Posted by Connie on 8/17/08
Hi Elizabeth, Here's some info that may help you. Cockatiels
have from 2000-3000 feathers which help insulate their
bodies and keep them warm. Their natural temperature is from
104-112 degrees, so in a way, they are almost constantly
molting alittle, but just alittle. The first big molt should
be when he's between 6-12 months. After that, they will have
a normal, heavy molt 2-3 times a year. Molting is stressful
for them and they can be less active and crankier during
these times. You may want to give him more calcium and
protein like in dark, leafy veggies...scrambled
eggs...cooked chicken and lean meats. If he won't eat these
things, they have dried veggies that you can sprinkle on top
of their food in pet shops so that they will eat it that
way. Also bathing more helps or water misting baths. Also,
help the little guy out and scratch him where he can't
reach. If he molts heavily alot, it can be brought on by
stress, poor nutrition or an illness. So, if it's really
alot, take him to an avian vet. Hope this helps.... Connie
On 8/17/08, elizabeth longfield wrote:
> i would like to know if molting is periodically and if so
> when, or if it only happens if the birdie is too hot!!!
> thank you
Posts on this thread, including this one
- molting, 8/17/08, by elizabeth longfield.
- Re: molting, 8/17/08, by Connie.
- Re: molting, 8/18/08, by GreyLady.