What Is Molting?

Molting is a very normal and healthy process for birds. However, too much feather loss can be a sign of illness. In order to understand what is healthy for your bird, it is important to first understand what molting is.

What is Molting?

Molting is when your bird replaces most of their old feathers with new ones. This can occur over several days or several months depending on the bird species. During this period, your bird might feel more stressed and will sing less often. This is normal for many species of birds!

Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do to help make the molting process easier for your bird.

  1. Increase their food intake. Some species have special molting food available. If they don’t, it is recommended to increase their food intake by 25%.

  2. Keep them warm. It is important to make sure that your bird is warm when they’re losing their feathers. Keep your pet in a place that doesn’t have drafts so that they can still be nice and comfortable while they wait for their new feathers to grow in.

  3. Provide peace and quiet. Since molting is stressful for your pet, you want to make sure that your bird is in a quiet and safe place. Molting is an energy intensive process and they will need plenty of time to rest.

If your pet is losing feathers, but it is not during their regular molting period, it is important that you keep an eye on their health. Some birds will lose their feathers if they are bored, not getting enough sunlight, they aren’t getting the right nutrients, the air is to dry or humid, or they are sick. It is best that you bring them to a medical professional for advice. You can also visit our store to make sure that your pet is receiving proper nutrition.

If you have any questions about the molting process or the type of food that you should be feeding your pet, visit our Mineola store. We have all the food and nutrients your pet needs to live a long and healthy life.

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