On the 2nd Molt - lost flight feathers - struggling with flying
As you know Biz is going through his 2nd molt... and has lost a lot of feathers. Many of them flight feathers, but he's losing a lot of feathers in general.
Today he lost more flight feathers on his wings (two long ones... appears to be a long one on each side, so he doesn't really have any of the long wing feathers anymore)... and I noticed he is struggling with his flying. He can fly but it's nothing like he could do previously. It was almost like having clipped wings. He couldn't get the height and had to flap harder.
I trust that this is normal, but I thought I would inquire just in case. Because I was thinking... in nature that would be really dangerous. He wouldn't be able to keep up with his flock.
He is so awesome. He is getting through his molt with a really cheerful attitude.
Poor little Biz! He's just going through a particularly rough time right now, but as his feathers grow back in he'll be able to gain more altitude
I hope he feels better soon!
Thanks StarlingWings! He's in a great mood all things considered. He can fly... but it sounds funny and I can see the difference (it's louder, he has to flap harder to not go as high.) But he's been a real champ. Very cheerful. Thx...!