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I just got my Budgie and am wondering what is going on. Maui is eating normally defecating regularly, flying great, out on her play set all day fine hanging out with me. I noticed today that if Maui's wings are spread out I think the feathers are called the greater primary covert feathers. Well underneath them on both wings there is a small patch missing. Maui's wings are clipped. Not sure age exactly but the rings on Maui's head go to about right where Maui's eyes are probably about a little less than inch between the cere and the rings. I wanna say maybe 3 months old. u cannot see the patch unless Maui's wings are spread out. Maui's stool today i did notice was a little lose looking.


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Hi there, to Talk Budgies!

You’ve come to the best budgie resource on the internet . Please familiarize yourself with our educational resource, by reading the Stickies posts located at the top of each forum section. There you’ll find a ton of up to date info on keeping budgies happy and healthy.

It’s hard to say about the missing feathers without a pic of what you’re describing, but when there is a symmetrical pattern, it’s most likely normal. Are you looking UNDER the primaries, as in the underside of the wing? There are some areas that are normally bare. Feathers don’t grow on every single millimeter of the body .

Stool can change depending on what foods are eaten, stress level, as if they’re going through a molt or not. The thing you want to look out for is a consistent pattern of diarrhea.
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You indicated you just got your budgie. How long exactly have you had her?

Budgies need a minimum of two weeks to settle into their new home and you should not be trying to touch or tame them at this time.
Play music or the TV for them when you are not around during the day.

There is no need to worry about small patches of missing feathers on Maui's wings under the primary feathers.
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thanks so much i have been reading through since i've posted this. and yes they are the same exact size and it is under the feathers. i was worried about feather plucking but that doesn't seem to be what this is. I will upload a picture later tonight when i get my phone back from my husband after he is out of work. I super appreciate the reply. I am thinking about getting Maui a friend just to make it more happy (it because no idea what the sex is yet lol) But I was told if I get 2 birds the bonding won't be as easy. I feed Maui the same food they did in the store they said not to change it because Maui is so young. We feed Roudy Bush Nibbles pellets and Worldly Cuisine as instructed by the employee. All the animals they sell are locally bred and raised by either the owner or local breeders. these are the owner's parakeets. I have noticed that Maui doesn't eat much of the worldy cuisine. I also add green beans to it as instructed as well. thank you for your time and i will make sure to keep reading the stickies.
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I have also had Maui for almost 9 days. I was told to start bonding after the first 4 days. Maui has been very friendly and steps up already. I give Maui about an hour or 2 a day to begin with being out on the play perch set just to be around me so there is no lonesomeness.
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It's great she's doing well so far but do be aware that budgie's often change in temperament when their hormones "kick-in" and they begin their first molt. I just don't want that to come as a surprise to you when that time comes.

Many budgies are quite happy as solo birds and it is definitely easier to tame and bond with a single bird. Some breeders recommend not getting a second budgie until you've had the first for a minimum of 6 months so you can learn the bird's personality and temperament before deciding whether or not that budgie truly needs a same-species friend.

There are many things to take into consideration before getting a second budgie.

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If you decide to get another budgie in the future, please be sure to observe quarantine for the new budgie.

Quarantine means housing the new bird in a different cage in a different room than the current bird (as far away from the room the current bird is in as possible) for a period of 35-45 days.

Budgies mask symptoms when they are ill. Symptoms may not show up for over two weeks.
Often you will not even realize your bird is not well. Many budgie illnesses are airborne which is why you need to quarantine your new bird in a completely different room.

It is also a good idea to always take a new budgie in to see an Avian Vet for a "well-birdie" check-up. This allows you to develop a good relationship with the vet and the vet can establish a baseline for your bird in case of any future illnesses or injuries.

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Do you have the time, finances, etc to devote to another bird?

Are you ready, willing and able to house the new budgie separately on a permanent basis if it does not get along with your current bird after quarantine?

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Best wishes with your little girl. I'm looking forward to seeing pictures of her.
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Thank you so much. If i got a mate it would have been one that Maui was caged with which would be a sibling when i got Maui. yes Quarantine is always a must with any animal. We have ferrets as well and we had to do the same thing when we got each of ours that we have. I appreciate the reply and look forward to learning more.

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Nothing to be concerned about.
Your budgie looks fine. The feathers in that section are simply "thinner" right now and that should change when the budgie molts and grows in new feathers.

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