feathers on the head are wet with a drop of water and pushed out of the
way. Now the skull can be examined with a bright light to look for
closure of the sutures of the skull. Juvenile birds do not have closed
||Holding the bird in this
position, the feathers can just be blown up out of the way to reveal the
"V" of the wishbone and determine if there is any fat deposited/stored
in the area.
||The belly of the bird, where
the brood patch is found, may also have fat deposits. But this is
a good position to examine the vent for diarrhea.