My family owns a parakeet, and while my brother was handling the bird, the bird flew from his hands into a rodent glue trap. The bird had its legs, and face stuck, so I used vegetable oil to remove the bird. I was told to use hand soap (detergent) and water to remove the oil, but the bird looks terrible even several days after the fact. It's feathers are clumped together, and the birds skin is exposed. Any advice?
I wouldn't use hand soap as it's probably highly perfumed with lots of nasty chemicals in it. When a bird has sticky/oily stuff in their feathers the experts advise washing up liquid, you have to be really careful that you wash it out thoroughly though
I hope you can get this sorted for your bird bless it - it can't be very comfortable at all
Kiwi's right they always seem to use washing up liquid on oily birds, i would use a good one like Fairy, or maybe an hypoallergenic shampoo. Try perhaps a 50/50 solution, and see how it goes. My conures been into washing up liquid when he cannot wait for me to wash up quick enough to get a bath. I have to rinse him under the tap, it has not done anything harmful.