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Old 06-17-2015, 09:30 PM
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Hi.. I have 5 budgies and usually let them all out together for several hours (if I'm around to supervise). This afternoon, I went in to change water and chat... everything was fine. Came back 15 minutes later and found Oscar's tail feathers (like all of them) on the floor. I thought someone had died when I first viewed the feathers. I checked her over, she seems fine as does everyone else.
I watched them over the next 40 minutes... noted nothing unusual. Put everyone in cages a bit early tonight.
What do I need to watch for in Oscar? The usual signs of illness?
I won't put them out together now.. I don't know what in the heck happened. I'm worried there is something I'm missing and she will not be ok. (Yes, I tend to worry and overthink things ).
Besides the concern, Oscar sure does look funny now.

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Judy,

How many tail feathers were on the floor and is she molting at this time?
If she's acting normally, I wouldn't be overly concerned.

Sometimes if a budgie is startled or scared it will drop all its tail feathers.
Maybe one of the other budgies grabbed her tail and it startled her enough she let them all go.

Now, after this happening are you feeling better about the budgies staying in their cages during the time you are away?
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Judy,

How many tail feathers were on the floor and is she molting at this time?
If she's acting normally, I wouldn't be overly concerned.
Well, I think I counted 5 or 6 feathers. She isn't molting.. finally. Both Cody and Lemony lost some tail feathers with their molts... but not the younger birds.

Sometimes if a budgie is startled or scared it will drop all its tail feathers.
Maybe one of the other budgies grabbed her tail and it startled her enough she let them all go.
Now, I had no idea that happens. That sounds like the most likely scenario. I bet Ivy did.. she's getting sort of frisky/crabby lately.

Now, after this happening are you feeling better about the budgies staying in their cages during the time you are away?
Well, yes I am.

Thanks again. Poor little Oscarlynn... she has a little fluffy bottom with no tail feathers. She used to have a gorgeous long tail. It will grow back?
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Yes, indeed -- Oscarlynn's tail will definitely grow back.
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And here is little Ms. Oscar No Tail today:

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She looks absolutely adorable -- just like a little duckling!
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Poor little Oscar! Oh well, at least they will grow back. I hope her balance is not too upset by the loss but I'm sure she'll adapt quickly
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She is as cute as could be Judy...
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Thanks, everybody. She has been more quiet today than usual.. But she is flying and walking ok. I think she seems embarrassed, though I know that can't be so.
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