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Question on Moulting

I have a 2 1/2 year old Peach Front Conure. It is now close to 3 months since she finished her moult, but the top of her head still has about 30 sheathed feathers that do not go away. I've had birds for many years but have never seen this persistence. Background: No other birds around, large cage, spends hours each day with me and/or on her playset/cagetop. Feed Zupreme fruity pellets with fresh kale, about 2 treat nuts pistachio, or a strand of spagetti or white rice each day. Always fresh water, and she showers with me just about every day! Anyone have thoughts? Thanks, Greg
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Will she let you preen the pinnies?
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Definiatly try to preen those for her!!


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If she will let you, gently roll the pins in your fingers. If they are ready they should crumble. If the casing is hard a light misting or take her into a steamy room for awhile, this may help.
I could ask about diet, as I feel diet and health can have some affect on the way a bird molts. but this I would of thought effects the amount the bird molts at any one time. Not stop the casing hard to remove.
Step up calcium, this can be as simple as sprinkle very fine ground Cuttle bone or egg shells over her food. OM3 foods. Fresh picked Chard, Silverbeet, Fennal seeds. There are a lot of other foods that could help.
And direct sunlight if possible.


The top of the head is fairly hard place for some of them to scratch. I guess that is why they love scritches.


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I've had some birds who have had pinnies on their heads ages after they have finished! Try and get them if you can though, the relief will be rewarding haha

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When Maxx is going through a molt I give him a daily bath. It seems to loosen them up and makes it easier for him to get rid of the pinnies.



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Thanks for everyone's responses! While I can kiss her beak to lip, there is no finger touching- fingers are only for delivering treats and as a perch! I will continue to try and get her head wet in the shower regularly, but she doesn't really like that either. Apparently I'm the only one of us bothered by the head "curlers", maybe I could get her to wear a scarf!! Thanks again! Greg
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Bob my IRN just rubs his head against the bars to get rid of his pinnies.
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Maybe I should rub MY head against the bars and show her how! LOL
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I have heard of rubbing pinnies with a tooth brush for a bird that will not allow finger scritches... Any chance she will let you touch her with a toothbrush?
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ParroletsRock, thats a great idea. what i do for kiwi sence he is alone in a cage, i stick a tooth brush inbetween the bars in his cage and he rubs his head on it like there is no tomorrow.

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