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So I’m a new budgie owner and right now I only have one budgie.I have had her for a month or two and I’m unsure if she is plucking or is just moulting! I am in desperate need for help!

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Hey PurpleBudgie!

Check out some of the stickies on the forum - There are some great articles here about molting and plucking:
Miserable Molting
Feather Picking/Plucking/Chewing/Over-Preening
Budgie Molting

How can you tell the difference between preening and picking?

Hope this helps and would love some pics of your birdy baby!
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When budgies molt there are often lots of feathers, especially down and smaller body feathers along with several larger (even wing feathers) often a day's worth "collection".
It's rare for budgies to "pluck" like some larger parrots but plucking will typically show patches of missing feathers. Check out the stickies and enjoy your new budgie.
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The title of your thread has been changed.
"Help" is not a descriptive nor appropriate title for a thread.

Please take the time to read through the Site Guidelines, all of the How To Guides, the FAQs, the Budgie Articles and the stickies located at the top of each section of the forum.

Truly, the very BEST advice anyone can offer you is to take the time to read ALL of the stickies throughout the various Talk Budgie forums as well as the Budgie Articles we have posted.

These are great resources for Talk Budgie members and have a wealth of reliable information which will assist you to learn the best practices in caring for your budgies for their optimal health and well-being.

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It is a rare occurrence for budgies to pluck.

Whenever you ask a question on the forum (if after you’ve read the Stickies and sub-sections and can’t find the answer first), it’s best to give us more detail so that people can more effectively reply to your concern. Pictures also help. We like to use a free photo sharing site like Imgur for uploading pics. Thanks
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