Hi everyone. First time poster here but I've been following this forum for quite some time now.
Got a quick question about our budgie - Trix.
We got her* about 3 months ago when she was (apparently) 8-10 weeks old and it appears that she's going through her first serious molt. No problem - I've done a lot of reading up on Budgie molts and I feel like we're ready for this.
Thing is, I've started to notice that her keratin sheaths are coming off with some feathers attached.
As I understand it, this means that the sheath is either coming off early or the feather hasn't developed properly??
Additionally, when we got her we were told that her flight feathers had been clipped. Over the past couple of weeks I've noticed 2 flight feathers growing (1 under each wing) but just yesterday Trix was hopping about on the floor and after one particular large hop one of her flight feathers fell right off.
There was a tiny bit of reddish goo at the base of the sheath when I first inspected it and I've had a look under Trix's wing (as much as she would let me, she still hates being touched) and I don't see any blood or anything. As an aside, this all happened yesterday and Trix seems completely unperturbed by her loss.
My question is, does any of this matter or should I be concerned? I was told by a pet store owner that this sort of stuff is normal for young Budgies but having been on the receiving end of bad Pet Store advice in the past (we also have a Canary and a bunch of fish) I have very quickly learned not to trust them!
Any advice would be appreciated and apologies for the length of the post!!!
*we actually don't know if Trix is a he or a she. Her nose is still pink but my wife has taken to calling Trix a she because 'she' is extremely bossy and loves to boss us, and our Canary (Puff), around all the time!