Why Is My Cockatiel Pulling Feathers From Under His Wings

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Why Is My Cockatiel Pulling Feathers From Under His Wings

From: JANNINE P

Date: Wed, Oct 24, 2018 at 11:47 AM

Dear Mitch

I wanted to ask for your advise.

My male cockatiel is pulling his feathers out from under his wings.

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How To Set-up A Handicapped Galah Parrot Cage

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Galah parrot aka rose breasted cockatoo.

 

I have a young Galah who is missing her toes on one foot.

 

She was three weeks old when she developed constricted toe and has the amputation, so she really has no idea that she’s handicapped.

 

She’s a little over two years old now. (1st April 2016)

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What To Feed My 27 Birds From Finches To A Blue Front Amazon

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Hi I’m looking for a dietary regimen for an Amazon Blue Front parrot.

 

He is used to a seed diet and I’m looking to provide him a healthier diet.

 

Do you have any recommendations?

 

Also I need a healthy diet for a sun conure. A dietary regimen for parakeets and also for finches of various varieties.

 

I’m looking to save money considering I have 27 different birds.

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The Challenge Of Rescuing An Older Injured Citron Cockatoo

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Thank you Constance R.

 

So often its important to hear from independent third parties who provide valuable feedback on our pet bird content.

 

Having been in the process of rescuing budgies, (current budgie census is at six) and spending a lot of time with Peaches, our Senegal parrot weighing in at about 115 g, our recent focus has been skewed towards smaller birds.

 

Constance has a Congo African Grey and an Umbrella Cockatoo and from her recommendations, this is going to be a cockatoo-lishish post.

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Handicapped Bird Videos – What our birds teach us about disabilities

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We get help desk tickets and phone calls on a regular basis seeking advice for a handicapped bird. The most common disability is splayed foot (especially in budgies).

Splayed foot is when one or both of the bird’s feet turn sideways as a chick. This usually happens to young birds when nesting material is “slippery” so the feet don’t have enough traction to point in the right direction while still in the nest.

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How does this budgie not know he is handicapped?

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Hi I have a 7 month old handicapped english budgie

that was born with a one splayed leg that sticks straight out. His wings were over clipped when I got him at 2 months of age.

 

I have waited un-patiently for his wings to grow out as my other parakeets are flighted.

 

I see from the way he perches like a kick stand mostly on a ladder. That he has close access to his one wing with a bad leg and over preens and chews on just this one which makes him flutter lopsided.

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English budgie with a splayed leg that chews on his wing – conundrum

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Hi I have a 7 month old english budgie that was born with a one splayed leg that sticks straight out.

His wings were over clipped when I got him at 2 months of age. 

I have waited un-patiently for his wings to grow out as my other parakeets are flighted.

I see from the way he perches like a kick stand mostly on a ladder.

That he has close access to his one wing with bad leg and over preens and chews on just this one which makes him flutter lopsided.

He doesn’t seem to know he can start flying, but gets around quite well.

Do you have any advice on how to stop this chewing of the one wing.

I would love to see him fly with his friends.

They have free time out on top of four cages with tons of perches and toys.

They have never figured out in seven years they could go around the corner down the hall, which is a great plus for me.

They are my little babies, I refer to them affectionately as keebler elfs.

Thanks for your help. Michelle

 

ME-> 6/9/2016 12:24:38 AM Yikes!

fyi – 

Chances are this bird is too old to fix the leg so before we resort to extreme measures I’m going to advocate the introduction of at the very least one flat perch so your budgies good foot isn’t getting overworked.

I would like to know how often he gets bathed?

Perhaps with the introduction of more moisture into the feathers praying could be reduced. 

This is where I would start – please send feed back so we can try to fix this together

mitchr

Follow up

Hi Mitch, I wrote to you a while back about my handicapped english budgie Kenny a while back.

He has one splayed leg that sticks straight out and up.

He likes to perch at a angle where he looks like a kick stand.

I thought he was chewing his wing feathers on one side, but he now seems to have almost finished a long molt cycle.

He has started to fly with my other parakeets, although wobbly he can now do 90 degree angles.

It has been the longest six months waiting Kennys feathers to grow back.

He was only 8 weeks old when I rescued him, and if you remembered his wings were over trimmed.

My 4 other parakeets are all flighted and out most of the day as I am home.

Kenny had an extra cage set on the floor next to the table (with one of 3 large cages I have in a cluster) with a long ladder up to side of cage on the table,with many wooden clothes pins clipped to side of table cage he used as a ladder (as this side had vertical bars).

Being on the top of this cage is the favorite Cool Spot for all the birds.