Bird keeps breaking tailfeathers - Talk Cockatiels Forums


User Menu
Forum Home
Cockatiel Gallery
Members List
Today's Posts
Log In
Register now!
Search



Advanced Search
Forums
Sticky Library

Cockatiel Talk

Cockatiel Housing/Toys

Cockatiel Pictures

Cockatiel Videos

Cockatiel Health

Food & Nutrition

Training & Bonding

Cockatiel Breeding

Mutations & Genetics

Cockatiel Articles

Talk Network
Talk Budgies
Talk Cockatiels
Talk Parrotlets
Talk Parrots

Go Back   Talk Cockatiels Forums > Cockatiels > Your Cockatiels Health

Notices

Your Cockatiels Health Ask questions about your cockatiels health here.

Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 02-07-2012, 04:04 PM
Tiiah Tiiah is offline
Egg
 
Cockatiel Information
None
Profile
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 2
Tiiah is on a distinguished road
Default Bird keeps breaking tailfeathers

My cockatiel is sweet but very easily excited. He is so attached to certain people in our family that he happily jumps right off his cage to them - unfortunately his wings are clipped and no matter how many times he tries, the bird can't stop landing on his butt.

At first it was okay. It's normal for tails to break every so often and I'm okay at pulling them out, but every week we seem to get more and more incidents to the point where my bird now has no tail at all - I think I've pulled as many tail feathers as possible because it's so hard to see the break or where exactly he's bleeding.

I really just need some suggestions on how to handle this. I would like my bird to grow a tail, and more importantly, with his rear all bloody all the time I worry that he will catch some sort of infection. I've also noticed dark bumps at the base of some of his broken feathers. I suppose those are just blood clots but just wants to make sure it wasn't anything worse.
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2  
Old 02-07-2012, 04:07 PM
Dekey Dekey is offline
Fledging
 
Cockatiel Information
Number of Cockatiels: 2
Cockatiel Experience Level: Cockatiel Breeder
Profile
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Victoria , Australia
Posts: 484
Dekey is on a distinguished road
Default

Maybe you should let his flight feathers grow back ?
__________________

phoenix : eeeehh whats up doc?
rosie: im out of here.
  #3  
Old 02-07-2012, 04:08 PM
Tiiah Tiiah is offline
Egg
 
Cockatiel Information
None
Profile
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 2
Tiiah is on a distinguished road
Default

Yes I'm letting them grow back, but it's taking a while and till then he keeps high-diving from his cage.
  #4  
Old 02-07-2012, 07:19 PM
tielfan's Avatar
tielfan tielfan is offline
Super Tiel
 
Cockatiel Information
Number of Cockatiels: 13
Cockatiel Experience Level: Cockatiel Lover
Profile
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Arizona
Posts: 9,538
tielfan is on a distinguished road
Default

You need to stop pulling the tail feathers. It's painful for your bird and could eventually damage the feather follicles to the point that he can no longer grow feathers there. Let him have broken tail feathers until he molts them naturally, it won't look super attractive but there's no harm in it.

If you can't stop him from jumping off the cage, then keep him inside the cage until his tail feathers have grown out to the point that they are no longer blood feathers. If you take him out before that point, put him in a place where he can't fall for a long distance and break a blood feather.

After the blood feather stage has passed, any feathers that get broken should be left in place. Your birdie needs to let his rear end heal, and pulling feathers unnecessarily won't let that happen.
__________________

All my posts and all photos belonging to me are copyrighted by me. All rights reserved.

My website: http://www.littlefeatheredbuddies.com/

Last edited by tielfan; 02-07-2012 at 07:31 PM.
Closed Thread

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:24 PM.



Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.2
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright © 2007 - , 2403 Networks LLC, All rights reserved.