I was wondering if loosing one or two tail feathers is normal? currently its summer going on winter where i live right now, does that have anything to do with my boy loosing a few feathers?
I just saw our cat looking at my budgie Ink (yes, i was keeping an eye on our cat, he doesnt eat birds and actually helps in some cases like this) while i heard Ink chirping really weirdly. I went to go look at him after a minute and saw he was sideways at the left corner at the front of his cage, next to his water container. I think his tail feathers got trapped at the bottom, i found a few normal wing feathers at the top and one tail feather at the front. He has pretty long tail feather so I wouldn't be surprised. What concerns me the most though is how he kept almost falling off his rotating stand that he practically is always on (apart from when hes in a playful mood or has a bath or eating etc). He kept almost falling frontwards and backwards. Is this just because he lost a tail feather? (Yes, Ink has been in the breeding season recently. I dont like calling him a her considering ive had him for 2 years and have always called ink a him and it would just take too long to get used to it, it would also confuse the hell out of Ink too. But i know he's, a she)
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Well I am a retired pilot and I have to say the missing tail feathers sure could effect his balance and definitely his ability to land on a dime. The fan the tail feathers slow them down while the wings are still giving them lift. Maybe someone else will fill in any blanks so you will be well informed. Good Luck Richard
It's rather unusual to loose several wing feathers at once along with a tail feather. Are you sure the cat wasn't checking Ink out and scared him into fluttering in the cage? Hopefully there was nothing more than a scare, but as long as there wasn't direct contact with the cat, he's probably just been shaken up. I'd be suspicious. Cats are unpredictable though. It really shouldn't be affecting Ink's balance while perching. See what someone else thinks.
Doing so can be extremely stressful for the birds even if the cat can "supposedly" not get to the budgie.
While it is perfectly normal for wing and tail feathers to be lost during the molting process, the loss of several wing feathers and tail feathers all at one time is generally not normal.
I suspect something must have spooked the bird if several came out all at one time.
I strongly recommend you ensure the cat is never allowed in the same room with the birds in the future.
The loss of the wing and tail feathers should not affect your budgie's balance when he's perching.