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Cricket STILL molting...

Jo Anne and i have been talking about our molting birds. She had heard that if it is a slow molt it is better. Cricket has been molting for about 2 months now. He has no naked areas and looses maybe a small feather or two a day, is having lots of pinnies around his head, and i was just wondering what is normal?

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Mines been molting since I got him and he isn't stopping yet

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Thanks, Daisy! I think Libby and Angelina are like that too, one or two small feathers every day. I can see more pin feathers on her head certain times of the year. Libby loses her red tail feathers only once a year (I know, because I save them!).

You've reassured me that all is well. Logically, it would seem that birds in the wild would molt very slowly so they can still fly, keep warm, etc., right?

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Maxx is still molting, now more than ever. Tons of pinnies, and I am finding small feathers everywhere. He also has 2 new tail feathrs coming in.



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ice is molting too.. i think just starting.. a few pinnies that she makes me preen

i cant wait for those gorgeous red tai feathers <3

it must be the conure molting time


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Scully has BIG pins he makes me scratch!


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Thank you guys. I guess i just didn't realize that it went on for that long. Good to know. Big Scritches to all our poor babies!!

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And WOW! when you touch one that's not "ready", they sure let you know, don't they!

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And WOW! when you touch one that's not "ready", they sure let you know, don't they!
They sure do, Maxx will let me rub his head and neck, but one wrong move and it is squawk and nip. He then lets me continue.

Joanne, how long did Libbys first molt last?



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Bob - Her first molt was last summer into fall. I don't remember exactly how long it took, but it lasted several months, just like this year. One or two small feathers every day, never a bunch of feathers. When her red tail feathers came out, I saved them, since they were so long and beautiful!

The only pin feathers I notice are on her head and neck. I guess that's because she can take care of the rest of them herself. I never see any bare spots or ragged looking feathers. I just find one or two, usually in her sleep cage.

I'm kind of glad she molts slowly (my Parrotlet does too). I would think this is much easier on them.

Is Maxx having a long molt too?

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He seems to be doing the the same thing, I think he has been going on a few months now. He did just grow 2 new tail feathers, and is losing tons of small feathers. Head and neck is full of pinnies, and has been so for quite awhile. I give him a bath every day and that seems to help.



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Solo is molting and also really slowly

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Cricket is going to the doctor tomorrow for a wellnes check. I am not really worried about the molt thanks to you guys. Thanks for your help!

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I think it is conure molting time. Ricky has been getting lots of little pinners on his head and neck. He definatley isnt wild at having them touched,but when you scritch him he moves his head to where he needs it.

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Yep vet said this is time for molting. Wellness check went good enough, he got his tonails clipped and now he has a heck of a time climbing but they look good.

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PINFEATHER (n.) - A growing feather still enclosed in its horny sheath,
especially one just emerging through the skin.

(Are we allowed to use the phrase "horny sheath" in a family-friendly forum?)

After several months of give-and-take over the matter, Krikkit has finally gotten
to the point where under certain circumstances she will allow me to carefully de-
wax the pins on her head and neck -- which is good because frankly I can't stop
myself from messing with them!

The best way to achieve results, I find, is to carefully roll your thumb and fore-
finger to get other feathers out of your way, then get into a position where you
can pinch your fingernails together several times up & down the problem feather
to break up the wax as much as possible. It's getting her to hold still long enough
for me to do that which seems to be K's biggest objection.

On the other hand, she'll hold still from now 'til doomsday if I'm working on her tail-
feathers -- she'll stay motionless with her head down and her tail up and wait until
I'm all done -- despite how it looks, she doesn't get frisky or humpy afterwards!

BTW: I can also skritch the fluff under her wings without create a misunderstanding,
though I believe I've read here that doing so is a mating-related action. It's pretty
much only after a good rough-housing match that she tends to get overheated and
make unwelcome advances. (Hey, don't look at me -- she started it!)

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