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Question about Feathers

Hi there!
So I have a question for all of you..
My little Hermes' feathers are in pretty bad shape, and I really want to help them grow back in full and healthy.
Thing is, is that he seems to break them whenever they start to grow in. Most of his tail feathers are broken off and every time he gets a flight feather in he usually knocks it out.
His cage is 18"x18"x32" (so minimum for a 'tiel) and I want to get him a larger cage but right now we don't have the funds. I probably won't be able to afford a new cage for a month or two.
So do you guys have any suggestions on how I could prevent him from constantly breaking his feathers?! He's been clipped since we got him from the breeder and we're TRYing to let him flights grow in but he keeps knocking them out. When he's on your shoulder he'll try to fly and jump off and that's how he usually breaks his tail feathers.
Ugh, he looks like a rough and scruffy little guy and I feel bad.



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Dont feel bad... mine always breaking the feathers too and they are out of the cage all day lol


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It just makes him look unhealthy because he's so scraggly looking!



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Don't worry too much. Dexter and Pickles live in an Amazon sized cage and Dex still manages to mess his tail up

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Ahhh, ok. :P
He doesn't look that bad today, which is good. I just wish he had his pretty unbroken feathers like when we first got him, lol.



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it sounds like he never learned to fly before being clipped.

i have an exercise for you to do with him, i did this with dally as she never learned to fly when she was clipped and she often busted tail feathers.

pick a target for him to fly to. whether it be the bed, cage, your hand, etc. start with a flat surface, its easier to learn how to land properly at first. start just a hop away from the target. each time he masters that, take a step back and have him hop from farther away. keep doing this until he flaps. if he misses, go back to the step before and keep working on it. keep trying until he can successfully land on the target from across the room. once he learns how to land from far away and fly a straight line to the target, you can work on turning. move somewhere in the room so that he has to turn to get to the target. this will work on his control in flight. work on different levels, say from below the target so he has to fly up or from above so he has to fly down. work as many different ways and he will eventually be very controlled in flight. once he is comfortable landing on a flat surface you can try a perch, which he will learn better aim with that on a narrower object. its a good thing to teach birds who need to relearn how to fly or never learned and are growing flights back. it may take weeks or months, but its a good exercise and it will be great exercise for him. this can also be used for obese birds or birds who are clumsy in flight and always crash



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Thanks for the tips! I will have to try this with him. He currently only has 1 flight feather on each wing grown back in though so I'm not sure how good he'll be able to fly?
Should I be holding him and get him to try to fly to the object or have him fly to me? I think he'd rather choose to stay on my shoulder rather than try to get to anything, unless it had millet on it...



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its good to do it even when clipped as far as he can land. it will build up his flight muscles well so he can fly well



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That makes sense. I shall start doing that then!



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