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Old 11-07-2013, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts & Hilton Head, SC
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It flew into my screened porch, hit one of the screens and bounced onto the deck. I heard a thud and looked outside and saw it. It's a small parrot of some sort, I don't know what yet. I took it inside the porch and once it recovered from it's trauma, it flew into the kitchen and proceeded to scoot up inside one of my baseboard radiators. So here comes the bad part - I panicked and grabbed the bird and all it's tail feathers came out. I feel horrible, I didn't mean to hurt it and now it won't eat or drink anything and I feel really guilty.
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Old 11-07-2013, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Florida
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It flew into my screened porch, hit one of the screens and bounced onto the deck. I heard a thud and looked outside and saw it. It's a small parrot of some sort, I don't know what yet. I took it inside the porch and once it recovered from it's trauma, it flew into the kitchen and proceeded to scoot up inside one of my baseboard radiators. So here comes the bad part - I panicked and grabbed the bird and all it's tail feathers came out. I feel horrible, I didn't mean to hurt it and now it won't eat or drink anything and I feel really guilty.
Birds die really quickly if they are sick. We have a bird rescue group where I live and they take lost or abandoned birds. They try to help owners find their lost birds and also find homes to adopt them. If you don't want to keep the bird, there is probably an avian organization in your are that will take it or refer you to an organization that will.

Try: Bird Rescue and Shelter organizations in your area
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Old 11-07-2013, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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OP, take a picture and post it if you want to identify what type of bird it is. Birds can release their entire tail as a means of escape and is not a problem for the bird. They will grow another tail rather quickly. It is kind of like a lizard or a chameleon who does the same thing to escape from pray.
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Old 11-08-2013, 05:00 AM
 
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Get the bird in a cage and maybe cover it up for awhile with a sheet or light blanket (the cage I mean) to give it some time to calm down. Then later see if you can get it to drink some water from a small bowl or bird feeding container if you have one. You do not know what kind of parrot it is but it will at least eat parakeet seed or sm. parrot seed. Its tail feathers will grow back in.

I always wish I would find a bird but never have. I just read a posting on Craigslist about someone that lost a parakeet. Our nights are getting down in the 20's and low 30's now, so the poor thing probably didn't make it unless it was found.
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Old 11-08-2013, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Massachusetts & Hilton Head, SC
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Get the bird in a cage and maybe cover it up for awhile with a sheet or light blanket (the cage I mean) to give it some time to calm down. Then later see if you can get it to drink some water from a small bowl or bird feeding container if you have one. You do not know what kind of parrot it is but it will at least eat parakeet seed or sm. parrot seed. Its tail feathers will grow back in.

I always wish I would find a bird but never have. I just read a posting on Craigslist about someone that lost a parakeet. Our nights are getting down in the 20's and low 30's now, so the poor thing probably didn't make it unless it was found.
An update - the bird started to eat a little last night.

When I first posted, I should have made it clear that I already own a pet cockatiel that I've had for a long time (he's 19), so I gave the new guy some of his food. It ate a little, but it REALLY like some mixed vegetables that I cooked. I put the bird in a cage that I had bought for my cockatiel years ago, but he was afraid of it, and prefers his old one.

So this morning I went to a pet supplies store in a neighboring town. Based on a few of the photos I saw in a book there, the bird looks to be a conure (green cheek). The owner sold me some conure mix and I bought some vitamins.

I'll try and post a picture.

Last edited by CaseyB; 11-08-2013 at 11:26 AM.. Reason: more info
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Old 11-08-2013, 11:30 PM
 
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Wow, how neat that you found that bird and it sounds like he is doing well. Looking forward to the pic.
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Old 11-10-2013, 01:11 PM
 
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Keep it warm, give water for dehydration, and feed some millet on the twig. Go from there.

We have rescued starlings, pigeons, and robins and got them healthy again.
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Old 11-10-2013, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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I believe the OP identified the bird as a Green Cheek Conure. Millet is a poor quality food for most parrots. Agreed with keeping it warm and well hydrated though.
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Old 11-11-2013, 02:43 AM
 
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Agreed ^^^ Millet is a nice treat, but not nutritionally that good for parrots. It is great that he love the veggies that you gave him.
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Old 12-23-2013, 08:50 PM
 
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Poor thing! Just know that when a bird gets scared, they are able to release their tail feathers so predators don't grab them. Same thing happened to my poor green cheek, our fire alarms went off at our apartment and it TERRIFIED him and he flew into a corner, I tried to pick him up and did the same thing!

Did you ever try to look for an owner? Somebody might have been looking for that poor little guy if he was that tame
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