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Old 02-04-2019, 12:32 AM
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Recently I've made a strong bond with Mercedes. It started off slow especially with my hand being around him. He has warmed up to my hand especially since I let him choose if he wants it around. It doesn't work that way when he flies into something. Though he doesn't seem spooked by it at all and sees that I'm trying to help him. This was because we didn't cut his wings all the way. Since his body is much different than Trickee we didn't realize how little wing we cut. He still has lift which makes him able to fly into stuff and reach high places. We are planning on reducing them more to make sure he doesn't get hurt. Since we have developed a small bond he likes a bit of scratches every once and a while. Normally on his head and neck where there are less pin feathers. However he let me scratch his stomach today and I noticed there was hard spots. I blew his feathers up and saw tons of pin feathers maybe even some clustered together. It wasn't too bad but I noticed it bothered him and he nipped at me. I stopped scratching that area and he was completely fine. His chest always seemed to bother him since we got him. Is there anyway the pin feathers could be hurting him? And is there is anyway to calm the pain if so.

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Before clipping your birds wings, try covering all windows, mirrors and doors so he doesn't hurt himself flying around and learning his new territory. Once he gets used to these places where he can't fly or land, then you shouldn't need to clip his wings.
If you do clip, just clip one feather on each side. Then re-asses his flying capabilities. You don't want to clip too many all at once, or he'll take off and drop like a rock and can hurt himself.

The pin feathers are going to be an annoyance to him, and he is likely itchy and grumpy. You can offer him regular baths or mist him with water if he's used to that. Also offer him a varied diet with lots of veggies and eggs to help with his moult.
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