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Old 05-31-2016, 03:01 PM
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I got Jev from petco in September of last year, so I've had him for about 8 months or so. Parakeets from petco come with pre-clipped wings. He had a night fright last night and tore out several flight feathers on his left wing. He is ok now, there was no blood and the only injury I can see is that his wing is sore. After he calmed down, I took him out and stretched his legs and toes a bit to make sure nothing was broken, and I stretched both wings out to be sure they weren't broken and to see how much damage was done to the left wing. I noticed that there are still feathers there that look freshly cut and I have not clipped since bringing him home, there's no need where they currently live. I was wondering if these are permanently damaged or if they will come back? He's already moulted once. I will try to post pictures

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I'm glad that Jev is just fine after his night fright! Perhaps having a night light by his cage will minimise the risk of it happening again?

As for his clipped feathers, budgies moult in stages so as to not be totally helpless when their moults come around. For example, his first moult he may have grown back two flights on each side, and one tail feather. His next moult, he may grow back another flight on each side, two tail feathers, and a few mask feathers.

It's different for every budgie which feathers they lose and regrow when, but rest assured in time he'll have all his flights back
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The little covert feathers are the ones that are cut in half, all of them about half an inch in are cut. The first image is not him, it came from google since I've stressed him out enough today handling him



Thank you for your help! I always have dim light in my room and never completely cover them but I fell asleep watching tv, not uncommon honestly, and I had rolled over on the remote and switched it to a channel I don't have which caused that bouncy direct tv logo screensaver and I really think that must be what scared him so bad. Hopefully he'll molt again sometime soon and get all his feathers back, he's just miserable when he can't fly. I didn't know they molted that way though, so thank you for the information it explains a lot!

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You're quite welcome, I'm sure that soon Jev will be soaring around perfectly
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No, I got that picture off of google just to show which feathers I was talking about since jev was already tired of my sweaty hands all over him that day lol
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The member had explained in the post with the pictures that the first image was not of her budgie.
That picture is of a Bourke Parakeet and was taken from a google search.

Star provided excellent information with regard to the stages of a budgie's molt which has answered the OP's question.

I'm closing the thread at this time.
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