Re: Silly question
Posted by Kelsey on 8/25/05
On 8/25/05, Michael L wrote:
> On 8/25/05, Kelsey wrote:
>> I have a silly question, and I should know the answer to it,
>> but I'm still going to ask hehe...
>> I have a young senegal that I got close to a month ago...she
>> has always looked like she wasn't fully feathered (just
>> missing a couple of feathers here and there) and her
>> coloring is different (she has just a tad of orange/yellow
>> on her chest, the rest is green, and her head is a grayish
>> green, leaning more towards green). I've noticed in the last
>> few days that a lot of her feathers are falling out (I've
>> watched closely to make sure she isn't plucking them
>> out)...so my question is...do they go through a molt this
>> early in life? and then get the rest of their coloring after
>> their "baby molt"?
>> Like I said, I know it's a silly question and I assume this
>> is whats going on but I figured I'd ask your opinions.
> Not a silly question at all.
> If your bird is under a year then I would say that what it is
> experiencing is a moult. Most moulting should not involve
> any patches or bald spots, but to see a fair amount of
> feathers on the floor is OK.
> During this time, it's important to provide ample, higher-
> protein food as that is the primary component in feather
> making. Cooked bean mixes as well as cooked eggs are both
> great sources.
> As far as the coloring goes, some Senegals do not have the
> pronounced, vivid chest coloring. It's there, but in a
> smaller amount. Moulting does little to change the pattern
> that is already there. Granted you will get new feathers,
> but the amount of color remains the same. This is a gentic
> issue and is the result of the parent's genetic make up.
> Michael L
Thanks :o) thats what I thought was going on...but she's really
young (she was just weaned when I got her about a month ago) so
I wasn't sure. I'll also be sure to add more eggs and beans and
such to her diet. Thanks again for your help.