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How Long Does Molting Last?

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Old 02-05-2012, 02:48 PM   #1
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How Long Does Molting Last?

I've only had my green pacific parrotlet Jude for 3 1/2 months or so. His breeder told me he would start his first molt when he was approx. 10 weeks old. Jude did start molting a few weeks ago, and my question is: how long does their first molt last? He seems to have had 2 waves of it, molting for a while, then it seemed to stop off for a but, then now it has come back in full swing. He's looking pretty ragged and has been a bit of a butt-munch, I think it's because he's not feeling too well during the molt (I read once that Alex, the talking african grey parrot who could talk told his keeper he felt crummy when he was molting).

Anyway, if anyone could help me out, it would be much appreciated.
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Each bird is different, the longest one of mine molted was about 4 weeks.
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Mine has done the same as yours and actually I think she is starting a third go. She has never had a really bad molt like I've seen others have. I'm not sure why but what makes her feel better is I mist her.
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It seems to vary with each bird and it does often effect their personality but time and patience your little one will soon be back to normal. The pin feathers are obviously uncomfortable for them and they appreciate a little help from you to reach the ones on their head.
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Thanks a lot! Just wanted to make sure my little man wasn't molting for an unnaturally long period of time.
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I have never noticed my p-lets molting. And I have had 6 for about a year. =-/?
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Wolf is 14 months old and has molted 2x. One a small molt and the 2nd one a big one where he replaced all his flight feathers. This molt has been going on for a couple months now in varying degrees.
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I too have a question about molting. My Blueberry seems to be molting for a couple of months now. She hasn't had any bare spot, but has lost a couple large feathers and has a multitude of pin feathers around her head. Is this normal? She may have stopped and started again, but I'm not sure. Nothing has really changed in respect to her eatting or attitude.
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Parrots in captivity don't follow a schedule for molting, so as long as there are no bare spots all is well. Molting takes time, and can take even longer with artificial light involved. Blueberry sounds perfectly normal!
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