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Molting or plucking?

Hey all Its been a while since I've been on this forum due to my lack of time, but it is great to be back.
I have a question about my AG Lulu who turned 1 year 18th january. Recently she has been loosing a lot feathers and it is worrying me! I dont know if she is going through a big molt or if she is plucking her feathers? She has a bare spot on her neck. When she stretches her neck you can see her skin.
She is a happy and talkative bird. I bath her once or twice a week and she gets enough sleep. Here you have some pictures, and all feathers she is loosing are whole feathers like this one on the pic:


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Re: Molting or plucking?

I don't think I'd be worried about that bare spot unless it gets a lot bigger. With many birds you can see their skin when they puff out their feathers and stretch. It's also in kind of a weird spot for plucking as it's hard to reach.

I think she is probably just molting. If you start seeing large bare patches, especially on the belly, then you should be worried about plucking. I have been watching Merlin like a hawk because she had started plucking in her previous home when her owners had to travel a lot. So far I haven't seen her doing it here, but she is molting right now. Actually she has some new feathers in the plucked area now, so I hope that means she isn't doing it anymore.
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Re: Molting or plucking?

My Rosie has her major molt at that age. She molted everything including wings and tails. Not to worry. She looked raggy like your photos.
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