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    Unhappy Pulled out tailfeathers!

    This evening, while trying to restrain Jamie from heading for the opening front door, he got out of my hand. I held on, and accidentally pulled out a whole lot of tailfeathers, maybe seven or eight large ones, plus some smaller ones. It seemed upsetting for him, and he sat on my husband's shoulder during dinner, washing himself endlessly. Later, in his cage, he had some sort of night fright, either that or he fell from his perch.

    Is this a dangerous thing to happen, the feather thing? I love him very much and can't stop worrying about him, since I'm always ultra gentle and careful with him. Have I hurt him?

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    Re: Pulled out tailfeathers!

    Aw, Jicour, you must be feeling really bad about this. I don't know about the effects on the bird, but many birds have traumas like this in the wild and get over it, they grow new feathers.
    Most of all, it was an accident, don't beat yourself up about it. Maybe just change the way you prepare for the door being opened.

    Hope you both feel better soon
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    Re: Pulled out tailfeathers!

    The birds use their tails, in part, to balance themselves. When the feathers are suddenly not there, they have to adapt to a new way of balancing. That's what probably caused him to have a night fright.

    Tail feathers are meant to pull out easily when birds are trying to escape from a predator. That's in a sense what happened to your baby. But don't beat yourself up! They're probably already starting to grow back!

    For whatever it's worth, breeders will sometimes pull all the tailfeathers of babies because they beat up their feathers by landing on them all the time. When the breeder puts the babies on the "market," they'll then have new, undamaged feathers. I know I know. It sounds awful, but it's done.

    Not to worry. You haven't done anything wrong.

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    Re: Pulled out tailfeathers!

    Quote Originally Posted by birdlady1 View Post
    Tail feathers are meant to pull out easily when birds are trying to escape from a predator.
    I was going to mention this too! I've also accidentally pulled out one of my budgies tails before, i felt horrible but the budgie got over it pretty quick. I'm sure your tiel will too.

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    Smile Re: Pulled out tailfeathers!

    Quote Originally Posted by Belinda View Post
    I was going to mention this too! I've also accidentally pulled out one of my budgies tails before, i felt horrible but the budgie got over it pretty quick. I'm sure your tiel will too.
    Jamie seems to be getting over it now. He's ornery again and wants to get into everything. Thanks to all who responded. It certainly put my mind at ease.

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    Re: Pulled out tailfeathers!

    my diesel keeps pulling his out i dont know why!
    they will grow back but then he pulls them out again and it looks real pink where hes plucked them from and hes always plucking around that area even when hes got no feathers there.....anyone know why?

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