wild sulphur crested cockie

by Pam
(Sydney Australia)

we found a young sulphur crested cockie. it seems in good health and is eating well but doesnt appear to have tail feathers. do they grow back? does it take long? we want to get it back into the wild as soon as possible. it is being kept in a big aviary it could fly in if it wanted to but is making no attempt.
thanks for any info anyone could give.

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Jan 23, 2013
Same story
by: Anonymous

Same story here. Cocky has had flight feathers and tail feathers pulled. We expect in a dog attack. Otherwise the picture of health.

Wing feathers are coming through nicely however we can not see any obvious tail feather growth after 4 weeks.

I am interested to know how long it took tail feathers for your rescued cocky to grow out.

Thank you

Jan 11, 2012
by: pam

Thanks Tracie. We did take the cockie to the vet and they said he was fine. In fact they didnt even mention the wing thing we just discovered he couldnt fly! Im glad there are people like you to help out. looks like we get to take care of him for a while!

Jan 10, 2012
Wild cockatoo missing tail feathers
by: Tracie

They will likely grow back, unless the bird has a feather disease or something. You should see feather shafts in the next couple of weeks, but it might be awhile before they are fully in.

I don't know how things work in Australia, but if there are wildlife rescue people there, it would be good to contact them and see if they want to take this bird to be checked by an avian vet.

If you have other birds, do not let this bird near them, in case it does have a disease. If possible, Find an Avian Vet to examine the bird.

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