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Question Feather trauma?

Hello from Madrid, where I'm stuck at home with the flu!

Not wanting to neglect Sammy, I let him out to fly a bit. Well, he just had a surreal interaction with our throw pillows! He got a nail stuck in the fabric while crawling and started trying to fly. I immediately picked him and the pillow up, wrapped him in a towel, and freed his toenail. Somehow, when he was thrashing around, he also got his tail feather (one of the 2-3 long ones) stuck through the fabric of the pillow, like a needle. I also freed the feathers. (Obviously, we won't be putting these throw pillows back on the couch!)

I took a long look at him, paying particular attention to his foot that was stuck. He's using it, he lets me move it in all directions, and it looks healthy and just like his other foot. I'll keep a close eye on him over the next hour for sure.

But he seems to be preening a lot and shaking his tail feather back and forth (almost like when he tries to mate with his toys - for shame! ) I'm assuming this is because he got his feathers rumpled when he was trying to fly and when I picked him up quickly. But I want to make sure that he's ok. Can budgies have tail feather trauma?

He just started molting on his head this week (he's 9 months old) but hasn't been molting larger feathers. There don't appear to be any blood feathers around his tail, and he isn't bleeding (thank goodness!). He seems a bit traumatized, but I would be too!

He's hanging out with extra millet and a very close eye on him. Since I'm practically bedridden, I'd like to avoid the ER vet if possible (he has a regular appointment on Friday, so I'll definitely get him checked out). If he starts to show odd signs, of course I'll take him.

Just wanted everyone's opinion on the tail feather trauma bit. Thank you so much!

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Hi, everyone! Sammy is doing fine from his traumatizing experience with our throw cushion - which have been banished to the bedroom!

We started the process to switch him to Harrison's Lifetime pellets today, and he just started eating them like it was yummy food! We have one cool budgie! .... of course, he went right to his millet after that, but we'll solve that problem tomorrow!
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