In Reply to: First molt posted by Terri on January 23, 2012 at 00:32:48:
Yes, he's probably molting. Scooter's cage looks like an explosion in a feather boa factory right now.
Extra baths certainly can't hurt, and making sure the environment is warm enough since there's a bit less insulation.
When new feathers grow in they are encased in a translucent "shell" a lot like the end of a shoelace. When the feather is fully grown in, they flake the casing off, and for birds without a birdie friend to preen them, the ones on their head and neck are difficult for them to do. So the human friend can "help" by flaking or gently squeezing them to get the casing off. HOWEVER, if the feather isn't quite ready, the bird will tell you in no uncertain terms. Usually by sqwaking to raise the dead, but possibly with a nip. I do it by "pinching" gently with my fingernails. YMMV.
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