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Old 12-16-2016, 01:36 PM
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My budgie Monty came to me on the 29th July 2016 and had been out of the nest for just a week. He has just started what I think is either his first proper moult or a hard moult, he's lost a lot of feathers and is absolutely covered in pin feathers. Beneath his normal feathers he looks like a baby with the amount of pin feathers! He's also got a couple of blood feathers on his head. He's not got any bald patches, his tummy was a bit patchy, but not so that you could see skin (I'll post a picture if this doesn't make sense.) Also, he's looking a bit thinner than normal, I don't know if this is because of the loss of feathers as he's still eating and drinking as he usually would. I've bought him some Guardian Angel to try and perk him up a bit. He's still playing and chirping and is letting me preen his head, although a pinfeather fell out earlier today, is this normal? He's my first budgie, so I have no experience with this kinda thing. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated


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Here is some good information about molting. https://talkbudgies.com/articles-gene...e-molting.html

Sometimes birds go through a very heavy molt, as it sounds like your Monty is. https://talkbudgies.com/articles-gene...e-molting.html This article here will address some concerns you're having right now. This will give you tips on diet and supplements that can help, as well as keeping him as comfortable as possible during this time.

You mention that a pinfeather fell out today. A pinfeather is one which is still developing and growing from the body. Is that what you saw that fell out? It is not considered 'normal' and should be examined and perhaps tested for pbfd virus by an avian (bird) vet. Don't be alarmed now, as viral disease is not the only reason this can happen. Your budgie could also be lacking essential nutrients in the diet. Still, that symptom is not a common one in that case, and it is always good practice to bring any new bird to an avian vet and have a thorough exam to assure all is well, especially that you suspect he is underweight as well. All the best to you.
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Julie has given excellent advice

To help his feathers grow in well, you can give him flax seeds, mashed hardboiled egg, and the Guardian Angel will help, too

I hope that he feels better soon!
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Here is some good information about molting. https://talkbudgies.com/articles-gene...e-molting.html

Sometimes birds go through a very heavy molt, as it sounds like your Monty is. https://talkbudgies.com/articles-gene...e-molting.html This article here will address some concerns you're having right now. This will give you tips on diet and supplements that can help, as well as keeping him as comfortable as possible during this time.

You mention that a pinfeather fell out today. A pinfeather is one which is still developing and growing from the body. Is that what you saw that fell out? It is not considered 'normal' and should be examined and perhaps tested for pbfd virus by an avian (bird) vet. Don't be alarmed now, as viral disease is not the only reason this can happen. Your budgie could also be lacking essential nutrients in the diet. Still, that symptom is not a common one in that case, and it is always good practice to bring any new bird to an avian vet and have a thorough exam to assure all is well, especially that you suspect he is underweight as well. All the best to you.


Thank you for your advice!


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