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Old 01-07-2015, 12:12 PM
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Second molt?

Kiwi seems to be going through a second molt right now. He just finished molting his annual "big one" about 2 months ago. Now he's molting again. Lots of little pins on him and lots of little feathers (and a couple big ones) on the bottom of the cage. Anyone else's bird having this happen or idea why he is molting again? The only major change was the new cage last month, but he seems quite pleased about that. Any ideas?
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Old 01-07-2015, 12:15 PM
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Re: Second molt?

Zilla is molting again, or still molting. Has been since I got her. I just chalked hers up to all the meds and the change in diet and environment. Maybe the zons are being weird this year????
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Old 01-07-2015, 12:22 PM
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Re: Second molt?

Also might be interesting to note, a random splotch of blue is currently growing in right above his eye His blue is really looking asymmetrical and goofy these days, though it is REALLY expanding all of a sudden (he used to have very little blue). Debating some blueberry kool-aid to "even things out lololol (J/K). I'm also noticing bigger yellow on his wings. He's getting to be quite the stunner! Still weird that he's molting again. It seems to be mostly his "accent" colors spreading all of a sudden.
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Old 01-07-2015, 12:24 PM
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Re: Second molt?

I don't know. But ever since spring, Mango started losing his down, and has been losing feathers ever since. The bigger tail feathers& wing feathers just started in the fall. I asked my breeder and he said every bird is different.
He looks good still and always has a pin feather somewhere.
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Old 01-07-2015, 12:26 PM
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Re: Second molt?

Maybe they are all just conspiring to make sure there are always feathers everywhere!
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Old 01-07-2015, 12:27 PM
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Re: Second molt?

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Maybe they are all just conspiring to make sure there are always feathers everywhere!
Must be right! LOL!
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Old 01-07-2015, 12:27 PM
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Re: Second molt?

HOLD UP! I thought of something that has changed recently besides the cage that may be driving this! He got that Featherbrite sunlamp last month too, and boy does he LOVE it. He gets it for about 2/3 hours a day most days. Perhaps he was in fact vitamin D deficient since moving here to Oregon and is now building his stores back up? This "second molt" (explosion of feathers) started last week.
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Old 01-07-2015, 12:28 PM
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Re: Second molt?

Very possible!
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Old 01-07-2015, 12:31 PM
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Re: Second molt?

Quote: Originally Posted by Kiwibird View Post
Also might be interesting to note, a random splotch of blue is currently growing in right above his eye His blue is really looking asymmetrical and goofy these days, though it is REALLY expanding all of a sudden (he used to have very little blue). Debating some blueberry kool-aid to "even things out lololol (J/K). I'm also noticing bigger yellow on his wings. He's getting to be quite the stunner! Still weird that he's molting again. It seems to be mostly his "accent" colors spreading all of a sudden.
I think Kiwi passed "getting to be a stunner" long long ago!
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Old 01-07-2015, 12:32 PM
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Re: Second molt?

I get quite amused watching Mango preen an then ruffle his feathers, releasing a down "floaty" or 2, then goes nuts trying to chase it down!
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