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Cosette Gagne

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Cosette Gagne
Hello all!
This is my first post. I've been lurking on the forums for a bit. Got my Yellow sided GCC in March of this year. He is now 6 months old. I believe he has started molting but I'm not quite sure.
We have had a couple really nice, warm days here in New England. I took him for a walk last week and today is the first sign he's shown of possible molting. He woke me up 3 times this morning. Normally he wakes me up for breakfast on a weekend and I'm able to go back to sleep after that. Not today. (He is used to my work week schedule)
After that, I noticed him being very irritable and a significant behavior change. He is still chirping and alert as usual but he is scratching himself and preening like crazy. He is also biting much harder than normal. (It's normal for him to bite) It seems like he wants to be with me like normal but he also gets irritated much easier.
All he has lost so far are his little white tufty feathers. He's only had one pin feather this far so I figured this was too early too start molting...

This is my first bird so I'd appreciate any kind of feedback!
Thank you!

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BeanieofJustice

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Welcome to AA! Your baby is beautiful! What's his name?
I'm not sure exactly when they start molting but when my Jenday was six months he was molting and he was covered in pinnies for some time. Does your baby take baths in his water? Spritzing him with some water could help, what is the humidity like? I got a humidifier than helped both of my bird quite a bit.
 

Cosette Gagne

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His name is Jiji!
I bathe him every day as well as let him sit on a perch while I shower. I got a humidifier but have not hooked it up as I thought the humidness of the area I'm in would be enough. I will definitely change that if needed.
 

BeanieofJustice

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Kodigirl210

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GCC’s molt body contour feathers at 5-6 months followed by tail and wing. It is a long process that will actually take a few months to complete - it is not instantaneous.

The little white floofies are a sign it’s begun. You will eventually see tons of pins on their head, cheeks and neck.

Look up information on how to help your GCC with the pins as he will need since it doesn’t have anyone else to help preen him. Usually I use my nails to help split the pin lengthwise.

He won’t be able to get to the pins on the top of his head or his cheeks so you need to be there at the ready.

Length of time you suffer will be very proportional to how much he suffers, so read up and be in the know. If there is a YouTube video on it I would seek it out or use Google to find written information.

There is nothing you can do to placate him except to speedily help him get rid of the pins. ;)

He’s a baby so he should be on a high performance pellet. If for some reason he is not, switch him to it. He needs the extra nutrients and protein for feather making. We don’t want to strip his growing body of that for feathers.

Other than that best of luck to you!
 
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