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Old 12-24-2016, 03:58 AM
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Hi. About three days ago my family and I got a new budgie whom we've affectionately named Waddles. However we've all become extremely concerned since we've observed him feather plucking. We've felt so guilty about isolating him from his budgie friends in order to tame him that we've given upon the idea altogether and even have gotten him a new friend from his old cage at the pet shop which we've named Duke. In hindsight Duke may have been a rash purchase, but we're really desperate to make amends. Waddles and Duke's cage is pretty huge: 78 x 42 x 56 cm, and we've even put a stick of millet spray for the both of them.

Here is a video of Waddles:
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Please tell us if we can do anything else. Thank you so much.

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Welcome to the forums,

Is Waddles currently moulting? Do you happen to see any bald patches on his plumage?

Since you and your family aren't new to budgies and at this point are able to distinguish fallen feathers that naturally fall when preening (the amount of fallen feathers when moulting is much higher) and actual feather plucking which is more of a violent act, if you are certain that Waddles is really plucking his feathers, then it would be best to book him an appointment with an avian vet specialist for the professional advice and treatment plan.
There are also measures to that you can take in order to divert Waddle's attention and to limit the urge to pluck feathers. And this is done by providing a stimulating and enriching environment for him, where he will be busy in participating in playful activities with his buddy Duke.

I'm wishing both Waddles and Duke all the best.
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The questions aluz has asked are important to determine if Waddles is over-plucking or simply molting. I agree that if he is plucking then it would be best to have him seen by an Avian Vet.

Avian Vets have special training to determine the cause of symptoms resulting from illness or trauma.
This is important as "regular" vets will often overlook symptoms that are quickly obvious to an Avian Vet.
When you rely on anyone who has not had training in Avian diagnosis and care, you may be delaying effective treatment.
This can prolong suffering that may be avoidable.
The bird will often require a more intense, prolonged treatment with a poorer chance of full recovery than it would have if you seek prompt professional diagnosis and treatment at the first sign of illness.

Distinction between an Avian Vet and a Vet that "Will See Birds"

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Hi there and to the forums!

I agree with the advice offered above. Plucking, where birds violently pull out their feathers, resulting in bald spots, is different than the feathers that may fall off as the bird preens during a moult

Having a good relationship with an avian vet is a great thing to have too, even if both birds are healthy. It's much less stressful to meet a new vet when there is nothing wrong with your birds then to have to rush in when there is an emergency.

I look forward to meeting Waddles and Duke!

Meanwhile, be sure to read through the forum's many articles and "stickies", as they will be sure to keep you posted on the very best of budgie care practices

If you have any questions afterwards, feel free to ask as we'd love to help!

Best wishes, please keep us posted on how they're doing!

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