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Old 01-23-2017, 01:05 PM
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Default My first traumatic experience with budgies. Any help would be appreciated.

I have been a budgie owner at some point in my life (30 some years) and a few nights ago I had my worst experience.

Our male, Deacon, for reasons unknown, had some sort of night fright. Around 1am.

We were woken by a loud squawking and flapping, I ran downstairs immediately to investigate. Deacon was at the bottom of the cage, very distressed. Blood on the walls and lower perches. Not a lot, but still blood.

I sat with them both in low light and managed to get to a point where I could pet them as usual. Tickles under the beak etc. I probably spent an hour trying to work out where the blood had come from. Initially I thought Deacon had got his leg caught in a ladder or something but there were no obvious signs.

The next day when preparing for the vets I was cleaning the cage and came across what seems to be a very prominent wing feather. I'm not sure what the correct word is but the spine of the feather is very thick and the end of it has about a centimetre of blood on it suggesting it's a very important feather.

I can only assume this feather somehow got caught in the panic. As distressing as it was for Deacon I'm actually a little relieved that this could mean he has no other injuries. Both birds are both very happy and are their usual selves so I still haven't gone to the vets just yet although I am considering it still.

Strangely, Deacon was the more shy bird but since we 'rescued' him and spent time with him after he seems to love us.

Has anybody experienced behaviour like this before? Should I still be looking to head to a vet sometime soon?

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I'm sorry your budgies had a night fright.
From your description your Deacon has likely broken one of the blood feathers on the wing. Were there any fallen flight feathers or even tail feathers at the cage's bottom?
It's not unusual for budgies to lose one or more of their longest feathers on the wing and tail areas when having a night fright.

It would be good if you could try to better examine the longest feathers on the wing area, especially the one that has blood on it to check for damage.
If the feather is broken and you don't feel confident in taking care of it (by carefully pulling it out), then it's best to book Deacon an appointment with the avian vet specialist.

Even for more shy pet birds, in a moment of need they know they can rely on us and surely Deacon is very grateful for the extra TLC you have given him and Rayna right after the stressful event.
It's also possible for a pet bird to gain more trust in us when we help them overcome a more challenging time (be it an accident where they got hurt and needed nursing, an illness, etc).
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There was a feather left in the bottom of the cage. Where this would have been attached to him was quite bloody. If you imagine the birds right wing towards the tip he is clearly missing a couple of feathers there. He was quite happy for me to check his wing out. He actually presented it to me.

He seems fine now though and every time I go near the cage he is all over me and very loving. He has even started jumping to the front of the cage as I walk by so I can tickle him.

I do have a picture of where I think the damage has been caused but obviously didn't want to cause distress to others.

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It's actually really good that you were observant and noticed the fallen feather with the bloodied tip. That's where the splatters of blood came from during the commotion as the feather became damaged and then fell off whole.
Since all is well with Deacon's wings and he is all recovered and in a good mood, you can save the vet appointment for another occasion.
The missing flight feathers will grow back in a few weeks time.
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I'm glad Deacon seems to be well recovered after the night fright.

Do you have a night light on in the room with the birds cage? It might be worth leaving the cage not fully covered and leave a night light on.
This way, if Deacon has another fright the light will stop hims from bashing into anything in his panic and decrease the chances of injuries.

I had a period of time where my birds with having frights rather frequently and it is a little scary but I did find the light helped them calm down quicker.
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You've been given very good advice.
Providing a nightlight and ensuring a portion of the cage is left uncovered will be helpful.

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-gene...t-frights.html

Be sure you know how to handle a broken blood feather should one occur (rather than the feather coming out totally), how to stop bleeding and ensure you have a well-stocked Birdie First Aid Kit on hand.

https://talkbudgies.com/emergency-roo...-feathers.html

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-budg...first-aid.html

I'm glad little Deacon is doing well now!

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I'm glad darling Deacon is just fine now! I hope he doesn't have any future night frights!
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