View Full Version : Popcorn gave me such a scare this morning...

09-01-2004, 12:29 PM

The problem with Popcorn is he's too brave and fearless, and will do ANYTHING, even if it means hurting himself. Muffin is the total opposite. She's VERY cautious and would never do anything that she thinks could possibly hurt herself.

Here's what happened.

The tiels were their normal, hyper, spunky selves this morning, as they are every morning. I opened their cage door to let them come out and play, and then went to get a bowl of cereal. (The kitchen and family room are joined so I was still able to watch them). The tiels have a big ladder that goes from their cage to the floor, and they always use it to get down safely.

As I was pouring milk in my cereal, I saw Popcorn get out and climb to the top of his cage. Then, suddenly, he gets this huge smile across his face and JUMPS down, from the top.......which is about a 4 ft jump. Of course he doesn't know how to fly, so he ended up falling instead of gliding, which he may have intended to do. He acted like nothing happened, didn't make a sound, and got up, climbed back up his ladder, and went back to the top of his cage. Then he started singing. He was acting perfectly normal and jolly, so assumed he was fine, but went to check on him anyway. What did I see? BLOOD! He was bleeding at the edge of his wing, and that blood had stained his stomach feathers too, so it looked like a considerable amount. I freaked out. I had never seen him bleed like that before. And what was he doing? Singing like nothing happened. :rolleyes:

I picked him up, held him like a ball, and gently opened his wings to check where he was bleeding from, and how much. Then I took him to the bathroom to wash the wound, and the blood stains on his feathers. The blood stopped quickly, thank God. I put corn starch on his wound to prevent it from bleeding anymore. This happened about an hour ago, and its not bleeding, so hopefully he'll be fine. I'm watching him like a hawk though, to make sure he doesn't bleed anymore. If he does, then I guess its off to the vet. It doesn't seem like it will bleed anymore though, so I doubt we'll have to go.

Now he's sitting here with me, quietly perched on my shoulder, while I lecture him about his naw-tee-ness, and how he can hurt himself if he doesn't stop being so naw-tee. *sigh* When will he ever learn?

Please say a little prayer that Popcorn's wound heals up quickly. Thank God he's perfectly fine, but you know how the little things that happen to pets can stress their moms out so bad. :(

09-01-2004, 12:51 PM
Was it a feather wound, Popcornbird? I don't remember if I told you, but last time Roger had his wings clipped, he bled and bled. Scared me to death, and the vet was quite upset too, as he had never had a "bleeder" before. He ended up pulling that whole feather shaft with tweezers.

I hope your baby is just fine now! I do know how scary that can be!!!


09-01-2004, 01:06 PM
It seemed more like a cut/scrape than a feather wound, though one of his blood feathers was also bleeding, and he pulled it out himself and handed it to me. :p The *scrape* is still there though.....right at the edge of his wing, on his skin. He's fine.....a little quiet and still mad at me for washing him and applying corn starch to his wound, but otherwise he's ok. He needs to learn to stop being a nawteefid though. The other day he was about to jump downstairs, from upstairs, with no worries in his mind. If I wasn't there, he would have done it. :p I know my dad's going to freak out when I tell him how much he bled. He always worries when something happens to his little Popcorn boy.

09-01-2004, 01:38 PM
Oh, POPCORN! Nawteefid! I hope your wound is truly superficial, and no more bleeding happens. Pops, do you 'wash' bird wounds?

09-01-2004, 01:46 PM
Originally posted by Cataholic
Oh, POPCORN! Nawteefid! I hope your wound is truly superficial, and no more bleeding happens. Pops, do you 'wash' bird wounds?

I did wash it...mainly because his stomach/wings were all red!! Had to get all that blood off of him. Then I put corn starch on it to stop the bleeding. It worked, but now Mr. Popcorn is busy picking on his wound and pulling the dried corn starch off! Ugh.. I'm trying to divert his attention. I feel like putting a cone on his head...like the one you told me your sister's tiel got. :p So far, its not bleeding, but I'm TRYING to get him to stop picking on it. I guess its hurting him? :(

09-01-2004, 02:27 PM
Oh no!! :eek: How scary! Wonder if he scraped an area where a little vessel was close to the surface or something. It sounds like you are doing all you can, but how scary to see your baby bleeding like that! I imagine it probably hurts some but I'd bet he's picking at it more because of the corn starch and stuff? I'm not very experienced with bird injuries as the only one I've delt with was a broken blood feather on Twi awhile back... that I pulled off with tweezers and it was fine then.

If he wont' leave it alone, maybe call the vet and see if there is something you can get that will make it so he can't get at it? Hope he heals quickly! Popcorn don't do silly things like that, you scare your mommy!

09-01-2004, 03:07 PM
I called the vet when he was picking at himself to ask for advice. They told me to keep an eye on him, and if he doesn't stop and makes it bleed again, to bring him in. I was told that if he stops and it doesn't bleed at all, he should be ok.

Anyway, he stopped nipping once he got rid of all the corn starch. It didn't bleed after that, either. I'm still watching him, but it seems like he'll be ok, without going to the vet. I wish he would stop scaring me like this. :p

09-01-2004, 03:09 PM
POPCORN! You daredevil bird! Poor guy, I would have freaked out too if something like that happened to Piper. :( It must be a thing with male birds.. Piper had a nightfright not too long ago, and he hurt his wing [he's fine now, don't worry] but acted like nothing was wrong, and he too, went on singing one of his songs. :rolleyes:

LOL, I still can't imagine a little tiel being a conehead. He'd look pathetic. :p I hope he's fine now, and that he doesn't bleed anymore!

09-01-2004, 03:17 PM
Charlie is definately a daredevil. Now that most of his wings have grown back, he can fly pretty easily. He likes to take off from my shoulder and fly around the entire room and land by the mirror. He hasn't run into the mirror, but he did have a collision with our patio door once, when he didnt have his wings grown back. A small glide into the window. I think it hurt his ego more than anything. ;)

Get better soon, Popcorn! And no more stunts off the top of the cage!

09-01-2004, 04:51 PM
Thank god he's okay! And I do know what ya mean about scaring animals scaring their mom's over little things! It's scary because you never know.

09-01-2004, 10:11 PM
Thank goodness he is ok, Fuzzy got her toe caught in a toy once and it bled, she pulled her toe off to fix it. It scared me but she is alright now. I suppose it is a leftover instinct from the wild. I think they do it and then sit around and laugh at us later.

09-01-2004, 10:16 PM
How frightening! I'm glad he's ok though! Naughty pets like to scare us!

09-01-2004, 10:38 PM
:eek: What a scare you must have got!!

SO glad he's okay!!

09-02-2004, 12:17 AM
Glad he is OK! Popcorn, dont scare your mommy like that.

My Peanuts
09-02-2004, 03:02 PM
My Milton and Evie do this to me all the time. Evie's wings are too small still and the shelter clipped Milton's so neither can fly. I have never seen blood on any of my tiels with the exception of Milton. His wings bleed all the time, but just a little. I need to bring him in, but it's only a drop or two and only when I handle him. I don't handle him much yet because he isn't tame yet. I plan to work on that problem over the winter. Anyway, I plan to take him in next month, unless it becomes worse.

That would have scared me to death! I'm glad the bleeding stopped. How is Popcorn now?

09-02-2004, 03:50 PM
Hi eberbirdie! Tis me, Popcorn...


Tanks for tinkin about me. As you can see, I'm doin just fine. My tum tum's not red wif blood anymore! My wound is healin, and I didn't bleed anymore. Dis mornin, I was bout ta do my jumpin off da cage stunts again, but Mom stopped me before I did it! Wonder why! Its fun scarin da hoomans like dat! :D Wonder why dey get so scared. Its not like they don't ever hurt demselves!!! My mom can't even cut salad wiffout cuttin her finger! Doesn't she realize how much it makes ME want to take HER to the vetz?

So anybays, I'm fine. Tanks for tinkin bout me again, doh I must say, a wittle blood is nothin ta worry about. ;)

Popcorn da Brat

09-02-2004, 04:51 PM
Awwww Popcorn!! You handsome guy!! :D

Psst.. Pops.. one picture isn't even CLOSE to enough! ;)