Small, big, furry, or feathered — we all love our adorable pets. No matter how they look, each one of them is a cute addition to any family. Parakeets, for example, are the best beginner pet, as they are easy to care for and friendly. But what should we do when our little friend is starting to lose feathers? Do we worry and rush to the vet, or do we try and help them on our own? What may seem like an illness could actually be something natural and normal. It’s time to learn all about molting — times, symptoms, and behavior.
What is Molting?
Molting is a part of the parakeet’s cycle and is described as the replacement of all the feathers. The process doesn’t happen all at once, so our little friend can still fly and stay warm. However, bald spots patches are not normal and may be a sign of stress or illness.
New feathers look like white, sharp stubs which are also known as pin-feathers. As a result of those, the parakeet’s head gets a spiky look.
While time isn’t a good indicator for molting, most parakeets do it on a semiannual basis. Parakeets are capable of molting at any time so there is no predictable schedule. However, the first molting occurs when our little friends are around 10 to 12 weeks old.
A normal cycle shouldn’t last more than two or three weeks on average. Anything longer than that should raise alarms as a prolonged cycle could be a sign of health issues.
The most common symptom of molding is, you guessed it, falling feathers. But don’t worry, as new feathers should grow pretty fast to replace the lost ones. The parakeet can look a bit fluffy at times as a result of the still-growing feathers. We advise you to keep track of your parakeet’s average molting symptoms. That will help you notice anything out of the ordinary when that time of the year comes around.
Tip: You should be on the lookout for bald spots. As previously stated, feathers should grow fast to fill out the gaps. If that doesn’t happen, a veterinary check is recommended.
Molting is very taxing for any birds, especially the little parakeets. You might notice that your pet is less lively and more sleepy. That is perfectly normal, as they are conserving energy and getting some well-deserved rest.
On the other hand, some parakeets will panic and be jumpier than usual. If your friendly pet seems a bit more aggressive than usual, don’t worry and don’t judge them. It’s normal behavior for the molting cycle.
A Friend in Need
Overall, molting is a natural process that most birds go through. Even if it might seem strange to some, the replacement of feathers is something that parakeets must experience every year. However, if something seems suspicious, it’s better to get professional help. Never be ashamed to ask questions or get help.
Patience and love are what you should give to your little chirping friend. Be there for them and they will surely enchant all your days with amazing tunes.