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Macaw and plucking feathers

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recently my 3 years old Macaw from time to time I see few feathers fallen, not sure if she started Molting or it is an issue with my Bird.

I have not had her for long yet to see proper molting as of yet, I really do not know how does it start or ends with these birds.

I would say 2 or 3 feathers a week are lost medium-size ones.The question, is this considered an issue or is it normal behavior to lose one or two feathers a week? or is she started the molting process? pls see the sample below

should i take her to Vet for this ?

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Re: Macaw and plucking feathers

Welcome to you and your young macaw! The feathers you submitted appear well worn and naturally detached. Can you post one or more pics of entire bird for reference?

Doesn't appear to be a serious problem with the caveat of not seeing your bird in entirety. A periodic "well check" of a parrot with certified avian vet (if available) always a good idea. Does your macaw bathe frequently, what sort of diet?
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Re: Macaw and plucking feathers

I agree those look naturally molted feathers.
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Welcome to you and your young macaw! The feathers you submitted appear well worn and naturally detached. Can you post one or more pics of entire bird for reference?

Doesn't appear to be a serious problem with the caveat of not seeing your bird in entirety. A periodic "well check" of a parrot with certified avian vet (if available) always a good idea. Does your macaw bathe frequently, what sort of diet?
Thanks for your advice, below is a bird picture.

I will take her some time to the Vet soon when Covid-19 restrictions waved.

I bathe her once a week and she is on somewhat good average diet. like Fresh vegies, fruits, nuts, seeds and sometimes home food, like cooked vegies, rice and beans.

she sleeps well 12 -13 hours a day. Yes, the cage is small for her but can not help at the moment until I get her new customized one.

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12-13 hours of sleep a day is impressive.
Does she spend much time out of the cage?
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12-13 hours of sleep a day is impressive.
Does she spend much time out of the cage?
Yes she does , average 3 hours per day and sometimes more
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12-13 hours of sleep a day is impressive.
Does she spend much time out of the cage?
Yes she does , average 3 hours per day and sometimes more
Nice, good for her.

It's been my experience flight training can help promote positive feather maintenance, a good coat. That is of course if she is not clipped.

Regarding molting, Meisha does not engage in a dedicated molting cycle. Artificial lighting could be a factor. She might lose a couple in a week. She can weeks without losing any.
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Welcome to you and your young macaw! The feathers you submitted appear well worn and naturally detached. Can you post one or more pics of entire bird for reference?

Doesn't appear to be a serious problem with the caveat of not seeing your bird in entirety. A periodic "well check" of a parrot with certified avian vet (if available) always a good idea. Does your macaw bathe frequently, what sort of diet?
Thanks for your advice, below is a bird picture.

I will take her some time to the Vet soon when Covid-19 restrictions waved.

I bathe her once a week and she is on somewhat good average diet. like Fresh vegies, fruits, nuts, seeds and sometimes home food, like cooked vegies, rice and beans.

she sleeps well 12 -13 hours a day. Yes, the cage is small for her but can not help at the moment until I get her new customized one.

Feathers overall look terrific, she's a beauty. All else sounds excellent, so I wouldn't worry much about the feather loss pending eventual visit with vet.
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