Yesterday I got a bit of a fright. As usual I heard a racket and flapping wings which is typically just the fact that one of them had found a curious piece of straw and was playing keep away. This is a regular occurance and occasionally another bird will grab it and run amock until they all lose interest after a few minutes. Well, after a couple minutes ofthe racket I went to see what was going on and noticed an orange fluff coming out from the sides of one of their beaks. Apparently, he was it and had no intentions of letting IT go. My kids had thrown an orange dyed feather in the brooder and after some running this one decided to SWALLOW it. It was about 3 and a half or 4 inches long and had nearly been completely swallowed sharp end first. I managed to get the bird and VERY SLOWLY remove the feather from him. Today he seems just fine. So, this normal??? I couldn't imagine that feather not killing my poor little birdie. Anyone have any experience with this, or is this just a bird I'll have to watch as he grows?