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What To Expect From A Moult
« on: January 24, 2010, 12:54:23 PM »

Carrying on from another topic I thought I would bring all of the useful info together so everyone knows what to expect from a moult   :thumbsup:

I thought some of you might find this interesting.  I gave Billy and Echo a spray today which Billy loves.  So when I try to spray Echo Billy moves infront of the spray bottle   :crazy:   :haha:

Anyway when he did I noticed a bald bit with him being wet - here it is (on the left hand side)



So after further investigation I noticed he has this near the bottom of his belly on each side and joining at the bottom in the middle like a V shape.  He also has new feathers coming through



He has just had quite a big moult.  Here's the final picture - you can see the V shape here (he was side ways on his cage)

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Re: What to expect from a moult
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2010, 01:01:14 PM »

Here is a picture of some of the feathers from a moult



And here is a close up of the quills - intact and undamaged




Hope that helps   :thumbsup:
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Re: What to expect from a moult
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2010, 01:08:11 PM »

Excellent post Nikki, I will sticky it  :thumbsup:
have you also noticed Nikki, that alot of older ones are fluffy and white and the bottom, near the quill? it shows very well in your second shot....
here is one of Ericsa broken off ones.....there is a distinct difference especially at the base of the feathers?
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Re: What To Expect From A Moult
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2010, 04:48:52 PM »

Apparently a moult is supposed to last for 6 weeks but Nico moulted for 8 weeks has had a month break and has started all over again! I think it depends on your bird.
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Re: What To Expect From A Moult
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2010, 04:58:25 PM »

Our climate and heating in the winter also confuses their bodies with when they should be moulting so as Liz says it varies   :biggrin:
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Re: I Have Just Found These...
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2011, 09:15:40 PM »

Look like moulted feathers to me too  :thumbsup:

I spray my birds every day.

One thing you need to be very aware of is that when they moult their flight feathers and the new feathers grow in, those feathers have their own blood supply and will bleed profusely if broken. They will also be very painful if you accidentally knock or pull them when handling the bird.

Here are some pics of my birds' blood feathers taken over the last two and a half years, just so you know what to expect.



















































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Re: I Have Just Found These...
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2011, 10:10:34 PM »

When the smaller. body feathers grow through they look like this (pin feathers).




















They too can be painful. Spraying helps loosen/soften the keratin sheath which covers all new feathers.


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Re: What To Expect From A Moult
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2011, 01:26:10 PM »

Looking at those pictures no wonder the birds are grumpy during a moult. It just looks so uncomfortable
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Re: What To Expect From A Moult
« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2011, 01:33:54 PM »

Really helpful post for us newbies - thanks!!

Also, do you tend to see more tiny feathery bits when they give themselves a shake during a moult. I've been noticing that with Flint recently.

I can see a new pin feather coming through on his bald patch on his tummy though which I'm really pleased about, hoping there is a chance that it is due to the diet change and signals the start of a lovely new, healthy and unplucked plumage for the little man!
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Re: What To Expect From A Moult
« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2011, 07:52:03 PM »

Is it normal when they moult for their tummy to go all fluffy like this or do I have myself a plucker?
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Re: What To Expect From A Moult
« Reply #10 on: February 23, 2011, 08:18:40 PM »

I think judging by the tail and the little bald bit on the tummy it looks like he has plucked  :cry2:
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Re: What To Expect From A Moult
« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2011, 01:03:43 PM »

Just showered all the birds and taken some pics. Just spotted Shinda has blood feathers in his left wing. Big close-up below.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/flipflopip/5522041501/sizes/o/

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Re: What To Expect From A Moult
« Reply #12 on: April 17, 2011, 05:11:09 PM »

So is this from a moult?



It's from his cage this morning, but have seen about 3 or so since he's been here (about 2 weeks).
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Re: What To Expect From A Moult
« Reply #13 on: April 17, 2011, 05:28:07 PM »

Looks like it to me Danni, it doesn't look as though it has been plucked, no sign of major damage  :thumbsup:
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Re: What To Expect From A Moult
« Reply #14 on: April 17, 2011, 05:35:39 PM »

Yep Nico's multed feathers look like that as well
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Re: What To Expect From A Moult
« Reply #15 on: April 17, 2011, 05:48:14 PM »

Ah thanks, that's really good to hear. No plucking, yay, and a potential reason towards any moody behaviour. I'm surprised he's not been a lot lot worse considering.  :thumbsup:
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Re: What To Expect From A Moult
« Reply #16 on: June 13, 2011, 11:24:36 AM »

Very useful topic, looking at those pictures Alfie is definatly moulting. Also put my mind to rest about one side of his wing, the guy we brought him from said his flight feather had moulted on one side of his wing and i wasnt so sure at all, it looks in a bit of a mess but over last few days ive spotted two tubes with feathers just starting to come out  :biggrin:
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Re: What To Expect From A Moult
« Reply #17 on: September 11, 2011, 05:27:52 PM »

Does this look like a plucked feather or a moulted feather? I just found it cleaning out Basil's cage. Actually, it wasn't even in his cage... it was in a cardboard box underneath it  that I use to store his things in, so the only time it could've fallen in there was while cleaning and I never saw him pull it out. Also he's only 6 months old, do they even moult at that age?



I'm so paranoid now. My parents keep telling me I worry way too much about him.




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Re: What To Expect From A Moult
« Reply #18 on: September 11, 2011, 05:50:37 PM »

Looks like a normal moulted feather to me, no sign of damage to it.....even when they are moulting they sometimes chew them after preening them out.
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Re: What To Expect From A Moult
« Reply #19 on: September 11, 2011, 07:11:36 PM »

Looks normal to me too x
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