Wednesday, August 15, 2012
I found blood on the floor of Alice's room two days ago. That's nothing unusual given that she often drags her food around, but this was fresh drops of blood under her perch and going over to her water bowl. The blood had to be Alice's.
She wasn't bleeding or looking anything other than normal, and I couldn't see any blood on her. When I came back into the room to look again, I noticed blood not just on the floor, but spots on three walls and on the ceiling! It had to be coming from her wing.
She's got several feathers growing in now, and the developing shafts are full of blood. I presume she must have damaged one of the developing feathers and that's where the blood came from. Thankfully it stopped bleeding on its own!
Yesterday when I took her to work I could see dried, smeared blood on her primary feathers on her bad wing, so that confirmed my suspicions that it was a damaged blood feather. But no more blood, thank goodness!