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Is it feather plucking and should I be concerned?

Ninato

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Hii my pet, an baby Indian ringneck (he’s almost 4 months now) has been preening quite a lot and in the last 4-5 days he has been losing quite a lot of feathers (about 6 small feathers a day), there’s no bald spots or blood, he’s been active and acting as he always does, is this feather plucking or a possible illness and should I take him to a vet? I honestly tried to research a lot since I’m a new parrot mom but I dont think he Can molt this young.
 

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4 months is not too young to molt. Molting is a continuous process of feather replacement that starts as soon as they have their full set of feathers! So while sometimes there will be Big Molts where you wonder how he has any feathers at all, hell consistently lose feathers throughout the year too. Different things can encourage molting too - accidentally breaking a feather, a better diet, etc.

It's quite rare for a baby bird to pluck unless there is a health issue.

If he's never been to the vet, it's not a bad idea to go just do you can get established (especially since do many vets aren't accepting new patients or have 3 to 4 week waiting periods).
 

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If he's never been to the vet, it's not a bad idea to go just do you can get established (especially since do many vets aren't accepting new patients or have 3 to 4 week waiting periods).
That is a great idea. It could also be dry skin. Maybe check your humidity levels they should be about 40-60%, from what I've read online.
 

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4 months is not too young to molt. Molting is a continuous process of feather replacement that starts as soon as they have their full set of feathers! So while sometimes there will be Big Molts where you wonder how he has any feathers at all, hell consistently lose feathers throughout the year too. Different things can encourage molting too - accidentally breaking a feather, a better diet, etc.

It's quite rare for a baby bird to pluck unless there is a health issue.

If he's never been to the vet, it's not a bad idea to go just do you can get established (especially since do many vets aren't accepting new patients or have 3 to 4 week waiting periods).
Oh thank god! Thank you so much! I was kind of worried. I have an appointment with the vet soon, I’m searching for an avian vet but for now they’ll do.
 

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That is a great idea. It could also be dry skin. Maybe check your humidity levels they should be about 40-60%, from what I've read online.
Where I live we’ve been having quite a lot of rain so the weather is mostly humid, I do check that he drinks water and has his showers.
 
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