That sounds like a good idea to take out a lot of the things in the cage while they're molting.
My birds have had very hard molts this year. The guy at the feed store where i shop said it was probably due to the fact that we (here in Central Texas) didn't get much of a Spring or Fall. Just bam, bam. Winter to summer and summer to fall! Most tomatoes did not do well here either. Usually the plant sets a lot of fruit in the nice days and cool nights of spring. That's when you get a lot of tomatoes. Then in the heat of summer, the blossoms drop. Sometimes they set again in fall since we usually have two complete 165 day growing seasons. But not this year!
Anyway, sorry, I digress. My birds molts usually last from 3 to 4 weeks. When I first got birds, I would freak out thinking they looked like they were on their last leg! and about to die from some terrible illness!
The Molting and Conditioning food helps them not to have such hard molts, but not this year. Poor babies, they are SO miserable and get really mean at that time. I feel so sorry for them!
Gustafson, mine never got so bald around the cere and beak. Maybe it's mites. Does the area look inflamed? Supposedly it can look really bad but it's east to treat. I will try to think of who it was that said that. Scaley mites? I should look it up. When mine had mites when I first got them, I took them to the feed and seed store, they also sell pet birds, and asked if they'd de-mite them and they did for a couple dollars each. Now I get Ivermectin from my vet, and put a tiny drop in their drinking water if it looks like they're scratching . At this point I have to say that I have no idea how they get them, since they never go outside and I do not handle any other birdies! They do live right in front of a window, so maybe they blow in there. IDK!
Last edited by tweetymom; 12/12/09 07:35 AM.