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Broken tail feathers and under weight

Hi i have an Indian Ringneck roughly aged 6 month, we have had him since he was around 7 weeks old and over the past couple of month his tail feathers have been breaking and now have all broken off. Since he had his wings clipped this seems to have happened, not sure if that has anything to do with it. I've never seen him biting his tail so i dont think he is breaking them himself, and his cage is more than big enough which he is rarely in.
I dont think it is mites because i keep him clean and use mite spray and i have 11 other birds who are all looking good.
I have a feeling it has something to do with nutrition, i try to feed him a variety of different foods but he is very fussy and allways tries getting the cockatiels seed if i dont put any of his seed mix out for him. I can feel he is underweight and i've tried to feed him more seed to try fatten him up but he only eats the sunflower seeds.
I am starting to get a little concerned now, any advice would be appreciated.
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there is no avian vet in my area and do not drive so i would struggle massively getting to an avian vet and to be honest i do not trust normal vets with my birds due to past experiences.
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There are several ring neck owners on this site. This might be something specific to ringnecks, but I don't know anything about them. I hope you get some helpful information, though.


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Don't know anything either, but are his tail feathers rubbing on the bars?


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Is he clumsy? Does he fall alot?

My 7 month old cockatiel has no tail feathers because being young and clumsy and with clipped wings he falls alot or jumps off things and breaks his tail feathers. Just thought Id throw that out there.



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Hi Sarah, he is quite clumsy, wobbles about alot when he walks, he is getting much better though, and he does crash land alot, mainly onto the cockatiels cage.
I hope thats all it is.
Any ideas on the weight situation?
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I bet the crash landings is it. Don't know on weight though!


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My birds break their tail feathers all the time, including my Harris' hawk. I wouldn't worry so much about that. Have you actually weighed him? If you know the weight he is meant to be then I'm sure you'll be able to figure out if he is too underweight etc. If he appears to be getting thinner then perhaps he's just changing a little due to his age

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i haven't weighed him he just feels a bit bony around his breast area, he allways has so i dont think he has lost weight, just not putting much on i guess.
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Hmmm some of my birds feel thin but once I've weighed them I've realised they're not

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