He was playing up and refusing to go back in his cage. I had to go out, so I tried to pick him up, as I have done countless times before.

This time, he managed to slip through my fingers and jump from the top of the cage at the moment my hand closed around him. Somehow I managed to get a grip on his tail as he took flight, leaving me holding five long, bloody tail feathers (including the two big, main ones)... Emotion: sad

After his initial squeak of pain, he sat on the floor and wiggled his butt for a couple of minutes with a violated expression on his face, but seemed fine after that. There didn't appear to be any more bleeding and he seemed happy enough when I put him back in his cage.

Will the feathers grow back after being pulled out at the roots? Will he still be able to fly without them?
I feel really bad about this and I hope that he won't hold it against me.
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Phil,
I'm pretty sure they will grow back...they should. They grow back after the bird has pulled them out-you just did by accident. I don't think there is any need to worry since he isn't bleeding. That is a good sign.
I have experience the same thing-accidently pulling a tail feather or two out while trying to "catch" a bird.
As far as flying, I'm not sure he will fly the same until the feathers come back.
I'm sure he will forget and forgive you for this. You really seem concerned. Try to treat him special for a while.
Good luck and don't worry.
BLL
He was playing up and refusing to go back in his cage. I had to go out, so I tried ... to fly without them? I feel really bad about this and I hope that he won't hold it against me.

Should take about six weeks to grow back it's tail.
He was playing up and refusing to go back in ... and I hope that he won't hold it against me.

Should take about six weeks to grow back it's tail.

And I wouldn't expect him to fly the same without the tailfeathers to balance him out.
Jill
He was playing up and refusing to go back in his cage. I had to go out, so I tried ... to fly without them? I feel really bad about this and I hope that he won't hold it against me.

He will be fine, this happens now and then. You should ALWAYS have some quickstop around for things just like this though. My Macaw managed to break a Tail feather once far up to where it bled. The Vet just Pulled it to make sure it would not become a problem. They still grow back. He should still be able to fly, but he will have some control problems, but he should soon learn to deal with it till the new feathers come back.
If at first you don't succeed blame someone else and seek counseling.
This is how the male cockatiel,
Volkswagen, got his name. He was
a wee one, still being hand fed, walking around on the floor, and I stepped on his tail and he flew and the rest is history. No bleeding, and the feather grew back in a few
weeks. I miss cockatiel babies!
He was playing up and refusing to go back in his cage. I had to go out, so I tried ... to fly without them? I feel really bad about this and I hope that he won't hold it against me.

Yeah, birds lose feathers, they grow back. It's been going on for millions of years. Not exactly rocket science.
ZQ
This is how the male cockatiel, Volkswagen, got his name. He was a wee one, still being hand fed, walking ... and the rest is history. No bleeding, and the feather grew back in a few weeks. I miss cockatiel babies!

of course. Whenever I step on a birds tail and it takes off, I naturally have the name "volkswagen" enter my mind because of the similarities. ??
ZQ
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