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Hi all, meet Boston... My under 6 month old budgie... I think he's got a problem. He's loosing feathers on his head and a few above his beak. He is molting but I'm worried. He's reached all the correct milestones and is otherwise healthy. I'm not sure if it's normal but I'll attach a photo. Please if you know what this is can you let me know so I can sort my baby out 馃榿馃惁 I'm scared it's beak and feather disease :( as you can see he has a little bald patch.
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Boston is beautiful and is having a bit of a rough molt, have a look at this article Miserable Molting
Thank you very much. Don't let his cute looks fool you... He's a cheeky ****** and his recent ability to talk makes for a mischievous and curious personality. That's reassured me and will keep my eye on him. Maybe a water mist every now and again? Thanks

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You can mist him from above with water if he likes it or offer him a chance to bathe. Would love to see additional pictures of him, I love his colors.

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Hi, Welcome to Talk Budgies!

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Boston is a quite handsome lad. I'm so sorry he's going through a "Miserable Molt".
I had a budgie (the one in the pictures in the link Cody provided to you) that had the absolute worst molts ever. I felt SO bad for him!

Budgies generally have a first light molt at around 3 - 4 months old and another at 6 -7 months old.
When a budgie reaches at 1 year old their molts adjust to the Seasons., After the adjustment the budgie will have its big molts in the Spring and Fall. Budgies may also have lighter molts throughout the year; triggered by stress, change in diet or change in environment.

You can supplement your budgie鈥檚 diet with egg food during a molt.
This helps your budgies replenish the energy lost during the time they lose and grow in the new feathers.
Additionally, egg food promotes good and healthy feather growth.
It is possible to buy ready-made egg food at any specialized pet store but just as easy to make your own by hard boiling an egg and mashing it up.
If you wish you can mix it with a bit of cooked quinoa and flax seed.
You can also finely chop some veggies and add it to the egg food mix.

If your give your budgie cooked quinoa, be sure you rinse it well several times before cooking.

Budgies get itchy during their molt, so they'll preen and scratch more often. Additionally, they may be sleepier and quieter as molting takes a lot of energy, and their poop could be a little runnier. To make them more comfortable, you can offer them baths either in a shallow dish of water (or Lix-It bath) or by hanging wet greens (romaine lettuce or kale works best) in their cage so they can nibble on it and rub against them.

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Hi there and welcome to the forums!

Boston is absolutely adorable. You've been given great advice above and I agree completely!

Hope he gets over his moult soon :D

Meanwhile, you've come to a great place to learn even more about the best of budgie care practices! Be sure to read through the links above to ensure you're up to date on everything. If you have any questions after doing so, please do ask as we'd love to help.

Best wishes! 馃憢
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