Cockatiel losing lots of wing feathers.

by Vivian
(Illinois)

Hi, I've had my cockatiel, Dusty for 9 years now and just at 4 am (Which was about half an hour ago as I'm typing this) I woke up to hearing him fall in his cage. I got up and checked on him and he quickly climbed onto me. I then noticed he had tons of his feathers from only his wings gone. I don't think it's molting, he has never molted like this. I am very worried and nothing like this has ever happened. He seems okay now, he is grooming himself and trying to sleep.

Thank you for your help.

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Feb 24, 2010
Cockatiel falling
by: The Avian Vet

It sounds like he had what is called a ?night fright?. He likely thrashed in his cage and lost the feathers due to trauma. They should grow back in 6-8 weeks, maybe a little longer. You should have him examined by an avian veterinarian to be sure it is not more serious.

Dr B

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