Parakeet Lost Flight Feathers on One Side - should I clip the other?

by Antoinette
(New York, NY)

Hello, I recently boarded my parakeet during a molt and when I picked him up, I found he had lost all of his flight feathers on one side. I read that this might be a stress molt. He seems OK otherwise, and is eating and pooping normally but I was wondering if a vet should see him or if I should clip the flight feathers on his other wing to make him even. He cannot fly right now with one wing missing the flight feathers but I can keep him in his cage until they grow back. I have read that clipped wings take much longer to grow back than molted wings. I can't seem to find consistent answers to this issue. What do you suggest?

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Feb 24, 2010
Flight feathers missing on one side
by: The Avian Vet

I do not recommend clipping the other wing! It will take 2-3 months, maybe longer, for the feathers to grow in. You do not need to keep him caged during that time, unless he is adamant about trying to fly. You do need to have him seen by an avian veterinarian, especially if he has not been seen within the last 12 months.

Dr B

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