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So Cricket is 6 months old and he is molting. He has all the classic symptoms of it. Anyway i was wondering what you folks do to help your fids thru this trying time. I am bathing him everyday. He has seed and pellets, fruits and veggies, millet, and a treat mix of various dried fruits and seeds. Is there anything i can feed him or do for him to help him get thru this? We have a very cranky bird at my house.

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Gracie is molting too. I give her a lot of baths and TONS of scritches because I know her head is itchy. I haven't been feeding her anything special, but I have been extra patient with her because I know she is uncomfortable.

I hope Cricket feels better soon! They will look stunning when all of their new feathers come in!

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I feel your pain! As you know, we're going through the same thing here!

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Maxx is going through it too, his head is full of tiny pinnies. Daily baths and tons of scritches are what I am doing. He is also naping more and just looks uncomfortable



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Well, i just can't stand it so i thought i would spoil him some more with some items from MY Safe Bird Store. I love that place.
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Shelly, I have that SAME play top for Aristotle's cage! He LOVES it!


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Sounds like your doing to the best for him. Delilah is moulting and Russbut the others arent. Russ is always cranky when he moults

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Okay, excuse my ignorance, but how do you know when they are molting and how often do they do it?
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It depends on the species but generally twice a year. Budgies and smaller birds tend to moult more often then their larger cousins. Moulting is when bird slowly loses all of its feathers and grows new ones. It'll be very obvious when your birdie molts you'll see little pin feathers show up all over there head. Pin feathers are the new baby feathers that come in, it's like a feather shaft covered in a waxy outer layer with the new feather curled up inside. Just like you lose dead pieces of skin a bird must renew its feathers. Make sure your bird is on a good diet, and that it has the right amount of sleep. Be careful around these feathers as they carry a blood supply to help them grow and if damaged can cause bleeding.

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Jessie -- thanks for that info! Now that you've said that, I think CC might be just finishing a molt. She had pinnies all over her crest and was itching like MAD when I first got her, so much that I was afraid she had mites. But she's stopped now. She also had a lot of blood feathers in her wings, so the vet couldn't clip them. Then again, I'm sort of happy about that because I think I'd prefer to leave her flighted if I can.
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Glad I could help, yeah I like my guys flighted as well, I only clip the tiels lightly because we dont have as good of a bond as I do with the others but they can still fly quite high, but I enjoy watching my birds fly around, though I completely understand why some people do and I do think its safer in many ways.

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Thanks, Jessica. I am beginning to find some small white feathers around the room. I don't let Max out of the livingroom area. I feed him ZooPreem pellets, but have also been giving him some fresh food, though he doesn't eat much of it. Today I gave him a cherry tomato (cut up so he could get the inside), about a teaspoon of finely grated mozzarella cheese, and a few bits of dried papaya treat. He ate some of the cheese (threw the rest on the floor of his cage) and the inner fruit and seeds of the tomato. I gave him the center of some honeydew melon last week. He seemed interested, but didn't eat much.
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Sounds like your doing a good job just keep it up and I'm sure he'll be eating lots of veggies in the future

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