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Giving Sid a Bath

weather: light rain
outside: 18°C
mood: happy
userinfoSid still won't step up onto our hands and he still bites, but otherwise, he's very friendly with us. It's a strange duality. He very clearly loves us, loves our company and BEGS us to stay when we turn around to leave, but as soon as we offer our hand for him to step up, he wants to kill us.

*sigh* It's okay. I know he loves us otherwise. We leave his cage door open for a bit almost every day so that he gets a chance to come out, fly around and get some exercise. His wings are clipped so he can't go very far, but he seems to want to stay in the general vicinity of where we are anyway.

He was out and about Monday afternoon, so I decided it might be a good idea to get him into the little travel cage and give him a shower. He was rather dusty. He'll pull out blood feathers that aren't supposed to come out. From the way he squawks when he plucks, you know it hurts him. But he still does it. =P So, the shower couldn't do any harm.

userinfoSid was SUCH a good boy about it. He was a bit apprehensive at first, but then after a while, he just stayed still on the side of the cage, closed his eyes and let us spritz him down with the warm water. It worked out so well, in fact, that I can't believe we didn't think of putting userinfoSkippy in the travel cage for showers as well. =}

Then we towelled off the cage and pointed a hairdryer on warm/low at him from a foot and a half away.

He did spend quite a bit of time grooming after his shower yesterday. But TODAY, I noticed that there were no feathers at the bottom of his cage and I didn't hear him squacking like he does when he plucks himself. I think he feels clean, so he doesn't feel the need to groom himself.


If this is all it takes to get him to stop overgrooming, I'd be happy to mist him every 3-4 days.

[Update - August 04, 2004 - 0928h]

*exasperated sigh* That's it. He needs to be fitted with a collar. I found two more blood feathers at the bottom of his cage this morning. userinfoHusband Guy is going to call Dr. MacDonald today about the results of his followup blood tests. He'll make an appointment while he's at it. I told him to also ask if it would be a bad idea to put their cages closer together. If they can see each other, will userinfoSkippy learn to pick herself from watching him do it?

While I'm on the subject, I've left the cockatiels community. I left quite a while ago, actually. There are one or two level-headed people who give as sound advice as internet strangers can, but the majority of the members are immature, have a really irritating sense of entitlement and don't have an ounce of common sense whatsoever — "OMGWTFBBQTCP/IP!!!!! My birdie going to die!! Wut shoudl I do!!ONEONE!!" And then they post another entry that says, "ISN'T N E 1 GOING TO HELP ME WITH THIS????!!!!!!! YOU GUYS SUXORS!!! PRETEND I'M A CUTE WIDDLE GIRL AND HLEP MEEEE!! oneoneone" Take your bird to the vet then, moron.

I don't fit in there. There isn't anything I can get in that community that I can't get from Dr. MacDonald or Google for, in a pinch.



( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 3rd, 2004 11:46 pm (UTC)
beautiful bird...
Aug. 4th, 2004 03:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you =)
Aug. 4th, 2004 06:48 am (UTC)
Heh. Maybe Sid is a trichotillomaniac. ;)
Aug. 4th, 2004 03:13 pm (UTC)
Yeah... *sigh* We're going to have to get him fitted with a collar. Oh, he'll be so happy with that =\
Aug. 4th, 2004 12:31 pm (UTC)
Were they Americans? mmm
I checked out the lj fasting community earlier. They were more than immature. Their primary reason for fasting seemed to be to lose weight FAST. They state on their user page they don't want anyone "educating them about fasting" which shows in their lack of intelligence on what fasting is about.

PS Yes I'm American and glad to be, but sometimes one has to face the truth.
Aug. 4th, 2004 12:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Were they Americans? mmm
A large portion of the people who participate in anything on the internet are Americans, but there were Canadians and Europeans in there too. =P
Aug. 4th, 2004 01:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Were they Americans? mmm
I feel better now. Thanks.
Aug. 4th, 2004 03:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Were they Americans? mmm
Heh, yes, I'm human and sometimes I'm not glad to be =)
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