'll get the very best of treatment there with your flock. Keep us posted on her progress. Good luck!!

P.S. - Oh those bad, bad kitties! LOL!

Anna and Boo wrote:

> I got my pity buy of the day - a naked Nanday. Bought her from a
> really nice oriental lady for $23. It was all I had left, so I begged
> and pleaded till the lady gave in. I just felt so sorry for the bird,
> I couldn't leave her. Story goes, she's 6 years old, lost her mate,
> and has been picking for 6 months. She looks a lot older than that,
> and she's open-banded. I don't even know her sex for sure. She is
> really naked, everything from the crop down is gone, and the tops of
> her wings are naked, too. She looks healthy, other than that. It's a
> first for me, so we'll see if she grows anything back. If she's only
> been picking for 6 months, she may grow some feathers again, but I'm
> not hoping for anything right now.
>
> The kitties had fun while I was gone. They opened up a big bag of
> kitty litter, and spread it in a thin layer all over the front room.
> Then mixed in some leftover cat kibble. Then I guess they got tired,
> because I found them sleeping on the couch together, curled up in a
> blanket. They looked so sleepy and innocent... It took me an hour to
> clean up the mess.
>
> Anyone got a good recipe for cat stew?

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