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Hi all!! I'm new here and a new budgie owner. This is my first time keeping birds but I'm very excited and love my budgie dearly already. She's still young, born at the end of 2016 I believe (about 3 months old). Anyway I was in the process of taming her when she flew around the room. I managed to catch her gently but she struggled and many feathers fell off her back. You can see her skin just on her back where the wings meet when folded. She seems otherwise fine (and there was no bleeding) and this happened a week or so ago. I was just worried if there was anything that could happen to her while her skin is exposed. She will grow these feathers back, right? I'm making sure to keep the room warm for her since I don't want her to get cold. Any help is really appreciated!!

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It isn't normal for a budgie to lose that many feathers at one time to the point the skin is exposed.
Did you use a soft towel when you caught her?
Could you please post a picture of her back where the feathers are missing?

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It isn't normal for a budgie to lose that many feathers at one time to the point the skin is exposed.
Did you use a soft towel when you caught her?
Could you please post a picture of her back where the feathers are missing?
Thank you! I've attached two photos - one is where I have gently moved her feathers to show the extent of the loss. The other photo is how she looks normally when she's perched - and you can't see it much at all. I was not using a towel when I caught her (lesson learned!!). It does appear she has a small feather in the bare skin but I'm not sure if that's a new feather or an old one that just didn't get damaged.
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Under normal circumstances, when properly holding a budgie and using a safe grip, it's not normal for the budgie to lose so many body feathers in the process and this is even when the budgie is being squirmish and tries to break free.
When budgies feel threatened they can fully release their tail feathers, but this wouldn't affect the body feathers on the rump area and above it like is the case with your budgie.

Despite the loss of feathers in that specific area, your budgie should be fine and will not suffer from being cold.
In 2 - 3 weeks time you should see signs of feather growth in the area.
If you don't notice any growth and she starts to lose more feathers, then booking her an appointment at the avian vet specialist for a full examination would be the best course of action.

It would also be best to refrain from holding your budgie and to reinforce the finger taming while inside the cage so that the next time you allow your budgie out of cage time you will be able to take her back inside the cage by offering your finger or perch.
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Thanks for posting the pictures.

I see aluz has already given you excellent answers with regard to your concerns.

If you did not have your budgie examined by an Avian Vet when you got her, I would recommend you do so.

Avian Vets have special training to determine the cause of symptoms resulting from illness or trauma.
This is important as "regular" vets will often overlook symptoms that are quickly obvious to an Avian Vet.
When you rely on anyone who has not had training in Avian diagnosis and care, you may be delaying effective treatment.
This can prolong suffering that may be avoidable.
The bird will often require a more intense, prolonged treatment with a poorer chance of full recovery than it would have if you seek prompt professional diagnosis and treatment at the first sign of illness.

Distinction between an Avian Vet and a Vet that "Will See Birds"

Having your new budgie examined by an Avian Vet allows you to develop a good relationship with the vet in case your bird needs care for an injury or illness in the future. Additionally, it is always helpful for the vet to have a baseline for your bird to refer to should it need future treatment.

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Hi there and to the forums!

It's great to have you with us, and you couldn't have come to a better place to learn even more about the best of budgie care!

You've been given great advice to help your budgie, I agree that you should start to see feathers in a few weeks grow back

Be sure to read through the links provided above to ensure you're up to date on the very best of budgie care practices!

If you have any questions afterwards, please be sure to ask as we'd love to help.

Please keep us posted on her condition, I hope that she is able to regrow her feathers back with no problem!

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Thank you everyone for being so friendly and helpful! I hope she recovers her lost feathers fully may I just ask what the signs of feather growth are (aside from seeing actual feathers, lol)?

Also I had a look at the closest avian vet to me and they are a 40 minute drive away that sounds quite stressful but maybe once she's more settled here it will be ok to take her. I may call around local vets and see if they have any avian specialists
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The best way to get an idea of what normal feather growth looks like would be to take a look through some of the breeding journals at the pictures of the baby chicks just beginning to feather.
Doing so will provide you with the visual clues you are looking for.
http://talkbudgies.com/274-breeding-journals/

A 40 minute car ride shouldn't be stressful for your little girl.
What is her name, by the way?

You can cover her travel cage with a towel, ensure there are no drafts from the windows or heat/ac in the car, buckle the cage into the seat with the safety belt and off you go!
I made multiple trips of 7 1/2 hours one way when I picked up by budgies from the breeder and they did just fine.

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The best way to get an idea of what normal feather growth looks like would be to take a look through some of the breeding journals at the pictures of the baby chicks just beginning to feather.
Doing so will provide you with the visual clues you are looking for.
http://talkbudgies.com/274-breeding-journals/

A 40 minute car ride shouldn't be stressful for your little girl.
What is her name, by the way?

You can cover her travel cage with a towel, ensure there are no drafts from the windows or heat/ac in the car, buckle the cage into the seat with the safety belt and off you go!
I made multiple trips of 7 1/2 hours one way when I picked up by budgies from the breeder and they did just fine.

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Aww, finally an excuse to look at lots of pictures of cute baby budgies

Her name is Cadence, usually just call her Cady though I did take a closer look at her bald spot today and it appears that the "follicles" (not sure what they're called" are slightly raised, as if there are feathers underneath that will come through soon. the incident was over a week/week and a half ago so hopefully this is a good sign.

Thanks for all the help and useful links! Doesn't sound too difficult to drive her so I'll try book an appointment as soon as I can!
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