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Posted 29th July 2011, 05:08 AM
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Sobering news:
I was told by swift experts that they only moult their primaries when they get back to Africa in the Autumn, and they advised me to take him to the vet's to have the broken feathers pulled out to encourage growth.

I thought this might be a standard procedure, as with pigeons, but apparently not. Swift primaries are so deeply rooted in the joints that there's a real danger of breaking some bones and causing bleeding during removal.

He's got an appointment this afternoon. Let's see what the vet has to say.
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Posted 29th July 2011, 05:49 PM
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Guess what, the lady who's been helping me is a member here, AliBlack!

Marty went to the vet's today, and the vet and I are considering a few options. The one that AliBlack favours is feather grafting. If the feather bank has the right kind of feathers and I can afford the operation... fingers crossed!
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Teresa, you really are doing a super job with this little guy, thanks for all the updates and going above and beyond for him.

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Thanks, Karyn!
My work is really made quite easy by his extraordinary resilience and cooperation, and by all the help and advice I've had.

He went to the vet's this afternoon to have the broken primaries pulled under anaesthesia, as the grafting option wasn't available. The procedure was very successful, and he's since had two hearty meals and is now settled for the night on his heating pad.
You can tell the wing is sore, as he's careful not to let it come into contact with anything, but, and this is really good news, some of the feathers that were pulled out at the time of his injury have already started to grow.

AliBlack's help has been invaluable, not only because of her knowledge about swifts, but also because she's so positive and caring. Everyone has been going that extra mile for this youngster (he IS a juvenile, after all), who is totally unaware of his fan base and is just happy to get his crickets and formula every two hours.
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