It took me a long time to fall asleep last night, and Iím glad it did. Come midnight, I was still wide-awake but I suddenly heard loud flapping noises coming from the cage. The birds occasionally flap their wings when rearranging themselves or switching perches during the night, so I didn't think anything of it at first. But the flapping continued and turned more or less to thrashing. I turned my light on and went over to the cage to investigate.
Somehow Hermes had managed to get his wing caught between cage wires. He was sitting on the bottom grate of the cage, and his wing was stuck between the thin horizontal space where the vertical bars meet the grate. I slowly brought his wing back up and through the wires. Surprisingly, he remained completely calm as I disentangled him. I offered him a little millet and he refused to eat it. For Hermes, that was a big deal! He never refuses food, especially millet.
I was a little concerned but since his little incident was good cause for shock, I let it go. 30 minutes later, I still couldnít fall asleep so I went back over to check on him. He was hanging on the wires near the very top of the cage. To gauge how he was doing, I offered him millet again and this time he ate it. Very eagerly, I might add.
When I woke up this morning he was on his favorite perch, ringing and playing with his bell toy. When I got home from school he was flying around and back to his loud self.
He seems to be doing fine. Iím going to keep an eye on him to see if he seems to be in pain or has a hard time flying. If he is, Iíll bring him right in to the vet. He wasnít stuck for very long, so hopefully he didnít do any real damage to himself. I am very glad that I was already awake and able to get to him before he did anything serious!