My cockatiel, lost his flight feathers

by john
(chicago)

Two weeks ago we had company staying for a week, and he was scared of birds so I had to shut the cockateils door on the cage for that time until he left and every day there was some larger than normal feathers at the bottom, and I didnt pay much attention until I noticed she could not fly because all the flight feathers on one wing were gone, could she had done this because she was deppressed ?

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Jul 02, 2011
RE- loss of flight feathers
by: Claire

Hi John, im by no means an expert but ive had tiels for 13years now and ive experianced this with 2 of mine. I had to have them locked in their cages while we got the house rewired, i have 12 and they went to stay with my mum in their own room at her house. When i was visiting on the 2nd day i noticed 2 of them were moulting badly, Jack just normal body feathers but Joey was losing the big wing feathers. Because they have never been caged i instantly thought it was stress at being locked up and let them all out and they stopped losing the feathers. I think its probably the same cause for your little one and once everything is back to normal im sure they will grow back, my Joey grew his back fine, birds show stress in different ways, losing feathers being one of them unfortunately :)

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