Cockateil - wing-bone damage

Our Cockatiel whilst flying, lost height, bumping into the slanted back of the TV, he landed on the floor, kind of hunched and fluttering his R wing, After scooping up and gently placing on top of cage, he fluffed his feathers re-positioned his wings and settled down again, - When he fly's now he losses height quickly, his R wing judders a bit while sat still - what could the problem be. could there be a break.

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Feb 08, 2011
Cockateil - wing-bone damage
by: Linda

Your bird should already have been taken to an Avian Vet for an xray of this wing. Yes, it could easily be broken because bird's bones are hollow and break easily.

The other issue is wings have to be clipped as it is not safe for birds to fly all over the house as they can have accidents like this and some of them are fatal. Once wing is treated and well, have Avian Vet trim the 6 long primary flight feathers at the ends of each wing. Trim no higher up as it is not necessary and hurts the bird. The 6 long primary feathers will allow bird to glide to the floor and allow no lift for flying into things.

So, your bird needs to be seen by an Avian Vet as quickly as you can get appointment and get there with him. If wing is broken and you wait too long, bone may have to be rebroken in order to set it properly, and going under anesthesia is dangerous for birds and expensive for humans.

Have bird checked for other physical causes for any weakness in wing as you mentioned he had shown some weakness in that wing before the accident which is probably what caused him to fall in the first place.

Keep us posted and thanks for writing,
Linda

Feb 08, 2011
Possible hurt wing
by: Tracie

Dr B can not tell if there is a break without examining your bird in person. If your bird is still acting as if there is a problem, then please take your bird to an avian vet for an exam.

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