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Old 10-27-2010, 09:03 AM   #1
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Parrotlet molting?

1. Whats the normal amount of feathers a parrotlet should be dropping or removing on a daily basis when not in a molt?

2. Whats normal during a molt?

3. What controls a parrotlets molting time and when during the year does it normally occur? ie summer, winter, spring, fall?

4. How many times a year does a parrotlet normally molt?
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Old 10-27-2010, 10:52 AM   #2
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My guys vary every year. Sometimes a heavy molt and there'll be feathers everywhere! Other times it's a light molt and I'll maybe see 5 feathers/day- though sometimes it's hard to tell because I have more than one bird. Either way, my guys lose feathers daily, it's normal and not necessarily a molt.

P'lets can get grumpy and aggressive during a molt. So if that happens, I wouldn't worry.

My guys usually molt 1-2 times a year. Usually in the spring and fall. I'm not sure what controls the molting time, probably the change in time of daylight hours.
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Old 10-27-2010, 04:33 PM   #3
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I agree with the Above! Agave's molt this year was a bit light...feathers every day, but mainly very small ones with the odd big one. Pinnies galore, though, and we had a very grumpy bird. She always let me do her pinnies for her, though.
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Old 11-19-2010, 11:29 PM   #4
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Question Pinnies?

what are pinnies?
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Old 11-20-2010, 03:57 PM   #5
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Pins are new feathers that are still in their sheaths (white covering over the feather), when the sheath breaks apart, then the feather comes out.
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Old 11-21-2010, 03:53 PM   #6
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hi, my petie is molting. he has lost alot of feathers and new ones are coming in. my concern is that he has molted before but this time he looks a bit of a mess. his feathers on his belly are not smooth.

he is not acting ill. he is eating, chirping and talking. nothing different in his behavior - just the way he is molting. is this normal? is it because he is no longer a baby. he is 4 years old.

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Old 11-21-2010, 08:02 PM   #7
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Sweetpea, went thru her first molt about 6 wks ago, and her tummy was very un even and I too was concerned but, as you said she didn't act sick. So, I just let it go, and she is now covered with her gorgeous green feathers once again. So, I imagine it's not too abnormal.
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They do get a little rough around the edges, especially during a heavy molt. Try not to worry unless you start seeing bald patches. Frequent misting will help, or you can take them into the bathroom when you shower and let them sit in the warm steam.
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thank you Enborgle and Ramona. I will try to mist Petie but he doesn't really like it. He does like to go into the bathroom to look at himself so I will make sure I steam up the bathroom.
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Old 12-05-2010, 11:10 AM   #10
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Hey everyone, I am a proud new parrotlet owner as of a few months ago. This is the first bird I've owned so I'm discovering new things as I go every day. My parrotlet is going through his first molt and I'm a little concerned because he's been going through it for over a month now. From what I've read this isn't always abnormal? It seems sometimes the molting can take several weeks, but I just wanted to make sure. Also, he has several new pin feathers lying hidden all around his neck and head and has for awhile. Beside the fact that they're not the most attractive things, I would think they would be really uncomfortable to him. He will let me scratch all around on them and he seems to enjoy it, but like I said I've been doing it for several weeks and they are still there. Is the best advice to just continue to mist him and give him daily scratches on them? Thanks for any advice!
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