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Lovebird Wings Aren't Growing?

Hey everyone,

Basically, to start things off, we got 3 new lovies from someone who was neglecting them. All 3 had clipped wings, although 2 black cheeked lovies had their wings growing back and they could somewhat fly. The other is a white-ish lovie (similar to a blue opaline) and her wing looks like it's just been hacked right through the middle. I've had her for 3 weeks now (trying to hand-tame cause she can't fly at all) and it doesn't look like it's growing back.

Every time she tries to fly she just drops, and it always sounds really heavy. I'm not really sure if I'm just overthinking or if there is actually a problem with her wing. I don't clip my other lovie, Zazu, so I'm not very experienced in this area.

Any advice? Cheers!

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Re: Lovebird Wings Aren't Growing?

Can you share a picture of the clipped feathers? Has she been tested for PBFD?


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Re: Lovebird Wings Aren't Growing?

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Can you share a picture of the clipped feathers? Has she been tested for PBFD?


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Of course, sheís not very fond of hands yet so this is probably the best few I can get without stressing her out.
Also no, she hasnít been tested for PBFD.
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Re: Lovebird Wings Aren't Growing?

Oh my word!!! They could have cut her bones! And they only cut one side! Ugh....
You bird is beautiful! Can take many months for them to molt and regrow feathers...
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Re: Lovebird Wings Aren't Growing?

Oh my word!! What a chop job! And only one wing??? She must be crashing into EVERYTHING!

Thanks for the pics, what a cutie! I had wondered if the flights had fallen out due to PBFD but nope, thatís clearly a butcher job. Horrible, but better than PBFD.

You may be able to encourage a molt. What part of the world are you in (and therefore what is the weather like) and what is her diet?


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Oh my word!!! They could have cut her bones! And they only cut one side! Ugh....
You bird is beautiful! Can take many months for them to molt and regrow feathers...
That's what I thought when I got her! They really did hack her wing
So it should grow back in a few months? I was going to take her to an avian vet to have her checked up on, do you think it's necessary?
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Oh my word!! What a chop job! And only one wing??? She must be crashing into EVERYTHING!

Thanks for the pics, what a cutie! I had wondered if the flights had fallen out due to PBFD but nope, thatís clearly a butcher job. Horrible, but better than PBFD.

You may be able to encourage a molt. What part of the world are you in (and therefore what is the weather like) and what is her diet?


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She absolutely is, it sounds like she's being catapulted. I'm in Australia, the weather here currently is terrible (one way to put it; most of our country is on fire. VERY hot and dry). She eats a mixed range of veggies, fruit, and seed.
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Re: Lovebird Wings Aren't Growing?

Ok so it sounds like her diet is good, but to encourage a molt I would suggest going to all fresh; veggies, sprouts, leafy greens and a FEW fruits. All fresh, not frozen, canned, etc. Then emphasize sunlight. Unfiltered if possible, so NOT through glass. Sounds like early morning is going to be your best bet due to the heat. Get her an hour of direct sunlight a day (be sure she can access shade if needed). Ideally, bathe/shower her in the sun daily; a complete soaking!


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Thank you! Not a problem! I truly appreciate all the help
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