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Old 09-11-2015, 04:45 PM
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Unhappy Reassurance All Is Well...lost tail feathers!

My little guy, Kenai, has been home with me one week today. He has been doing really well! Steps up...unless he finds something more interesting than me, flies up to my finger sometimes, eating well, and even hopped into the sink on his own for a small birdie bath yesterday! Today he was exploring the floor around my kitchen table while I fed my son. He had been on me and jumped down to check things out...then all the sudden he lets out a terrified squak and all of his tail feathers are on the floor. I don't know what scared him, and he is acting normal. They all came out, clean, no blood...nothing to worry about right? Poor little mumpkin!
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Old 09-11-2015, 05:14 PM
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Oh, I'm very sorry your little Kenai lost all of his tail feathers.
Do you happen to know exactly what has startled him so much to the point of releasing the tail feathers like that? This can happen on extreme situations when they are dealing with a predator and when feeling very scared and threatened by something. Accidents at home can also trigger this release.

It will take a few weeks for your boy to grow back his tail feathers. It's best to let him recuperate from the scary ordeal on his cage. It would also be important to pinpoint what caused this (like a loud noise or something along those lines) in order to prevent this from happening again.
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I was sitting right there, and I really am not sure what frightened him. He wasn't in any danger. I do have a busy household though...I just feel bad he got scared.
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There is no chance his tail was stepped on? As stated above a bird can release the tail feathers when scared, they will grow back no worries.
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Thank you guys!
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This is not something that is common for just a "scare".
In my 27 years of budgie ownership and this including rescues of lost stray pet budgies and other species of pet birds that came to me very stressed and in poor conditions and needing medical attention, I have never to this day experienced a bird to fully release the tail feathers.
Even during night frights, I never had a budgie to completely lose all tail feathers.
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I can't help but Kenai is a beauty.
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That is why I am so concerned! I have had many birds, and have never had that happen! I worked in a pet store, and I've never seen it happen. He was under the table, and he had just jumped down, but I suppose someone could have grazed his tail...I sure didn't think so...but something must have scared him really bad. I just don't want a big set back with him...or for him to be stressed out.
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When having your budgie out especially on a somewhat busy household, it's best to not allow him to go under the table or walking on the floor, especially when you are multitasking and not keeping a very close eye on him. It only takes a minute for trouble to happen.
While working on my computer, cooking, vaccuming and doing other household chores, all of my birds are safely inside their cages, because I know I cannot give them the undivided attention needed to them. This also minimizes the chances of accidents happening.
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Awww, poor little Kenai -- now he looks like a baby duckling.

I agree with aluz -- when you can't give him your full attention it's best that he's safely in his cage so he doesn't get hurt.

I'm very glad he's OK, Kenai is such a beautiful little guy!
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