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Hi guys I am new to this forum or any forum to begin with.

I have a baby budgie called Charlie and have had him now for 14 weeks or so. I have attempted to train him via talking to him gently outside the cage then proceeding to get him used to my hand in the cage and now he hops on my finger once I offer him spray millet and has come out of the cage 4 times so far.

I'm becoming quite upset from noticing his concerning behaviour where he pecks at his feathers and pulls at them a lot of the day. I googled this and found it can come from boredom and loneliness. I don't have much time to play with him as I would like but still try to commit to engaging with him at least once per day. I have done what has been suggested and bought him new toys which I change over once a week which he engages with and I keep the music on all day for him while I'm out of the home. I feel this behaviour is becoming worse and could use some advice. To add to this, now when he sits on my finger inside the cage he hops off before getting to the cage door - possibly scared of coming out again?

Any advice would be great,
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Welcome to the forum.

Have you witnessed Charlie actually pulling his feathers out?
Birds do preen their feathers and you will occasionally see one out as they do this.
If Charlie is socialising with you and enjoys playing with his toys, he doesn't sound like he is bored.

Do you know if he is moulting right now? You may see an increase in the amount of feathers due to him going through a moult.

If you could post some pictures of Charlie, we might be able to determine if he is going through a moult right now.

Otherwise, the only other option would be to take him to an avian vet and get him a check up and mention your concerns over Charlie's behaviour.
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Thank you.

Yes I have. He pulls and preens at his feathers probably 80 per cent of the time he is awake. For some reason I couldn't upload the photos I took. I resized them so they were under 500 KB and they were in JPEG format so not sure what happened there.

I notice him pulling quite hard at his feathers and have sometimes noticed full feathers come out.

He doesn't talk to me but he does sit on my finger.
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Welcome to the forums!

I'm very sorry that you are having problems with your budgie.
Unfortunately, from your description it really seems your budgie has developed an obsessive behaviour that is manifesting through feather plucking.
Besides spending extra time with Charlie and trying to keep him busy in order to divert his attention from the feather plucking, it would be good to get the professional opinion of an avian vet specialist.
Hopefully with the right type of therapy combined with some kind of anxiety medication, your budgie's condition will improve and the feather plucking will diminish till it's put to a stop.

Best of luck with your Charlie.
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I would first take your little budgie to an aviary vet to make sure there is no physical cause for the excessive preening. It does sound like a behavioral issue, but I would want to rule out if something else is bothering him. If the vet determines that this is behavioral, then he/she should be able to give you a plan on how to go forward with the problem.

I hope you two get this figured out soon!
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Hi there and to the forums!

I'm sorry to hear of the issues you're experiencing with your Charlie! I agree with all the advice offered and hopefully you're able to get him into a veterinarian soon to confirm the problem.

In the meantime, be sure to read through the forum "stickies" (posts "stuck" to the top of each subforum for easy reference) as well as the Budgie Articles to ensure you're up to date on the very best of budgie care and practices! If you have any questions afterwards, be sure to ask as we'd love to help.

Please be sure to keep us posted on Charlie's condition, I hope the issue is resolved soon!

Hope to see you around!
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Thanks everyone.

I gathered I would have to see an avian vet as it became clear he was doing this obsessively but aren't they very expensive? Gosh I really hope I didn't attribute to this behaviour, it makes me so very sad!

But thanks again everyone.
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It of course is area dependent and specialty dependent, but my well budgie checks were 48 a piece. Bloodwork or scrapings would have been extra.

I really hope you get this figured out soon!
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Sorry Charlie isn't well. Hopefully he'll be better soon!
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