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MOTM March 2012
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Hi, thank you so much for your reply. I rescued him from a bird charity. They help sick and injured wild birds and occasionally take in lost pet birds. Skedaddle was a found budgie who was never claimed, so I rehomed him. He escaped from wherever he lived and managed to fly near a main road and into the window of a motor showroom! He must have been only 8 weeks or so when I got him and that was in March. He went through his first moult and has been like this since. Yes, his tail feather is very much intact, so I'm glad of that. It seems his wings are the worst. He has an amazing diet with fresh veg & fruit, egg food and a wide variety of seeds. I've been cleaning his feathers by hand with luke warm water to help any discomfort. He seemed very miserable until he paired off with one of my hens and now he's very happy.
Unfortunately, there are no avian vets in the area I live in. It would be a long, stressful journey for him to visit one. The nearby vets do see my birds in emergencies to give medication, but they stress that there are no avian specialists for me to see.
Thank you for letting me know about his markings, too. I think they're beautiful. Here is a pic of him and his mate.
It is highly unlikely he was only 8 weeks when you got him. This the age they become independant from their parents.

How long have you had him now in total? Does he bathe in a dish on his own? Cleaning him by hand could be causing some issues with the feathering.
Can you take pictures of his wings held out gently from top and bottom so we can see what feathers are missing and if there is any growth.
 
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