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Old 01-13-2021, 06:47 PM
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Paprika’s first molt

Paprika is going full swing into her first molt and is losing a lot of feathers. It’s very different then Basil, my male, who never really looks deshoveled even in the middle of his molt. She has some patchiness to her molt and I am probably being an over cautious dad because it’s worrying me at times.

I’ve checked her pin feathers and those that have opened do not show any signs of stress bars. She is on a mostly fresh diet other, with getting tops pellets if I cannot be home for a feeding switch (morning / nighttime fresh food) and an occasional nutriberries for a treat.

Her tail looks very ratty too but always has.

I’ll try to take pictures later as she took a shower this afternoon and she is still a little damp.

I’m probably just worried for nothing.


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Old 01-13-2021, 07:25 PM
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Re: Paprika’s first molt



See how just above the bib line she has those dark spots where the base of the lower feathers are showing? Am I just being too protective of a dad?

She’s turned seven months on January 10. She doesn’t talk yet but jibber jabbers nonstop and I believe she is starting to make some sounds that sound like phrases like “Hello Paprika” and “I love you”.


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Re: Paprika’s first molt

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See how just above the bib line she has those dark spots where the base of the lower feathers are showing? Am I just being too protective of a dad?

She’s turned seven months on January 10. She doesn’t talk yet but jibber jabbers nonstop and I believe she is starting to make some sounds that sound like phrases like “Hello Paprika” and “I love you”.


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I AM NOOOOT an ekkie expert at all--- never owned one, but when my cockatoos feathers look like that it is usually because she is over-preening them. It could be totally different in these guys because they are so sensitive to diet compared to other species--- so do wait for others to chime in. The two points are directly near where she could comfortably chew on either side, or at least that's what it looked like in the picture...Then again, ekkies are unique, and parrots in general are tricky, so, hang in there and I hope others will confirm or deny what I have guessed.

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Re: Paprika’s first molt

Young Parrots and pretty tail feathers rarely occur in the same sentence. The combination of turning in the cage and side bars tend to work together in providing ratty tail feathers.

Molting or over-preening feather look much alike when first starting. Search for the feathers that have come out /been removed. Commonly, a molted feather will appear much like the same feather still on the Parrot. A chewed feather is a good indicator of over-preening.

As stated above, with ekkie's, its DIET, Diet, diet and assure that your's is getting a very healthy diet is critical. Dig deep in the Ekkie Sub-forum for discussion about their diet is well worth your time and effort.
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Old 01-13-2021, 08:04 PM
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Re: Paprika’s first molt

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Young Parrots and pretty tail feathers rarely occur in the same sentence. The combination of turning in the cage and side bars tend to work together in providing ratty tail feathers.

Molting or over-preening feather look much alike when first starting. Search for the feathers that have come out /been removed. Commonly, a molted feather will appear much like the same feather still on the Parrot. A chewed feather is a good indicator of over-preening.

As stated above, with ekkie's, its DIET, Diet, diet and assure that your's is getting a very healthy diet is critical. Dig deep in the Ekkie Sub-forum for discussion about their diet is well worth your time and effort.

The feathers that are coming out are intact and do not look chewed or over preened. I literally have a bag of them that I was keeping since this is her first molt. Her tail has been ratty since she was little because she likes to fly to and land on the blinds and usually gets her tail all smushed in.

None of the feathers that I have found look like any signs of self destruction. The new pin feathers look like they are opening normally. She’s not chewing them either. They just seem to be in big clumps causing the “dark spots” in the photos because you can see the darker base of the feathers since the pin feathers haven’t filled out.

Her diet is all fresh chop with beans, veggies, fruits, and nuts. She is my second eclectus, as my male recently turned 23 years old. Her diet is much better then his and I am trying to get his stubborn butt to eat more fresh stuff.

Again I will go back and reread all the stuff. I can post pictures of the feathers coming out if that helps.


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Re: Paprika’s first molt

Here are photos of feathers. First pic are ones I just pulled out of bottom of cage. Second are ones I am saving in a bag for future. I am sentimental like that.




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Re: Paprika’s first molt

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Young Parrots and pretty tail feathers rarely occur in the same sentence. The combination of turning in the cage and side bars tend to work together in providing ratty tail feathers.

Molting or over-preening feather look much alike when first starting. Search for the feathers that have come out /been removed. Commonly, a molted feather will appear much like the same feather still on the Parrot. A chewed feather is a good indicator of over-preening.

As stated above, with ekkie's, its DIET, Diet, diet and assure that your's is getting a very healthy diet is critical. Dig deep in the Ekkie Sub-forum for discussion about their diet is well worth your time and effort.

The feathers that are coming out are intact and do not look chewed or over preened. I literally have a bag of them that I was keeping since this is her first molt. Her tail has been ratty since she was little because she likes to fly to and land on the blinds and usually gets her tail all smushed in.

None of the feathers that I have found look like any signs of self destruction. The new pin feathers look like they are opening normally. She’s not chewing them either. They just seem to be in big clumps causing the “dark spots” in the photos because you can see the darker base of the feathers since the pin feathers haven’t filled out.

Her diet is all fresh chop with beans, veggies, fruits, and nuts. She is my second eclectus, as my male recently turned 23 years old. Her diet is much better then his and I am trying to get his stubborn butt to eat more fresh stuff.

Again I will go back and reread all the stuff. I can post pictures of the feathers coming out if that helps.


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EDIT-- I think sailboat is probably right- see below especially if all feathers (away from beak reach) have a the same texture on the ends--although tails etc will vary due to birds being birds. Still , I have never owned an ekkie.

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Re: Paprika’s first molt

The molted feathers look great!

The dark areas are likely the under feathers which are normally a mid-to-darker gray color and will look like dark spots when exposed.
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Re: Paprika’s first molt

It’s hard to see the base of the molted feathers, but they don’t look intact - though these body feathers arent always deeply rooted. But you know what a molt looks like so I’ll take your word that the feathers are normal.

She’s right at the age for her first molt, so it’s great news that it’s happening! You’ve got her on the right diet for a molt (slightly upped plant proteins and calcium). You’re doing great
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Re: Paprika’s first molt

My guy started a pretty big molt about a week or so ago. Have to say, where my first Ekkie was a life long plucker, I always panic a little, even though I know it's just a normal molt. Maybe it's just Ekkies, but always interesting how one wispy little feather can cover so much, or look bare when it's not there. I think she looks great for a baby in mid-molt. That too shall pass.

BTW, I save feathers sometimes too, the big pretty ones. I put them in a skinny vase like a bouquet. It's beautiful and I get lots of comments about how unique it is

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