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Hello, and nice to meet you all; I’m new to the forum and had a question about my budgie Kiki. We found him in May, in the parking lot of a plaza near our house being attacked by starlings, and managed to catch him. He was on quarantine away from our others birds for a month, and at the time we thought his missing wing and tail feathers were due to being ripped out; now however it has become obvious he is either ripping them out or that they are breaking due to brittleness. I thought it could be French moult, and was hoping for some input. I attached photos below, if more are needed just let me know. Thank you for your time
 

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You've been given excellent advice. While what you describe may very well be French molt, his recent stressful episode in the wild could explain it as well. An avian vet would be able to make the call after examining him. Is he flighted at all? He clearly was when he escaped.

Meanwhile, bless you for rescuing him.
 

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You've been given excellent advice. While what you describe may very well be French molt, his recent stressful episode in the wild could explain it as well. An avian vet would be able to make the call after examining him. Is he flighted at all? He clearly was when he escaped.

Meanwhile, bless you for rescuing him.
He can flutter around a bit, but not much as he is missing most of his flight feathers. I will definitely look into booking an appointment with an avian vet, hopefully they can confirm it is just from being outside and not something worse.
 

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Hello and welcome to the forums!

FaeryBee has given great advice above and I agree completely.

I’m glad you rescued the little fellow and it’s good to hear you’ll be booking him in to the vet. Meanwhile, you’ve come to a great place to learn even more about the best of budgie care practices! Please be sure to have a look around the forums’ many budgie articles and “stickies”, included above, to ensure you’re up to date on everything! If you have questions after doing so, please be sure to ask as we’d love to help.

Please keep us posted!

Cheers! 👋
 

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So we found an avian pet and booked the appointment. It’s in a few days, so we should hopefully have some answers soon. Oh, and since he is stubborn about eating anything but seeds I read through some of the threads on the forum; There I heard you can mix pellets ground into a powder with seeds to help give them extra nutrition so I began doing that. I’ve tried introducing him to broccoli and lettuce but he doesn’t seem too interested, do you guys have any suggestions on other vegetables to try?
 

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Look at the list of vegetables in the link below:

Safe Foods for Budgies

It can take several weeks (or even months) for budgies to decide to try a new food.
Fruit is high in sugar content so vegetables are actually healthier for your budgies with fruits given only occasionally (once or twice a week)

You will find many different tips with regard to presenting vegetables and encouraging your budgies to try new foods in the Diet and Nutrition section of the forum.
The first vegetable which my budgies that had not been weaned to vegetables tried (and loved) was sweet corn kernels sprinkled with a teeny bit of garlic powder (NOT salt).

Budgies seem to love "spicy" tastes.
They also adored fresh basil, cilantro, dill, chickweed, zucchini and red pepper.

 

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So we went to the vet, he said he believed that Kiki is lacking protein and recommended to switch him on to pellets. I started giving him boiled egg mushed up with zoopreme pellets, and sprouted budgie mix/quinoa in the mornings; and then of course his regular mix in the afternoon/evenings. I don’t believe he has actually eaten much of it, but he did at the very least try it. On the bright side, after seeing my other budgie eating some lettuce Kiki began eating not only lettuce but dill as well!
 
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