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I've never seen a budgie like this before in my local pet store. His tail looks like pin feathers. Does this mean he's really young? .... Too young? Otherwise he seems healthy and active.
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Looks like something happened and someone lost their tail and is regrowing it now. By the time they are old enough to be fully feathered on the rest of the body, the tail is already in.
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No, that bird is young but not a baby. For a baby budgie to have tail feathers that short, it must've been plucked or possibly stuck to something and yanked out You could tell because all the rest of his feathers seem developed.

As you can can see in the photo below, one of our babies which is way younger than the budgie above in your photo, has more tail development than the budgie at the pet store. A budgie that age should have longer tail feathers

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Awww.....poor guy. : ( ....Thanks for the insights you two. That's a huge help and a great piece of new knowledge.

( And that's a really cute little baby chick!!! )
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