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Old 03-03-2005, 09:39 PM   #1
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Default OT Exotic Bird Gurus: How long does it take for a tail to grow back?

I thought I was a guru on exotic birds in general, but I have a little bit of a problem. My Green Cheeked Conure was sitting on my shoulder, and he popped his head into my mouth as I was chewing gum and grabbed some of it.

While he started to fly away, I quickly grabbed his tail and he resisted, and the whole freaking thing came off.

I just wanted to make sure he didnt try swallowing any gum, because that would be a pretty painful/fatal experience for him. I've seen birds get sold with their tails either cut off or in half.. and it appeared as if his feathers were all molting anyway.

Do you think it'll grow back in 5-6 weeks? There's no bleeding or damage, and he's acting normal bouncing around me anyway.

Thanks, I'm kinda freaked that I did that, I don't even think I grabbed him that hard, which is the scary part.
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Old 03-03-2005, 09:40 PM   #2
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you just graped your birts tail off.... ?
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Old 03-03-2005, 09:41 PM   #3
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They're just feathers, as long as he's not bleeding, he'll be fine. They'll grow back eventually. Make sure he's eating, drinking, and ****ting consistently, to make sure the gum isn't an issue.

My fiancee had a conure who used to pluck himself naked, and was on zoloft.
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Old 03-03-2005, 09:42 PM   #4
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No that's the thing, I just grabbed him as fast as I could to make sure he didnt swallow any of the gum. And he started flying in the other direction and his tail was in my hands.. I couldn't believe it came off that easy, because I didn't really yank or anything.

If anyone wants me to show before and now after pics, I will. He's fine, just looks different and I'm kinda freaked about that I did to him.
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Old 03-03-2005, 09:42 PM   #5
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Old 03-03-2005, 09:42 PM   #6
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Oh, you might want to get his wings clipped.
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Old 03-03-2005, 09:44 PM   #7
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Oh, you might want to get his wings clipped.
He's such a ****ty flyer to begin with. I swear when he is flying around the house he needs to take a good 3-4 laps around the room before choosing a landing spot. My family and I decided to let him fly though, but normally he just stays parked on my shoulder.
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Old 03-03-2005, 09:49 PM   #8
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Just keep your windows closed and the ceiling fans off.

The both of used to work at a Vet's office, and she worked with a vet who was very bird oriented. Tons of weird **** used to come in, especially the stupid people who used to leave the metal collar on their foot from when they bought the bird. One bird almost died when it was bleeding from the collar that was damn near cutting his foot off.
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We had a double yellow headed amazon at the pet store I used to work at. I taught him how to say "**** off".

Other than that I have no helpful info


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Yeah I know he has an African Grey, they barely have tails to begin with though. As for teaching the bird at your store that, that's classy. Did anyone ever end up buying it and having to return it?
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As for teaching the bird at your store that, that's classy. Did anyone ever end up buying it and having to return it?

Yeah yeah I know. It was the meanest bird I've ever been around. It would only let one person pick it up, and bit me more times than I can count. Everytime it would squawk at me I'd tell it to **** off. I guess it eventually picked it up. We ended up selling it for around have price because he was so mean.

I really like small conures. I would probably have a sun conure if they weren't so damn loud. We only ever had 1 green cheek, but it was a really cool bird.
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my dog got my quaker once when she was a puppy and ripped his whole tail out. There was lots of blood, and he looked pretty funny, but it grew back before too long. I dont remember exactly, but it didnt take too long.
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