When Charlie came to live with me he had one tail feather. At one point it fell out and a new one grew back. Recently he started growing another one in addition to the single tail feather, but now the new feather is no longer there... eek It was only poking out a couple of inches, but now it's been chewed off!! This can't be good. eek What would cause a 2 to leave just one feather? Is this going to make him more prone to plucking?

I wonder if he started chewing his feathers when he was left alone that few weeks just before he came to my house and now he can't leave them alone? He doesn't damage his other feathers, he seems to take great pride in them.

I'm so bummed for Charlie. I don't know why I didn't ask the original owner about his tail feather deficiency.

Any ideas?