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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-17-2016, 09:40 AM Thread Starter
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Question Tails are messed up?

I blame the pet store.

When we were at the pet store when we got Lemon, I was focused on this gorgeous budgie that looked like bud but was also white. My mom wanted a yellow bird, and I saw a green budgie with a yellow head. I also saw this chubby blue one. I was stuck between the green and white one. I finally got Lemon because I wanted to get my mom a yellow bird.

The last time we went, I saw a pure white one and I have never stared at a bird for so long

But what I didn't notice then was Lemon's tail condition. The woman who got him used this net (I really don't feel like it was a safe way because of how terrified he was but I've already gone over that topic somewhere else) that just looked like a fish net. No one else has ever done that there, so of course I'd have questions about it.

I don't remember when I realized it, but Lemon's tail was in terrible condition.

I took this a few days ago (I want to say weeks):

If you look at that brownish area, you can see this wire-like thing there. I think it may be what's left of a feather. I just say wire because that's what it felt like to me. Bud and Sam always chew on it and Lemon pulls on it specifically when he's preening (though there's nothing to preen???)

Sorry it got pixelated but lunapic is a terrible photo editor (the circle was huge on photobucket)

This is it now:

It has gotten better, obviously. (That yellow feather bothers me now)

But my question is: Could the other budgies have done that to his tail? It was absolutely terrible at first.

Bud is also having tail problems.

I think he did it though.

I just took this a few minutes ago:

This is really just bothering me because they look messy and stuff.

Could he be doing this himself? I just want to know because it didn't look like that a few weeks ago.
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Lots of things could have caused this, he could have been sitting perched in a certain spot and his tail rubs/bangs up against the bars of the cage or against a toy etc. He's young and messy feathers can happen like this, he will molt them out soon enough.

If you see they are still messed up after he's gone through a heavy molt then he needs to see a vet and the vet will check him for any problems that can cause this.

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I figured it could've been the other budgies or something.
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Like Mr Peepers said it could have been one of many factors. I would put it down to being pushed up against a toy or the bars with the tail between them. I've known birds mess up their tails easily like that. Was the cage small?

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It was about a medium-sized cage. It's just that there were so many in it that I figured maybe they had something to do with it. There was a ladder toy in the middle. He was on the floor sleeping when we got him.
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