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Old 05-01-2017, 07:06 PM
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So to start off, no my budgies wings has never been clipped. I let my birds out every day from when I wake up, to the moment I go to bed. They usually make their rounds around the room a couple times and return to the top of their cage or on my curtain rods.

Yesterday I went to open the cage to let them out and my green budgie got startled, which isn't strange for him, (lets call him Mr. Sketchy lol). That caused them both to flutter out of the cage in a hurry. Even though they're after doing that more times than once something was different this time around. My white beauty wasn't able to fly very high. Almost like her wings were clipped. I immediately saw her getting ready to panic from being on the floor so I went down and offered a finger to bring her back up to the cage and surprisingly she accepted. (strange considering they only like to be handled inside the cage). At the time of the incident it didn't seem like any of her flight feathers were more than ruffled. An hour past by and I was counting pennies wondering how in the world I was going to afford this vet trip so I decided to take another look at her. Turns out she's missing one of the big feathers on her right wing. It's obviously a flight feather and the only way I can really explain it is she always had to majorly big feathers on each wing at the tip. The one that's missing is the second biggest.


I guess my question is would that keep her from reaching any high flight? She's still able to fly from the floor to my dresser to get to her cage but no higher than that.

I'd like to get a few opinions before I bother spending my bill money on a vet bill only for the vet to tell me everything's fine.

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It's likely that she's beginning a moult!

In many birds, including Psittacines (parrots), their moults are timed so they only lose one or two flight feathers at once during a moult, so they can fly at least a little bit to escape predators.

From what you're describing, she's lost one of her primaries and is having trouble gaining her usual altitude. This is perfectly normal, and as long as she isn't showing any other signs of illness, she should be just fine.

During her moult, you should offer mashed hardboiled egg or other egg food as well as flax seeds to supplement her normal diet and encourage healthy feather growth

Surely in no time her feathers will grow back and she'll be soaring to new heights!
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I agree with Star -- it sounds as though your little girl is going through a moltl and Star has offered you excellent information.

We'd love to see some pictures of your little ones if you have any you'd like to share.

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It's likely that she's beginning a moult!
From what you're describing, she's lost one of her primaries and is having trouble gaining her usual altitude. This is perfectly normal, and as long as she isn't showing any other signs of illness, she should be just fine.
Thanks! That's the answer I was hoping for. It actually seems like my green budgie may be going through the same thing. Checked on the beauty yesterday and found she lost the other flight feather on her wing. I don't say shes too happy with it lol but I must say she looks quite odd with one wing having both big flight feathers gone.
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