Mooting?

Bellarosy

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Hi folks,

My Indian ringneck is 11 months old and I think started last couple weeks he’s started to molt, and since last few days o noticed bald part on his head too. Is this normal? Do birds molt on their head too?

Appreciate any feedback!

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Jexnell

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Molting is typically seasonal. Summer going into fall/winter and winter going into spring. They drop the older feathers for thicker or thinner ones depending on the season going into. Yes they could get a bald spot during this process. When the new feathers come in the have a protective sheaf over them. They can get this off on most of thier body. The ones on it's neck and head you will need to help and get this off. Normally flockmates would do this. Since your it's flock now it's up to you. They may also like more bathes, misting during the molt and it helps with the itching they suffer thru.
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Here you can see some new feathers, called pin feathers, till the sheaf is off.
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And the results of a good pin feather husk removal session.
I pinch the tip off with thumb and for forefinger, the gently roll the rest and it will fall to bits as seen above.
 
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Bellarosy

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Molting is typically seasonal. Summer going into fall/winter and winter going into spring. They drop the older feathers for thicker or thinner ones depending on the season going into. Yes they could get a bald spot during this process. When the new feathers come in the have a protective sheaf over them. They can get this off on most of thier body. The ones on it's neck and head you will need to help and get this off. Normally flockmates would do this. Since your it's flock now it's up to you. They may also like more bathes, misting during the molt and it helps with the itching they suffer thru.
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Here you can see some new feathers, called pin feathers, till the sheaf is off.
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And the results of a good pin feather husk removal session.
I pinch the tip off with thumb and for forefinger, the gently roll the rest and it will fall to bits as seen above.
Thank you Jexnell, that’s very informative and I really appreciate your above and beyond answer, cheers!
 

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