Tail Feather Loss

Fanciers will see that I have raised a topic which affects us all, namely the loss of tail feathers in an outstanding bird – see “Tails You Lose! – Part 1 of 2″.

Dr Robert Marshall has responded in “Tails You Lose! – Part 2 of 2″.

So if you have experienced this and have some reaction, do please add a comment at the end of the article(s).

Naturally it is a problem that should be able to be cracked – somebody may even have found a cure to clean up the feather follicle to allow new growth to re-appear. If so, please do contribute.

Leave it to me to follow up any sound suggestions and I will take it from there.


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About the Author: Gerald Binks began breeding budgerigars when he was 12 years old and is now arguably the most knowledgeable budgerigar fancier in the world. He has bred his fair share of Best in Show birds, judged in no less than 20 countries, founded the World Budgerigar Association, and has published two of the three classic books on the hobby. His stud in the UK attracts fanciers from near and far and is always high on the list for those wishing to purchase BA23 quality budgerigars.

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  1. David Taylor says:

    Hi Gerald,

    I have just started with budgerigars and got my stock from a champion.

    On reading your website, I have now realised that I have got a lot of birds without tails!

    I didn’t know that this was a problem.

    Can you tell me if I should breed with them or not?

    Will they have the same young?

    David Taylor

  2. David,

    The answer is that it is not a fixed problem.

    It is borderline French Moult often associated with a long feathered bird(s) and the tail needs perfect nutrition to supply that to the growing feathers.

    Anything short of that and the tail is the first item to be affected in an otherwise normal bird.

    There is no proof at all that it can pass to other birds – so carry on and watch your nutritional input.


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