Wednesday, July 7, 2010

No Peace On The Prairie

While I was at work last evening, the German import momma struck again! The first time she threw a stuff baby out of the nest when I banded it right before leaving for work. This time she decided she was fed up with not having adequate nesting material and resourcefully started gathering it herself off her chicks!

Every chick had damage an a couple were bleeding. Growing feathers are full of blood until they mature. When broken, they bleed profusely. To fix the problem, I wash the area and identify where the bleeding is coming from and then pull the feather completely out being careful to not leave the feather tip to bleed.

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