Molting is the natural process in which parrots shed their old feathers to grow new ones. Generally, this process happens once or twice a year depending on their age and the weather.
Parrots Molt may be partial and replace just some of the bird’s feathers or it may be complete to replace all feathers at once. This mostly occurs when the weather changes. The molting process can take a long time for some species, but at least it takes two weeks for small birds.
Usually, the feathers around the head will shed first, then this occurs on the lower feathers until all feathers replace by the new ones. Parrots will grow pins, that condition is also known as pin-feathers.
When do Parrots Molt?
In wild birds, molting is usually related to the change of the seasons or daylight hours. Factors like nutritional status, temperature, breeding, and migration determine when molting takes place. In south Asia, parrots molt between July to September.
Pet birds can become unconsciously confused. As they are not being exposed to enough sunlight.
Due to unusual time periods and artificial light, parrots may have irregular, incomplete, long, or short molts.
Patterns of molt depend upon species, age, and time of year but most birds will molt completely during a year. Sometimes split into two or three molt periods, usually before and after breeding season.
Types of molting in bird’s life cycle:
- Juvenile to Adult Bird – Young petbirds have “subadult plumage” that need to be shed as the bird reach maturity and develop their adult coloration. In this type of molting, large species of birds need serveral cysles to molt their feather.
- Breeding to Non-Breeding – Many birds with bright breeding plumage molt into more camouflaged colors after the breeding season. Non-breeding plumage can also feature more feathers for better insolation during the winter.
- Non-Breeding to Breeding After winter, birds want to prepare for the breeding season. This molting result occurs in bright and colored feathers which help them to mate. Studies have shown that many birds with bright plumage have better breeding success.
- Feather Change Many species of bird just molt to replace their feathers. They don’t care about changing the color for camouflage or for mating.
Parrots Molting Symptoms
Molting typically starts with the innermost primary feathers and continues outwards. This means that the first feathers to go are the central flying feathers on the tail. One of the common molting signs is the bird’s wings appear longer than usual due to the elongated feathers. As the bird progresses with the molt, you will notice that the elongated feathers on the wings will fall out, and the bird will have a naked-looking wing for a while. The molting process can be very stressful on the bird, and this is when feather plucking and chewing may occur.
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Care during a Molt:
It takes a lot of energy to build new feathers. Birds typically time their molt to avoid other periods of high energy demands, such as nesting or breeding and migration. Molting time can be more complicated for larger birds because growing larger feathers takes more time.
During a molt, proper nutrition is most important than common days. During moult provide a large quantity or source of calcium, iron, and protein to the birds. Building new feathers requires a lot of energy and plenty of good-quality nutrients. In this process, birds feel stressed, less active, and quiet. The canaries may stop singing while molting. In this stressful time, birds may also have prone to their health, because their immune systems are also under stress.
Tips to make Your Parrot Comfortable…!
When they are going through a molt, they are very uncomfortable. They are probably not eating their food and they are probably not playing with their toys. They will not go out of their cage, and they will not do anything. As their owner, you must also know what is the reason behind their uncomfortable behavior. You are their owner, so you have to be extra careful during this time since you are the only one they have.
- Shower your bird 2 times a day.
- Try to keep the temperature normal in bird room. Should be 20oC to 24oC.
- Must be provide vegetables Specially cucumber during molt.