birds wing injured?

someone gave me a cockatiel
and it was in cage by its self for months in a room by its self when i take it out i have to force it out it afraid of my hand but once i put it on my shoulder its fine and if it takes off to fly it cant really fly and looks like the longer feathers on one side are missing also a after it flutters to the ground i notice that it holds that wing up separate from his body for a few minutes and the it will settle it back to normal .

so my question it could be injured and if so will it heal its self and how long will it take should i not take it out of the cage for a while?

also about trying to get it used to my hand so i don't have to chase it around the cage what should i do about that.

i can tell it wants to come out becuase it sits at the corner of the cage pacing back and forth. but then when i stick my hand in the cage it runs.

i might mention that this is a 3 yr old bird and apparently has not much human contact. except to change it food and water. but i felt sorry for it said i would take it do you think it can still be trained?

thanks Melissa

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Sep 17, 2011
Bird with wing issue
by: The Avian Vet

This could be because new feathers are growing out. Blood feathers are painful and this may take up to 1-2 months to correct itself. However, something more serious could be going on and you need to take him in to see an avian veterinarian.

Bribe with food, move slowly, and be patient. Cockatiels are very nice birds and he will eventually form a bond or friendship with you and will be nice. Be sure that he has a cage that is at least 20 x 20 with a large door.

You are invading his territory. A large cage with a large door will help.

Yes, he will be fine. Give him time.

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Sep 11, 2011
but only one wing
by: Anonymous

but only one wing is missing the feathers and i know the person i got it from did not trim her wings in a long time.so the feathers should be the same length so i am thinking that it may have injured one of its wing when they were transporting it to me. as i said before ,i did not get it from a breeder i got it from my Friend whose son had lost interest and it was living in a room by its self. so i took it. its wing seems to be fine unless it tries to fly the it flutters to the ground unevenly i might add because only one of her wing are missing the feathers.


thanks melissa

Sep 11, 2011
Bird holding wing out
by: Tracie

Dr B will eventually answer this, but as best I can tell your bird has trimmed wings to keep it from flying. This is good in my opinion. This keeps the bird from flying somewhere in your home and chewing, licking or landing on something that will kill it.

It is possible that the person that trimmed the wings injured the bird, and that is why it holds its wing out.

If your bird has not been seen by an avian vet yet, then this is a good time to Find an Avian Vet for your bird. Hopefully the breeder you got the bird from DID take the bird to the vet to make sure it was healthy and free of disease before selling the bird to you.

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