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Cockatiel’s feather is bent, should I pluck it?

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Hi everyone!:greet14:
My cockatiel is molting for the first time and I’ve noticed his feather is totally bent. It’s been like this since this morning and I thought it would fall off by now but it hasn’t.:chin: It looks like it’s hanging on by a thread… should I pluck it?:shrug:
I’ve read online sometimes feathers can be stubborn during a molt and it’s best to pluck it, especially if there’s blood. I don’t see any blood spots anywhere and his behavior seems to be normal. He’s not protective over the feather or making any noise indicating pain.
 

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Rebel

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No you shouldn’t pluck it. Mine have had ones like that and they fixed it on their own. Its most likely not bent, just upside down.
 

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No you shouldn’t pluck it. Mine have had ones like that and they fixed it on their own. Its most likely not bent, just upside down.
Ohh okay I see. Thank you!
 

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Ohh okay I see. Thank you!
After looking closer i see what you mean about a thread. It looks broken. If its truly a tiny thread, i dont see why you couldnt snip the thread with scissors if its bothering you. Otherwise the bird will take care of it on its own.
 

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After looking closer i see what you mean about a thread. It looks broken. If its truly a tiny thread, i dont see why you couldnt snip the thread with scissors if its bothering you. Otherwise the bird will take care of it on its own.
Ahh okay that makes sense. I will keep the feather as is. If he appears to be bothered by it, I will cut it. Thank you for the suggestion!:)
 

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You can give her a soaking bath, sometimes that solves feather issues.
 

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No to plucking.
Only snip it off if it’s hanging and catching on things otherwise leave the feather and your bird will sort it out.
 
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