chronic non-stop molting in cockatiel
My 2 year old female white cockatiel is molting non-stop. I've had her since she was approximately 4 months of age. I also have a 14 year old male and two other 2 year old males. The 2 year olds all came from the same place and the boys aren't having this trouble.
She eats seeds, gets oat treats, seed sticks, millet and most of the seed is fortified, especially the one kind. They also get fresh food of corn, peas, rice, baby spinach, eggs (sometimes with crushed shell)and whatever else they will eat.
They aren't fond of any other fruits or veggies for the most part. The only stress I can see she may have is that one of the little boys is in "love" with her but she has already mated with my 14 year old. The baby in love with her gets to be pesty and follows her and crowds her space and I try to intervene best I can.
Many times if I try to preen her a feather will come out that is still cased half way up and I notice this happens to her too, it is as they were weak or something. They don't seem to hurt her when they do this. I preen only her head.
My house is pretty steady temperature wise, they get covered at night, I try to keep the humidity up over 40, they get fairly frequent showers. I'm at a loss and am somewhat worried that this may be taking it's toll on her. I thought it was finally over and she was almost pin feather free and now she's losing feathers again and has so many pin feathers that I can't even pet her head because they hurt her.
These guys can smell vitamins a million miles away so putting extra in food or water is out of the question because they won't eat or drink when they know it's there. They all have separate cages and I have her cage next to the 14 year olds, then the other male and then the 2 year old that wants to be her mate. I can't think of anything else that may help to mention.
I'd sure appreciate any input! They do get out everyday plus cuddle time with me individually and I have started putting the 2 young boys in their cages at least 1/2 before bedtime and leave just her and sometimes the 14 year old out by themselves. The two young males fight with each other and different combinations of who they are with individually depends on if there will be a squabble...still working on that too. Thanks so much