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So Niko has started dropping feathers again. This is the third time since December. I wouldn't be too concerned, but I think this is the second time in two months he's molted these particular feathers. I have a UV light for him that I only use for an hour each day, do you think I should cut back on using it?
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Katherine,

I'd definitely cut back on the UV light usage to 1/2 hour every other day until he stops molting.

Then you can try 1/2 hour each day to see how he does.
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Katherine,

I'd definitely cut back on the UV light usage to 1/2 hour every other day until he stops molting.

Then you can try 1/2 hour each day to see how he does.
Thank you! I'll definitely try that and keep you updated!
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I forgot to mention -- please be sure you are giving him egg food at least three times a week during the molt.

Growing those new feathers takes a lot of protein!

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Hello, I read a lot of these posts for educational purposes. I am a new budgie owner.

What is the UV light for?

And what is the “egg food”?
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Hello, I read a lot of these posts for educational purposes. I am a new budgie owner.

What is the UV light for?

And what is the “egg food”?
The UV light is so that they can absorb calcium properly- they need UV light to produce Vitamin D3 and be able to absorb calcium
https://www.talkbudgies.com/articles-...udgie-get.html
Egg food is just that- boiled or scrambled egg that is mashed up to given them extra protein. You can also buy it.
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Ladyfish -

Please take the time to read the Budgie Articles and the Stickies at the top of each forum section.
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I’m also think some just have a tendency to molt more than others. I have my 2 budgies and 3 parrots who’s cages are in the same room, and of course everyone molts, or loose feathers here and there all year round like normal, but Chip seems to constantly have a blow out molt. Just finishes, then starts again.

My Australian grass keet species in the other room, also molt fairly frequently. Judging by my birds now as well as past birds, it seems like maybe “parakeet species” might on a more frequent molting cycle than some other hookbill species.
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I’m also think some just have a tendency to molt more than others. I have my 2 budgies and 3 parrots who’s cages are in the same room, and of course everyone molts, or loose feathers here and there all year round like normal, but Chip seems to constantly have a blow out molt. Just finishes, then starts again.

My Australian grass keet species in the other room, also molt fairly frequently. Judging by my birds now as well as past birds, it seems like maybe “parakeet species” might on a more frequent molting cycle than some other hookbill species.
Hmm, good to know. I was particularly concerned because he was regrowing the same feathers- he's replaced his longest two tail feathers three times since I've gotten him! I'll be sure to keep an eye on him but maybe this is his "normal". Either way I think cutting down on the UV should be okay for the time being.
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The UV light is so that they can absorb calcium properly- they need UV light to produce Vitamin D3 and be able to absorb calcium
https://www.talkbudgies.com/articles-...udgie-get.html
Egg food is just that- boiled or scrambled egg that is mashed up to given them extra protein. You can also buy it.


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