Is My Bird Injured Or Not?
I have a cockatiel that is almost a year and eight months old. I’ve had him for a little less than that and whenever he moult I can always tell even though sometimes I worry he’s plucking, which I’ll get into in a second. Recently I came back from a four day trip (during which my friend had been feeding and checking up on him), and his right wing is suddenly missing all his primary feathers. I can see them all over the bottom of his cage. What’s weird is I don’t think he’s moulting and his left wing is completely normal. This is making it hard for him to fly and I he won’t let me check to see if they’ve started growing back or not. I have no idea when he lost them, how or why and I don’t know if I should be worried (even though I already am). My parents are against taking him to the vet. I’m also a bit worried that he may not be plucking but over preening as when I bathe him there is a tiny little patch in the crook of his wing where feathers have gone thin. Will he be okay? Please let me know what to do or if this is normal or anything, I just want a few answers.