Odd feather growing

This is my first bird. I've had my love bird for a couple months now but have not gotten his wings clipped because I didn't think it would matter besides the fact that he'd be able to fly. He now has a feather growing at an odd angle off one of his wings? Should I take him to the Vet or is this normal?

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Jan 24, 2011
Feather growing odd direction
by: The Avian Vet

You should take him to see an avian veterinarian

Dr B

Jan 24, 2011
Odd feather growing
by: Linda

The feather is most likely broken and will fall out on its own. You DO need to have your bird's wings clipped by an Avian Vet, plus your bird needs to be examined and checked for infections that all new birds usually contract while being moved around. Take her only to an Avian Vet as dog and cat vets are not licensed or trained in the care of birds.

On the wing clip, have them clip the 6 long primary flight feathers at the bottom ends of each wing. Do not let them cut up any higher as this causes chronic pain and bird falls like a rock to the floor. With the primary flight feathers only trimmed, bird will glide safely down and get no lift to fly all over the house. Flighted birds are a danger to themselves as they can fly into all manner of things like windows, mirrors, walls and the list goes on. It is much safer to keep birds wings clipped, and the 6 long primary feathers at the ends of the wings are sufficient to keep them from having lift to fly all over.

You also need to do some reading and study on the proper way to take care of your new bird. Parrots and other birds need safe, natural wood branch perches so their feet and legs are able to relax using different size diameters. Early onset arthritis is a problem with birds left on dowel rods all their lives.

Thanks for writing,
Linda

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