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Old 07-13-2011, 05:50 AM
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Senegal moulting?

Hellooo all. I'm used to seeing my budgie's molt and know why they're itchy around X time and I can see on their heads etc. that they're molting.

But Merlin is just... scratching his head like mad. I'm going to treat him for mites (which I'm almost certain he doesn't have... but no harm in being cautious!).

He is about 14 weeks old and I was just wondering if anyone knew if Senegals begin to molt around this age? & if that's what the scratching could be down to?

Poor guy only had one leg to use to scratch so it's very frustrating for him.
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Re: Senegal moulting?

nut went crazy itchy just before she started growin her pin feathers earlier this yr!

try spritzing him daily for now
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Old 07-13-2011, 06:11 AM
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Re: Senegal moulting?

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nut went crazy itchy just before she started growin her pin feathers earlier this yr!

try spritzing him daily for now
He doesn't like being spritzed! Haha. I think that's the problem, he's just always dropping what he's doing to lie down and scratch so I think he might be getting some new feathers in, I'm not worried about him being- ill or anything, guess I'll just keep helping him scratch and wait it out.
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Old 07-13-2011, 06:40 AM
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Re: Senegal moulting?

Quote: Originally Posted by Mayden View Post
Hellooo all. I'm used to seeing my budgie's molt and know why they're itchy around X time and I can see on their heads etc. that they're molting.

But Merlin is just... scratching his head like mad. I'm going to treat him for mites (which I'm almost certain he doesn't have... but no harm in being cautious!).

He is about 14 weeks old and I was just wondering if anyone knew if Senegals begin to molt around this age? & if that's what the scratching could be down to?

Poor guy only had one leg to use to scratch so it's very frustrating for him.

That sounds awfully young for a molt. Tiki didn't start really molting until after she turn 12 months old. It was more like 14-15 months old. Are you sure your bird doesn't have MITES?
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Re: Senegal moulting?

if his skin feels kinda prickly/lumpy then yes most prob feathers comin in lol

keep up with the spritzing or bathing of some form, try spraying him when his on your shoulders etc lol spray yourself in front of him etc


but as mike said could be mites, vet visit to be sure!
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Old 07-13-2011, 01:32 PM
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Re: Senegal moulting?

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if his skin feels kinda prickly/lumpy then yes most prob feathers comin in lol

keep up with the spritzing or bathing of some form, try spraying him when his on your shoulders etc lol spray yourself in front of him etc


but as mike said could be mites, vet visit to be sure!
Wouldn't say it feels prickly... I've just been to the vets but forgot to ask about that - I see him again next wednesday so I'll mention it to him then. I'm almost certain he doesn't have mites, but I will be mite treating him /just incase/.

Ill just keep bathing him, he has done it less since yesterday and I've soaked him a bunch more than usual
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Re: Senegal moulting?

awww keep us up dated, don't mite treat him till his been to vets an its been confirmed, especially if his not as itchy an scratchy lol

just keep soakin him for now, as i know that some of the mite preps can have adverse reactions etc
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