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Old 03-15-2008, 12:54 PM
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This is a question that is asked a lot but I am new so I am not sure. I have 2 little blue boys and Sky went thru molting a month ago and only seemed to last about 2 weeks and seemed to get over fast. Noel has been molting for a good 3 weeks now and still seems in the middle of it. I do see new pin feathers and his baby strips are slowly turning into a white face. (It is still kind of mixed white and old feathers.) Am I am over reacting?? Thanks

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I'm guessing his molt is normal. You would think that with five birds, I would be an expert molter, but to be honest, mine all molt at different times and they last for different durations. One seems to last only a couple of weeks and another lasts almost a month!

I would say that as long as new feathers (pin feathers) are coming in, he's fine. If one molt lasts continuosly for more than a month, I would seek an avian vet because there are some vitamin deficiencies and conditions that can cause excessive molting.

Congratulations on your new two by the way! I love their names!
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Thanks a lot. I have some suppliment called Missing link and I will try to give that to them via eye dopper.
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I know I recommend this all of the time, but it really is good for keeping up their strength and energy during stressful times; you can try mixing some Pedialyte in their water to boost their electrolytes. A lot of people recommend sports drinks like gatorade, but that has a lot more sugar than what they need. Just mix flavorless pedialyte half and half in their water, or you can give them .1 - .25ml (about five-six drops) via syringe or dropper a few times a day.

If you go the mixing it in the water route, make sure you change it ever few hours as you would if you were putting vitamins in their water so that it doesn't harbor bacteria.

It sounds like you're doing a wonderful job with your two little ones
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Thats great I never would have thought of that and I am not sure why not because I use Pedialyte to help a sick Iguana pull thru. What do you think of giving it by eye dropper rather then in the water. I like the eye gropper because I then know for sure they get it and I can stick to the once a day water change. Is eye dropper a good method??
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I say it is. A lot of people just don't feel comfortable handling their birds "meanly" to give it to them. I know it was really hard for me to give them medicine when they were sick. It put me in tears sometimes because I had to give them so much and it killed me to scare them like that, but they got over and love me now.

I'm actually giving Duke pedialyte by syringe because he's under the weather and the vet recommended I do that for a couple of days and see how he does before I make a two hour drive with him. He recommended I give him about .1 - .25ml (if you have a syringe with which you can measure). If not, an eye dropper works just as well and I think that it amounts to about five - seven drops. He's having me do this every few hours, but since your little guy isn't ill, you could probably do this once in the morning and once before bed and it should help.
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'I say it is. A lot of people just don't feel comfortable handling their birds "meanly" to give it to them. I know it was really hard for me to give them medicine when they were sick. It put me in tears sometimes because I had to give them so much and it killed me to scare them like that, but they got over and love me now.'


I use the supplement powder. If they eat fruits/veggies, you can sprinkle it on top and they'll eat it. U can do that if you don't like putting it thier water or syringe feeding it to them. if you do syringe feed a bird it often works better if they're really hand tame. Just a thought.
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