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Old 08-27-2015, 02:43 PM
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I purchased a 10 week old budgie from the local pet shop on Monday.

Brought her straight home and released her into the aviary where she promptly plummets to the floor and spent the rest of the day climbing the mesh and perching, every so often loosing balance and dropping back onto the floor.

Initially I wasnt too worried as sometimes i find if i buy birds that have been bred in small breeder cages and then sat in pet shop display cages when i release them into the wide open space of an aviary their wing muscles arent strong enough and they stuggle with their flight and landings, but genrally do fly and get straonger and more adept very quickly.

However it has been 3 days now and this little budgie simply cannot fly, nothing, not even a wing assisted hop from one perch to another. She moves about via branches and climbing the mesh but still falls to the floor if dislodged.

The other three budgies in the aviary, whilst initially interested in her for an hour or so, just completely ignore her.

Has anyone ever come across a bird that simply wont, or cant, fly?

Here she is, the little yellow one

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Old 08-27-2015, 03:05 PM
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I can't tell from the picture, have her wings been clipped?
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Is she fully flighted as in having all of her flight feathers on both wings?
If she is fully flighted and you don't notice any visible disability on her wings, then maybe she is weak and needs more time to build muscle and strength on her body. A good diet will also help getting her in better shape health wise and hopefully soon she will start to put her wings to good use.
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she's definitely fully flighted, no clipped wings.

Hopefully her stength with improve just not used to one taking so long to fly, she doesnt even attempt a small flight or simply flap her wings when she's stationary (you know the way young birds do when they're building up just after fledging)
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If problem continues, suggest you put her in a separate cage as birds can pick on a bird sick or with limitation to getting around as a normal, healthy bird. I had a bird that picked on and attacked his mate when I returned her to the cage after a trip to the vet for an injury. The seller of this bird was most likely aware of this birds flying problems. I myself would give the bird a break, and just keep her in a separate cage for safety and look into getting a companion for the bird that is safe for her. She is a pretty yellow bird.
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I agree with both aluz and Birdmanca.

The budgie's wing muscles may not be strong enough to allow her to fly. Perhaps with time, and the opportunity to exercise them that will change. As aluz indicated, a good diet is very important to help build her strength as well as for her overall well-being.

Putting her in a separate cage so the other budgies don't hurt her is an excellent suggestion.

By the way, I'm curious as to why you didn't follow the quarantine protocol with her to begin with?

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In the picture, her wing's seem to be hanging slightly rather than being pulled up tight in the wing pocket's. Hopefully it is just weak or underdeveloped wing muscles as other's have mentioned, and she will get stronger in time. She is a beautiful bird. Keep us posted...
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I agree with both aluz and Birdmanca.

The budgie's wing muscles may not be strong enough to allow her to fly. Perhaps with time, and the opportunity to exercise them that will change. As aluz indicated, a good diet is very important to help build her strength as well as for her overall well-being.

Putting her in a separate cage so the other budgies don't hurt her is an excellent suggestion.

By the way, I'm curious as to why you didn't follow the quarantine protocol with her to begin with?

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My birds get access to good quality seed 24/7 as well as grit, eggfood, millet and fresh fruit and veg everyday so hopefully she will take advantage of all these on offer.

The other budgies arent bothered by her at all, no agression, they simply ignore her at the moment. The aviary has an indoor section and an outdoor section so she isnt always in the same area as the others nd has plenty of space to get away from them. She also shares the flight with kakariki parakeets, canaries and zebra finches, again none of which have bothered with her, she is billy no mates!

I dont use a quarantine process with my birds, hense why she went straight into the aviary. I have two years experience as a zoo keeper in charge of the bird section so do know all the protocols etc, I dont however feel the need at home. I know many wont agree with this but it's how I do it.

I had considered removing her to a cage but that seems to negate the fact that I want her to use her wings and build up the strength so putting her back into a small cage may be counterproductive if she hasnt the room to properly fly. She gets about the aviary very well by climbing, just doesnt fly.

I've not known a bird be so unwilling to use its wings. She appears otherwise healthy so it's a bit of a mystery.
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Have you taken her out and tried to gently hoist her forward so to speak , as you do with a young baby bird learning to fly? maybe she was simply bred in a confined area and has never even tried to fly. Do her wings open up fully without causing her any pain or signs of discomfort at all?
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