feather growth

by Kim Boustany
(Michigan)

Do birds grow new feathers even when they are not molting? I have a caique who is 5 months old and lately I've been noticing new pin feathers coming in on his head and neck and between his shoulders. I'm not seeing any feather loss except for a few grey downy underfeathers and even then, not alot. I don't think he is molting, I had heard that they don't have their first molt until around 12 months old. Any info on this would be appreciated. Thanks!

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Dec 31, 2011
Bird molting normal
by: The Avian Vet

That information is incorrect. Your bird is molting. Molting is the act of replacing old worn feathers. He is molting in his first juvenile feathers and this is the normal age for that.

Birds molt almost continuously. Down feathers are constantly molted, body contour feathers are also molted most of the year, but the wing and tail feathers are generally molted annually or even once in 2 years.

Dr B

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