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Re: Age....

Posted by Deborah on December 17, 2011 at 12:48:57:

In Reply to: Age.... posted by Kath on December 17, 2011 at 02:05:58:

Do you mean it has no feathers except a few pin feathers? I hope not, because it would be way too young to go home! You aren't handfeeding it,are you?

If it's fully feathered with a few pinfeathers, that gives you no information at all about age -- birds molt feathers throughout their lives, typically once or twice a year but it is not uncommon for captive birds to molt more or less continuously.

If the bird has a band on its leg, you can figure out the age from that. I'm not an expert in reading bands, but I think in most countries the band contains the hatch year.

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