Side Feather

serena1487

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I'm sorry for asking another question again, but I'm new to all of this so pls bear with me. So lately, the longest side feather of my alexandrine has been falling off. First on the left side and now on the right. It wouldn't completely fall off but it's really loose so he broke it off himself for the first time. (It also annoys him that he steps over his own feather and trip while he's dancing.) For now the other long one on the right side is loose and he did tried to pluck it, but it's not successful and sticking up so it doesn't really bother him I guess so he left it like this. (See pic below) However, I'm worried that he won't be able to fly again. I tried to test whether he can, but he's reluctant to get out of the cage lately, so I left him as it is. Is he suffering from some kind of disease or poor maintenance or is it normal? I tried to take a pic of what's left of his feathers on the other side, but he wouldn't turn since he's getting sleepy so this is all I got.

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DizzyBlue

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You can ask as many questions as you want there are no limitations on learning :)
Welcome to watching the first proper moulting session.
Parrots don't loose the ability to fly when moulting.
They loose one feather and within a few days they loose the exact same feather on the other side. and then they grow back in and then the next two drop out, first one then the other exact same one from the opposite side. And so it goes on until all the flight feathers are replaced,
If a bird badly damaged or lost a couple of feathers from an accident then it just grows back what are missing and as its not moulting time the feathers on the other side would not be dropped and replaced.
Your bird will sort out that feather and I dare say in the next 24 / 48 hours you will find it on the floor :)
 

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By the way sometimes birds can get cranky when moulting so don't be tempted to help that feather drop out you won't be thanked for it.
When its ready and loose it'll drop and the new one will be coming through from the same feather follicle that that one is being shed from ..... hmmm think about teeth baby teeth pushed out by adult teeth ... but with feathers obviously its a thing that happens a whole heap more regularly.
Some years you get what people term as a full moult or a bad moult which is where all the flipping feathers get replaced not just wings and tails but body feathers get shed (not in patched but from here there and every where) looks like a flipping snow storm going on :risas3: now people get really worried when they see that for the first time.
When you touch your bird be mindful that new feathers pinning through can be sore and also don't be crackling the feather sheath off before its ready as the feather is forming inside it. The outer sheath has a blood supply and when the feather is fully formed inside then the blood vessels supplying it dry up and the sheath cracks and flakes off leaving little iddy biddy bits of what looks like white flakes.
The only time you need to yell for help (and we will help i promise) is if you or your bird damages what is called a blood feather. That;s the pins forming (feathers inside the sheath) and don't panic too much when that happens as a little blood on a feather has a nasty habit of spreading along the feathers and looking like your bird has lost pints :yikes: when in fact its not a heap load it just spreads a lot
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JackAndRob

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The first (and maybe the second) full set of juvenile/adult feathers that a bird has can often look a bit tatty because young birds have to learn how to care for them. It's part of the growing up process, perfectly normal and nothing to worry about.

Jardine Jessie sometimes gets feathers pointing in odd directions. It is sometimes because it is not laying correctly with the others around it - probably because she is a rough and tumble little monster! She'll preen and sort them out. When a feather is ready to come out, she deals with it. Birds know best when it comes to feather maintenance :)

Our budgies produce a snow storm of feathers when they moult, often at the same time. Their heads can look quite bare. It is the easiest parts of their bodies to see the pin feathers coming through - they look like little white spikes. The sheaths soon come off to reveal the pristine new feathers.
 

DizzyBlue

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Yes these things can happen
Sounds like the feather shaft is bent unusual to be this long for it to be still hanging in there. Would have thought out of cage time flying would have been promoting your bird to pull it or preen it back in to position
if it's driving you to distraction then you can pop to the vet and ask for it to be pulled out but personally I would just leave it a only because I am not sure your bird would see it the same way as me a bit of a shock to have a stranger grab you and yank it even though an expert can do it in a brief second but I suppose if you combine it with a a general health check up perhaps
 

serena1487

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Yes these things can happen
Sounds like the feather shaft is bent unusual to be this long for it to be still hanging in there. Would have thought out of cage time flying would have been promoting your bird to pull it or preen it back in to position
if it's driving you to distraction then you can pop to the vet and ask for it to be pulled out but personally I would just leave it a only because I am not sure your bird would see it the same way as me a bit of a shock to have a stranger grab you and yank it even though an expert can do it in a brief second but I suppose if you combine it with a a general health check up perhaps
Ah I see. He would try to bite it sometimes, but it doesn't fully come out. He doesn't really seem to mind it as long as it doesn't bother him. Since it's loose, it sticks out in many directions and when it sticks down, he would step on it. At these times, he would take some time to try to bit it off. Except for that, he doesn't really care about it so I'll just leave it as it is.
 

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Sounds like he's learning to try and do something about it himself
My Alfie he gets weirdo sticky out feathers at times and he wedges them against something and tries to yank them that way. He does manage it in the end and I do end up giggling at times I shouldn't when he makes a growling noise at the offending feather :halo:
 

serena1487

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Sounds like he's learning to try and do something about it himself
My Alfie he gets weirdo sticky out feathers at times and he wedges them against something and tries to yank them that way. He does manage it in the end and I do end up giggling at times I shouldn't when he makes a growling noise at the offending feather :halo:
Yes, it's quite funny to watch him get angry over his own feather :D
 

Roz

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Looks like it might be broken? In the past I've cut off the feather at the break to stop it worrying the bird. It needs to be done carefully though, if the bird isn't tame, then probably best to leave it.
 

serena1487

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Looks like it might be broken? In the past I've cut off the feather at the break to stop it worrying the bird. It needs to be done carefully though, if the bird isn't tame, then probably best to leave it.
Yes, I think he bit it off.
 
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