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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-30-2018, 05:58 PM Thread Starter


 
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It all began when we first got her -- she began to over-preen when her Spring molt was occurring. I do believe she was stressed when she was with her previous home, and moving to our environment couldn't have made it any easier. Many of her breast feathers have grown back -- but she still tries to pick at herself when she thinks we are not watching her.



A wonderful aid to help control her over-preening compulsion has been misting her with warm water. She has not wanted to take baths herself, but the misting seems to make her more comfortable.



It will be lovely when Sweetheart is fully feathered -- especially since the weather will be getting colder, and she will need her feathered protection.



*hugs* ~Sweet Parakeet
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Since Sweetheart has settled in her new home [cage] she seems so interested in inspecting her new environs, she seems to be less interested in over-preening herself. YAY! This is such wonderful news! *Sweet Parakeet does a happy dance!*
Keep your pretty feathers, Sweetheart! ❤
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She may be experiencing another fall molt right now, you won't see many feathers but you will see a lot of dust and see her preening like mad. My budgie is preening and moody right now and I have been vacuuming more because she is going through a fall molt. We saw feathers for a couple of days and then dust dust dust and more dang dust.


I can't wait till she gets over this .... but of course I will probably start cranking the heat soon and she will start another light molt all over again. It never ends here.
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Thanks for the warning, Mr. Peepers. We are still new to the habits of an English Parakeet -- J. has always had the smaller American budgerigar, and J. says the feathers, as they grow in, appear different. We have been giving Sweetheart a molting supplement with her regular seeds (vitamins) on advice from a local breeder. ❤
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