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Is going bald normal.. #391407 12/11/09 10:36 PM
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when parakeets molt? Around her beak is starting to get quite featherless.

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How old is your bird? I know that they go through a "baby" molt. I believe molting is when birds almost shed their feathers and grow new ones. I am not that knowledgeable in this topic.


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molting is when every feather is replaced with new ones..i recommend misting and there is a product for misting during this time but i never used it just fed moulting food and made sure they got a good source of A & D vitamins as thats a prime source of replacement ..also misted mine a lot..they can get rather hobo looking giggle sometimes..and this is where they also love you to help with preening simply by gently rubbing /scratching their head and neck..some will also be brave enough to let you do that just under their wings a bit..altho it doesnt seem like each and every feather is replaced it is..most important thing is this...

And this is ONLY my recommendations to avoid the dreaded blood feather accident..ill remove much of the things in the cage so anything they crash into etc doesnt break one of those new feathers.,.,i use to also limit time out for same reason..moulting doesnt take that long from start to finish and if you dont like the thought of a broken blood feather i recommend this..i know it sure makes me squeemish especially after the first time i had to pull out a bleeding feather with some needle nose pliers..but thats the way to make sure it stops and doesnt reopen. Sort of like pulling a kids tooth or a tick..you get a good grip right at the base and a quick sharp yank..man o man i remember that and my hands were shaking like crazy but i just thought of the alternative and bingo in a snap of the eye i did it..and omg did i felt proud after..

Arent you all glad we dont moult...errrrrm we do actually just not the same way...

Re: Is going bald normal.. [Re: illusive Fantasy] #391423 12/12/09 02:10 AM
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You know what .. just something to think about like i am at the moment for when my lil guy comes to moult is picking up a full spectrum light like the use for plants ..just a small one and it wouldnt need be on all day but thats a good way for that A & D vitiamin intake..they arent that expensive either from what i hear...and when i dont use it for my little guy i can later use for my plants during the winter..so it will sure pay for itself.

Re: Is going bald normal.. [Re: illusive Fantasy] #391427 12/12/09 07:23 AM
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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!

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Re: Is going bald normal.. [Re: tweetymom] #391428 12/12/09 07:39 AM
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try a full spectrum light tweety and mist them a lot. we had the same type of summer with our growing tomatoes. Id set up the light several feet away but not beyond the range of the lights effectiveness and id leave it on maybe six hours. With maybe breaking that to like three n three.

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I will try that as soon as I can get some lights.

So this would be to help them not have such long and miserable molts? I know these lights are beneficial, but I don't know much else about them.


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Re: Is going bald normal.. [Re: tweetymom] #391432 12/12/09 08:38 AM
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these light are the closest thing to natural sunlight for inside..used in hospitals..business offices..to say nothing of garden nurseries etc., even fish tank hood lights ..in fact if not mistaken with exception to hospitals i think it was the fish world to really kick it off first on their popularity

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grrr hit submit by accident and wasnt done yet..they provide vital vitamins needed for health and growth and healing


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