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Teebo is currently in the process of his first moult. It makes him change his mood rapidly: he can be relaxed and fluffed for a bit and then crazy jumping and screaming around and fighting with Umi. He is loosing a quite a bit of feathers daily.

This morning I opened the cage and found a flight feather from his wing. First I was not worried, but then I noticed that his clipped wings miss one long feather, which just grew few days ago. I guess he broke it yesterday while jumping around and trying to fly. There was no blood on his wing, but seems a bit on the feather.

I am wondering, if this feather will grow back soon? Will that bother him to miss one flight feather? Any suggestions? Please see the pictures attached.

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Have you checked to determine if the feather quill is still protruding from Teebo's wing?

https://talkbudgies.com/your-budgies-...-feathers.html

If so, it's best to remove it so he doesn't try to do so himself.

After the quill is removed, Teebo's body will take some time to grow a replacement feather. He'll be just fine.
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Teebo may need to bathe more often when moulting a light misting of tepid water can be beneficial or offering some wet lettuce leaves to roll around on. Also offering some egg and biscuit mix to help grow in healthy new feathers .
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Thank you FaeryBee for your prompt reply!
No, I didnt do anything with him so far, I only took him out in the morning to see if this feather was the new one as I saw only one long feather sticking out of his wing. I will check if the quil is still there and will remove it asap following the instruction in the link you gave me.

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Have you checked to determine if the feather quill is still protruding from Teebo's wing?

https://talkbudgies.com/your-budgies-...-feathers.html

If so, it's best to remove it so he doesn't try to do so himself.

After the quill is removed, Teebo's body will take some time to grow a replacement feather. He'll be just fine.
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Please be sure to update after doing so.

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Thank you Pretty boy for your suggestion!
I offer a plate with water and carrot leaves in it daily to my budgies. Teebo is not a big fan of bathing or being misted on. I offer fresh veggies like carrot, carrot leaves and broccoli daily, but so far they didnt really like to eat carrot. What I noticed, is that both Teebo and Umi (he is just started his first moult) are eating quite a bit of grit and iodine block. I add eggfood mix for moulting birds in their seed mix, not really sure they eat it.



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Budgies do not need "grit".

A cuttlebone, mineral block and/or manu clay rose are sufficient.

Please review these threads:

https://talkbudgies.com/diet-nutritio...ur-budgie.html

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-diet...bout-grit.html
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Yes, as FaeryBee has advised please remove the grit from the cage budgies have a crop they do not need to have grit to help break down the food.
The lettuce leaves are placed on the bottom of the cage wet lots of budgies like to roll and rub on these to help with itchiness.
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Thank you FaeryBee for your links, I have read them before. I am not sure if I should remove it, as both my budgies have been treated with medication that may had an impact on their digestion. I received some instructions from my avian vet regarding diet to follow and things like cheese and yoghurt were in it together with grit. I know budgies are lactose intolerant so I do not give it to them, but I am quite puzzled with this suggestions. I will remove grit after we finish with the treatment.


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A cuttlebone, mineral block and/or manu clay rose are sufficient.

Please review these threads:

https://talkbudgies.com/diet-nutritio...ur-budgie.html

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-diet...bout-grit.html
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I can not believe an avian vet would advise this treatment to you?
Grit can cause a budgie to have digestive problems as the grit can get lodged in the digestive tract or crop. This can be very dangerous. I find it incredulous a Avian vet would advise you to give a Budgie grit, cheese, and Yoghurt.
If this was my vet I would be getting a second opinion and seriously think about changing to another for any future problems.
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