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Question SPX has been moulting a long time.

I took the boy to see the avian this afternoon as I was a little worried about this latest moult. He's behaving normally, mouthy flying calling loudly when I walk in the door each afternoon.

The thing is he started moulting the last week of August and he still has spikes on his head and face today this is 2 months and going on 2 weeks long, I don't know about you but it seems like a really long time for a moulting bird.

Anyone else have birds that have been in moult going on 3 months?

The avian didn't think anything was wrong with the budgie but suggested to amp up the fresh food diet and see if some extra greens will help move this spike fest along.

SPX tore a chunk of flesh out of the avians hand today so he's had his protein fix for the day.





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When I got my linnies I had the same problems after a short time.
I researched to find the reason. And in the end the problem was that my living room is too dark.
I bought a compact bird lamp, and the permanent molt stopped after one week.
Does SPX have a bird lamp?
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When I got my linnies I had the same problems after a short time.
I researched to find the reason. And in the end the problem was that my living room is too dark.
I bought a compact bird lamp, and the permanent molt stopped after one week.
Does SPX have a bird lamp?

Yes, SPX has a full spectrum light to give him that extra light he needs since he doesn't get outside in the real sunshine.

I don't know why this moult has been so hard on him this time, he still looks like a pin cushion.





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So its been over a week and I've been adding bee pollen to SPX's mash and giving him more broccoli to chew. He's been really singing loudly for the last few days even though I still see spikes on his head.

Last night he ACK ACK ACK'd me and really gave me the "wat for" when I cranked up a song.

I am glad to see he is getting out of his miserable moult and starting to be his old angry bird with a big mouth self.





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I am in the same boat with all my birds, actually! The worst is my Linnies their heads are covered in Pin Feathers...

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I am in the same boat with all my birds, actually! The worst is my Linnies their heads are covered in Pin Feathers...

Poor linnies, do you find they are more quiet and not as active when they are moulting?





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Ours always are, but Comet also gets really crabby and bitey.

Our Budgie is going through a really long moult this time, every day there are feathers on the bottom of the cage and I was worried she was plucking, but finally it stopped and now pins, pins, pins! But it's been going on for weeks and they get natural sunshine every day -that is when the sun is shining, We have had a lot of cloudy days the last few weeks.

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Ours always are, but Comet also gets really crabby and bitey.

Our Budgie is going through a really long moult this time, every day there are feathers on the bottom of the cage and I was worried she was plucking, but finally it stopped and now pins, pins, pins! But it's been going on for weeks and they get natural sunshine every day -that is when the sun is shining, We have had a lot of cloudy days the last few weeks.

Crabby and bitey wouldn't be fun especially if they are quiet and less active. I envy you and natural sunshine.... tell me its warm where you are so I can cry.





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Crabby and bitey wouldn't be fun especially if they are quiet and less active. I envy you and natural sunshine.... tell me its warm where you are so I can cry.
LOL - oh, it's warm where I am, which is in the house with the heat on! It was 16 degrees F here yesterday morning, and better today at 29 degrees F!
Ha ha no crying for you!

It's supposed to rain Thursday, so guess who's cackling and bitey again - and he's not moulting so he runs full out and bites a finger while I'm typing - Sheesh!

I even made them a couple of new toys yesterday - no appreciation LOL! But I still love him

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LOL - oh, it's warm where I am, which is in the house with the heat on! It was 16 degrees F here yesterday morning, and better today at 29 degrees F!
Ha ha no crying for you!

It's supposed to rain Thursday, so guess who's cackling and bitey again - and he's not moulting so he runs full out and bites a finger while I'm typing - Sheesh!

I even made them a couple of new toys yesterday - no appreciation LOL! But I still love him

I hear you, we do all and everything for our fidlets and they give us the stink eye. Still gotta love em though.





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Poor linnies, do you find they are more quiet and not as active when they are moulting?
No they are still as active and chatty actually... Belle I think today was trying to say "hi" it was gurgled and soft but I think that she was... It's also what I choose to believe.

Not going to lie though all my birds are looking ratty... Tico is a floofy mess and Zoey is still desperately trying to grow in those tail feathers, they look ratty and terrible but she is growing them which I am proud of.

I know most of this has been my fault though and I feel Like the worst bird mommy ever. I ran out of the birdy mash, I make a while back and haven't had the time to make more so they haven't had fresh fruit or anything in while. I feel terrible!!! I just haven't really purchased any fresh fruit or veggies in a while as I have been so busy with school that I haven't had anything in house to quickly make. I am almost done my semester though I have a week and a half left so the first thing I am doing is a big cage cleaning moving all toys out and replacing with all new ones and moving birds into different cages. Fresh veggies, fruit and everything in moderation of course.

Lately I have just been exchanging a toy once a week and just changing the paper at the bottom and wiping the grate down. I haven't had time to give anything a good scrub.


See utterly terrible .. and I know this is the reason mostly for my bad feather health. Normally I give supplements and everything I haven't done that either. just a spray shower when I can and always fresh seed and Harrison's.


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No they are still as active and chatty actually... Belle I think today was trying to say "hi" it was gurgled and soft but I think that she was... It's also what I choose to believe.

Not going to lie though all my birds are looking ratty... Tico is a floofy mess and Zoey is still desperately trying to grow in those tail feathers, they look ratty and terrible but she is growing them which I am proud of.

I know most of this has been my fault though and I feel Like the worst bird mommy ever. I ran out of the birdy mash, I make a while back and haven't had the time to make more so they haven't had fresh fruit or anything in while. I feel terrible!!! I just haven't really purchased any fresh fruit or veggies in a while as I have been so busy with school that I haven't had anything in house to quickly make. I am almost done my semester though I have a week and a half left so the first thing I am doing is a big cage cleaning moving all toys out and replacing with all new ones and moving birds into different cages. Fresh veggies, fruit and everything in moderation of course.

Lately I have just been exchanging a toy once a week and just changing the paper at the bottom and wiping the grate down. I haven't had time to give anything a good scrub.


See utterly terrible .. and I know this is the reason mostly for my bad feather health. Normally I give supplements and everything I haven't done that either. just a spray shower when I can and always fresh seed and Harrison's.


Awwwww, don't be too hard on yourself you know what you need to do and have it planned out so I know you will get things done and make them all happy fiddies!

Enjoy your rest when you get some time to do it.

Its going on 4 months now that SPX has been moulting and he's still a pin headed monster but looking great on his body. The only thing that has changed is his activity level and vocals..... he's busy and playful and incredibly loud, he goes out of his way to flock call me to get me to hang out with him in the early hours of the morning.

I'm glad he's mouthy and loud again.... I use to hate when he screamed loudly now I look forward to it.





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Hi Nikki,
I'm sure you're not the worst bird mommy ever.
You've been going through a stressy time, but now you'll make up everything they've been missing.
If you feed Dr. Harrison's it's not too bad when they don't get fresh food and supplements for a while.

My Paulchen (blue) is currently looking awful, because his female Yuki is plucking him.
Several times a day I hear his angry caw, and Yuki is sitting beside him chewing a little blue feather.
I met the Avian, but all I can do for him is giving supplements and misting him with Avix Soother spray.
What I also did is to buy a sun spot with UV light additionally to the basic LED lighning of the bird corner.
I think it has become a bit better already, hope so much that he'll get a new feather dress for Christmas.
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Thanks @Mr Peepers and @Flapping Mama !

I feel bad as I have never been this busy and stressed out! I am actually happy to be almost done... Thank goodness

oh I am so sorry he is being plucked. That is not fun to deal with. I hope the UV Light works. I also realized I have to get another UV light. I have one and I have set it up in a way all my birds can benefit from it but I really need a separate one for Zoey.
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Some birds do take longer than others and I find every moult different. Squishee (IRN) looked beautifully once we turned her around but when she began moulting everybody said how bad she looked. It was nothing but a moult! Asiatics tend to look the worst as they have what I'd describe as thinner patches on their faces and it doesn't look pretty
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Some birds do take longer than others and I find every moult different. Squishee (IRN) looked beautifully once we turned her around but when she began moulting everybody said how bad she looked. It was nothing but a moult! Asiatics tend to look the worst as they have what I'd describe as thinner patches on their faces and it doesn't look pretty

Its tough when they moult isn't it?

Most of my birds end up quiet and listless not wanting to interact or play. SPX is still a spike head but he's been flying and screaming and being much more active and loud lately so I'm happier now.

I hope he is happier too.





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Get another budgie to help him out
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I hear you, but nope. Life changes make it not possible for the SPX'ter to have a friend.

He's just got to put up with my aunt and myself to annoy him.





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Do you find he does okay on his own? My budgie flock is enormous and they show obvious signs of stress when one is taken away but I wonder what a budgie who hasn't been around others would be like... Has he been with others since he fledged or have you always had him? It's good that you consider your situation before getting another bird. A lot of people don't think it through and end up having to rehome some birds because they don't think about things like that
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Do you find he does okay on his own? My budgie flock is enormous and they show obvious signs of stress when one is taken away but I wonder what a budgie who hasn't been around others would be like... Has he been with others since he fledged or have you always had him? It's good that you consider your situation before getting another bird. A lot of people don't think it through and end up having to rehome some birds because they don't think about things like that

SPX was a single bird when he came to me and was fine with it as I worked from home so we spent all day together. About 8 months into his life I temp housed a couple of rescue older budgies and was surprised he ignored them and preferred to hang with me as usual.

When one bird moved to a forever home he still didn't bond with the other male bird in his cage. The other bird died last october and SPX didn't seem affected at all by it he just continued to be on his own.

He was indifferent to Mr Peepers when he showed up last october as well. I didn't have a hands on very much with Peepers so SPX still had me all to himself.





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