Molting behaviour

Bec90

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Evening everyone
Rio is now 18 weeks old. She seems to be molting. She has lots of big pin feathers out the back of her neck and a few underneath too. Also alot on and around her little face.
She has also been quite grouchy, does this come hand in hand? She will need come see us and walk all over us but seems a little more angry at life hehe
 

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dianaT

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Good evening yes they often get a bit grumpy when growing new feathers don't worry about it.
 

Bec90

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Good evening yes they often get a bit grumpy when growing new feathers don't worry about it.
Thankyou im glad to hear that. Do they usually go back to themselves once new feathers are through?
 

Michael Reynolds

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yes they fill so sorry for them selves when they do not look at there prime. the serious side is birds need to survive hey will try to hide a weakness but with moulting it can make them look weaker or ill and there for more prone to a predator, many birds will be more a wear of there surroundings and will be a bit more carful even with other flock members. its natures way of surviving and once they are looking back in there prime they settle again
 

plumsmum

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Yes hun our birdies can be a wee bit cranky at moulting time, it takes lots of resources/energy to grow new feathers and then preen them to pristine condition. Many like help with their head pins but you need a good relationship to be developed first. Ensure your birds diet is perfect which will help Rio through this as well as maybe the opportunity for a bath or spray with water.
 

Kendra

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On days the weather is warm you could give them hand showers, this helps loosening the hard bits and scratches to the head if they will let you help them come off where they can not reach. Chorley Amazon is really grumpy when he is moulting and if one of his pins is touched at the end he goes mad so presume it hurt him, I have to e really careful whereas Lucy Macaw prefers a good hard scratch.
 
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