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And Then There Was Lou .....

Discussion in 'Parrot Diaries' started by plumsmum, Jun 14, 2018.

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  1. Roz

    Roz Regular Member

    Can we have another pic please??? :biggrin: Love that fluffy butt!
     
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  2. plumsmum

    plumsmum Regular Member

    Yes sure @Roz - she has concentrated on her keel line, legs and wing edges so looks a bit raggedy. It makes no difference to me, just a shame, keep telling her she could be such a good looking girl LOL. She likes looking at herself as welll which is funny. :)
     
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  3. plumsmum

    plumsmum Regular Member

    Just a quick update on the 'lil chicken. I have given up adding hidden ingredients to her mash, she can tell and won't eat any of it. She tries a little of the fresh chop/veggies.

    No real difference with the plucking and she is the same or slightly more naked than when she arrived. She switches around the area she concentrates on :thinking:. I am trying to not focus on it and instead making sure she is occupied and happy. ** She appears so. She will focus on one particular type of toy for a while and then move on to another. Tried to get pics without success this week. She is hanging on the roof of her cage undoing the toy links but as soon as she sees you she comes down to look at us. I do them up again and she goes right back to undo them. I will not be getting her a spanner set for Christmas :lol:.

    ** I was seriously contemplating a fleece collar/poncho thing for her but am thinking this may in fact be dangerous as she is clumsy at times. Also do not want to restrict her having fun or increase the risk of falls which she does from time to time. Had eleven little feathers/fluff in her night cage the other night but no idea what caused this. I guess something from the day before so will have to make better mental notes in future.

    Lou loves to look out into the garden and this is the activity for most of the morning, watching the birds. A few weeks ago I put some washing out and got told off for blocking her view! :nut:

    I get regular cuddles, she climbs down to sit on my chest and plonks herself right under my chin and will stay there for some time. I am getting the impression that she does not like me fast forwarding through a TV programme. Aren't they funny?

    Pics are due of Lou and Rubes, promise.
     
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  4. plumsmum

    plumsmum Regular Member

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    Sorry for the wait folks, as you can see definitely not winning on the feather front but she seems happy and very busy. Just to tell what she is actually doing - undoes the knot in the leather, takes the bead off, reattaches the bead and then feed the leather end back down as you can see. Not daft this one for sure. :)
     
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  5. dianaT

    dianaT Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Aww she is so lovely, and a clever girl too xx
     
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  6. plumsmum

    plumsmum Regular Member

    She is @dianaT really chuffed she allows kisses now :biggrin:, little minx went to pull Rubes' tail the other day, not sure if it was 'my mum' or 'what is that?' Gave her one of Rubes' discarded feathers and she shredded it then and there. Tells a lot I think, must just prefer to be naked :)
     
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  7. ladyc

    ladyc Regular Member

    Oh she is adorable :emoji_heart_eyes:
     
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  8. Roz

    Roz Regular Member

    Awwww - she's so cute!! Sounds like she is making lots of improvement!! Ollie loves untying leather knots too and taking the beads off.... although he just throws them on the floor.
     
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  9. plumsmum

    plumsmum Regular Member

    @Roz Lou is up and down her perches all day long, she may not fly but is perfectly worn out and ready for bedtime. Having to keep an eye on her in the evenings as she is particularly tetchy and wanting to eat my fingers when she is becoming over tired. Ask if she is "ready for bed?" and she climbs up to my shoulder and off we go. :)
     
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  10. plumsmum

    plumsmum Regular Member

    I am in a bit of a state this morning :emoji_cry:, Lou decided to pluck one or two blood feathers overnight (it looks like by the blood in her night cage). She appears fine has eaten and is playing but her Mummy is reliving the Plum nightmare and is not OK. I have 'phoned the vets but Craig not there today. Looks like she is getting some clothes after all, cannot have her doing this again. Thank god her blood clotted and it stopped. Any advice @DizzyBlue or @TomsMum ?
     
  11. Michael Reynolds

    Michael Reynolds Regular Member

    I am glad Lou is ok but what a worry for you, As quite often happens you see improvements and I hope builds but something just triggers off her. I know just how worrying it is, common Lou leave them feathers to grow in all there splendour.
     
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  12. TomsMum

    TomsMum Administrator Staff Member Admin

    Oh dear so sorry hun @plumsmum parrots are such a worry. You’re already doing all the underlying stuff like diet improvement. Maybe they were just irritating her. I would wait and see what Craig suggests, I’ve not much experience with plucking
     
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  13. plumsmum

    plumsmum Regular Member

    Thanks hun, she has had a cuddle with me this morning and I am ensuring she gets enough to eat. They were newly emerging feathers, so were filled with blood and it looks like she has destroyed them as no trace in her cage. There is no blood on her at all :confundio1: Think I will give a fleece collar a go after all. She has let two long feathers emerge without any fuss. Will put a call into the vets tomorrow morning see if he has any guidance/advice.
     
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  14. DizzyBlue

    DizzyBlue Administrator Staff Member Admin

    @plumsmum you sure she didn't have a night fright and break them? If she'd broken them either by falling or by battering them she will have removed them herself and indeed eaten the evidence as why waste nutrition if you don't have to?
    Hang fire with that collar idea … I am not sure your going to need it... if she was mutilating and removing then there would be more evidence and she would have continued to pull at the site the fact that she hasn't and is calm makes me think things are not what you think they are.
    In mutilator / plucking mode you can't stop Henni having a crack and she keeps picking and picking even in full view of you regardless of what you do.
     
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  15. DizzyBlue

    DizzyBlue Administrator Staff Member Admin

    Doesn't take much to damage a feather or for it to break due to no support or getting bumped when your a nudist :) even if your a cute nudist Henni said lol
     
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  16. plumsmum

    plumsmum Regular Member

    @DizzyBlue I was able to check with a member of her previous family and she has done it before. This is the first time since being with me. She will call out if things are not good after bedtime. I have had to come see her a few times and settle her back down again. I think she actually pulled it this morning as the blood was still wet but drying; would have definitely heard her call out. The amount of blood freaked me for sure, they were new freshly emerging pin feathers on her body and to add insult to injury she snipped her only long newly acquired wing feather this afternoon. Lou does pick and pick in full view, whilst sitting on me, yes regardless, constantly overpreening. I thought, hoped that after she had settled she would be better, not perfect but better? It appears that the transition from her home to safe house and then to us was traumatic to her by the story her feathers tell in pictures taken.
     
  17. Roz

    Roz Regular Member

    So sorry to hear this, plumsmum. Blood is always hugely alarming! What would she think if you clothed her body in a cotton sock with the top cut off and holes for the wings? There's a company that make little sock "jumpers" for pluckers in the US. You could get some ideas from their website as you are so handy with a sewing machine...
    http://www.thesockbuddy.com/
     
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  18. Kendra

    Kendra Regular Member

    Just wish to add Oscar has been with me, an LSC, for 3.5years and unfortunately he is just about as naked as when he came. He was in a tiny cage for a couple of years before coming here so little room for toys and on a rubbish diet. He now has most things he could wish for but still the feathers come out, rare but occasionally blood feathers. I wonder if once they are in the habit then more likely to stay. I have never put him any clothes on, would not dare.
     
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  19. dianaT

    dianaT Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Plucking can definitely become a habit which I understand is never seen in the wild.
     
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  20. plumsmum

    plumsmum Regular Member

    Thanks @Roz I do have a sock buddy pattern, sent for it when Jan's Arthur was pulling feathers. I am going to give the fleece collar a go, having it made with some interesting bits and pieces sewn on to try and distract her.

    I feel that we are in a sprial of Anting and overpreening/plucking despite all my efforts. Have seen pics of her looking not perfect but better. My feeling is the transition has made her worse, which isn't surprising really. She was there twenty years and despite having a good safe house and a loving home here she isn't able to break the habit or even lessen it.

    This is the amount of blood she lost yesterday upload_2019-4-15_9-28-33.jpeg
     
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