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04-14-2003, 05:15 PM
my blue parakeet, who is about a year and a half, is making a lot more noise than normal, fine that is a given. it is a parakeet and they are all about playing. but what is concerning me is that it lost its long tail feathers. is this mulching before summer? we do live in california and it is hot out here? or is it something more serious?
your parakeet is moulting, and they usually lose feathers all year. my blue and gold macaw loses her tail twice a year(presents at the bottom of her cage(:) where at in california do you live? i live in dana point, southern calif. there are classes in san juan capistrano once a month on nutrition, behaviors, ect. through www.peac.org if your interested.
04-15-2003, 07:07 AM
Yes this is what he is doing. I also have a keet or Budgie which ever,am not too sure? she looks like a keet and is more on the Budgie side.Her name is pretty Girl,and yes she loves to play and sing all the time. She even calls her name and says hi. They can be trained just like any bird. The more time you spend the more things they will do. Well nice to meet you and hope to hear from you soon. Gail
04-15-2003, 05:18 PM
parakeets can be almost any long tailed parrot where as the small birds most people call parakeets are two types of budgies the English Budgie and the American Budgie.
04-15-2003, 05:25 PM
thanks guys i really do appreashiate it, i just came home one day and all the tail feathers were on the floor. i guess you can say it made me nervous. but i do appreashiate all the facts:D
04-15-2003, 08:42 PM
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04-15-2003, 10:24 PM
Do you mean that he lost them all at pretty much the same time, like within an hour or two? Do you know how many he lost?
04-20-2003, 08:56 AM
I agree with everybody, your bird is just molting and there is nothing to worry about. A little piece of information; there are some birds that if you grab their tail the bird has the ability of making the feather fall out. It's a defense they have in the wild so predators can't sneak up on them. Once the tail is grabbed the predator is standing there with a tail in it's hands and nothing else. Pretty kool I say.
04-22-2003, 02:17 PM
She molts all of her tail feathers out at once. So i have a tailess budgie. But you have nothing to worry about. Since it is molting I would try to give it more frequent baths with plain room temperature water. Do not wash with soap. The baths will soothe the itching feathers that are growing back in.