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I have two tiels. The first one I got a month ago. She didn't know how to fly but has figured out how to glide and is doing great getting around the flight cage. My second tiel I got a week ago. He was having a terrible time with getting around the cage and attempting to fly around the house. I try to keep him from trying to fly but every once and a while he gives it a go and catches me off guard. The problem is in his attempts to get around his cage and fly on his own he has broken off a lot of his tail feathers. My questions are: 1. can he learn to fly/glide with broken tail feathers? 2. how long do they take to come back? 3. how do I keep him from not doing this all over again once they grow back. I feel horrible about this and don't know what to do. In addition, his wings are clipped and his cage before I got him was a big fish tank so he never learned how to climb and was very clumsy. He is getting the hang of it but shoot his tail is a mess.
 

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It's pretty common for this to happen to young tiels. The basic answer is that the feathers will need to molt out and then grow back in. That could take a few weeks to a few months. Try to keep him calm when you can, but I wouldn't try to prevent him from flying, because he needs to learn how. In the meantime, he'll be a duck butt for a bit, but it won't hurt him. :)
 

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Milo is a complete duck butt...yep, every one of his tail feathers is gone. I can't wait for the wing feathers to grow out too- but that was the breeder who did that. Poor baby is grounded- but he gets around his cage like a charm.
I wouldn't worry, sooner or later, they will grow back.
 

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Yes, it happens quite often to young tiels. My boy broke his tail feathers all the time when he was young. Nothing to worry about.
 
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