I'm worried about Flicker, a very young and inexperienced male budgie, who on his third time of flying free through a large room acted confused and banged into walls frequently. It appeared he couldn't or didn't like to go back into the cage where his buddy George kept calling him. Afraid to leave him unattended over night, my husband and I attempted to catch him. I finally got my hand around him, held him fairly loosely so as to avoid any injury. Instead of the squirly attempt to get away accompanied by biting, he slipped out immediately, leaving all his tail feathers behind, and I mean all of them! He continued to fly around, because he was distraught I couldn't tell wether he could keep his balances still. Hubby says they will grow back. I've experienced that with a single feather, but am concerned about his recovery from loosing his tail entirely. Has anyone experienced a similar tragedy? What happened? Anything I can do to help?
Thanks for your time and thoughts!