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Extra nutrition for Molt?

So when we first got Rio the petstore said he was finishing his molt. He had a lot of head pin feathers which we have gotten nearly all the sheaths loose. His head is very pretty and super soft now! (Plus he loved the head message/preening sessions from me!)

However the past few days i have noticed quite a few feathers dropping off. He's not feather plucking just normal preening. Some of them he'll fluff up and i'll see them just fall out. He doesn't have any bald spots or anything either.

I am thinking it was just his head feathers that he started to molt and he's not actually finished. Tonight he was nuzzling on my shoulder and one of his long tail feathers fell in my lap. Nothing looking bad about it, just a normal fallen feather.

(we just had his vet check up too and he got a clean bill of health)

Funny enough we just finished up the molt with our budgie! I thought I was going to get a break from the falling feathers for a bit lol!

So what are some good extras to add to his diet while he is molting? For the budgie I gave her egg as well as this molt conditioning formula sprinkled on her food but that was for a budgie.

Is there anything I should do for a parrot molt to help? The good thing is Rio eats about anything especially if I am eating it!
Just curious for any suggestions to help Rio while he molts!
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I add sesame seed right prior and during molt (rich in methionine).
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My Linnie's are going through a mini molt too. Just make sure they have protein and calcium. My two have egg food and cuttlebone available. Also, they have seeds in addition to pellets. Don't forget fresh food too. Just offer a variety, that will be good.

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Also, give your FID a bath every day to help with the itchiness



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Budgies are parrots so use the same methods And yes, a daily misting would be good. It helps more than you'd imagine. That and putting him in a travel cage while you've got the shower on as hot as it will go to steam up the room


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Cool thanks guys! He had some egg this morning and loved it! I have a cuttlebone available in his cage. His food I have a mix of seed and the Harrisons pellets right now and we are also doing the fruit and veggies. (although gotta replenish tomorrow! We are down to just apples left).
Luckily his head feathers aren't molting. It's the rest of him now. He hasn't been keen on the misting but the shower thing is something we are looking into. I think Petco has a shower perch so he can enjoy the mist/steam. He didn't care for the spraybottle, although the budgie loves getting a spraybottle bath.

We also have his little heat lamp above his cage too for a little extra heat.
Luckily he is still pretty sweet and not as irritable as the budgie was during her molt!
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With the spray bottle put it on mist and try to spray up so that it kind of falls on to him like rain. I don't think they like being sprayed directly at, ha.



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Clyde being misted - YouTube Here's a video of my OWA being misted. If you look at older videos of him, he's a real mess But with a better diet and daily misting he actually grew his feathers back and looked wonderful
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Amber, if you like, you can add cucumber to his diet. It contains silicic acid, another stuff he needs for building new feathers.
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Clyde is really cute!!

Yeah I have tried spraying upwards so it falls like rain. (that's what the budgie likes lol! I think he just needs to get used to it.
He's stubborn but i'm not going to let him be a dirty bird!

So we just gave him a bath. This time I put a towel in the sink and he was fine with it! Just he just wanted to feel the towel under his feet. He enjoyed the mist bath this way! As a treat (not really i'd do it anyway) i cut up some of his favorites! Cucumber, apple and carrots!
He is eating and doing his happy chirp!

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Amber, if you like, you can add cucumber to his diet. It contains silicic acid, another stuff he needs for building new feathers.
You are 100% right that cucumber has salicylates but I am not sure it's necessary for feather production. Salicylic acid is a plant hormone usually related to growth but it acts this way only on plants, on animals, it acts as an anti-inflammatory and analgesic only (aspirin is salicylic acid), as far as I know. Feathers are made of beta keratin made out of amino acids like cysteine, methionine and leucine and serine (see here: http://www.academia.edu/990944/Feath...of_Amino_acids

Now, when it comes to salicylic acid and parrots, what they are now contemplating is the possibility that some birds pluck due to an intolerance to salicylates (see here: Salicylate-sensitive Male Eclectus - YouTube and here: Salicylate-Sensitive Male Eclectus On New Diet Sept. 26, 2013 - YouTube ). There are a couple of sites that sell parrot food that mention 'studies' but I've never been able to find one and they don't cite them as reference, either, so I don't know if there really are any.
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Amber, if you like, you can add cucumber to his diet. It contains silicic acid, another stuff he needs for building new feathers.
Cucumber is his favorite so far so we are keeping a good supply handy already
So whether it helps or not it's one his fav's already!
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