Golden Mantled Rosella

by Emma
(Blackburn, Lancs)

Sparky, Golden Mantle Rosella, enjoying out of cage time

Sparky, Golden Mantle Rosella, enjoying out of cage time

Hi I have a 9 month old Male Golden Mantle Rosella. He is our first bird. He lives in a large cage with plenty of toys and we also let him out to fly once a day. We spray him every day and he also has his own bath usually on a Wednesday when he gets soaking wet as does my carpet haha.

He has just started what I think must be his first molt after reading up on him but what Im worried about is he has only got 2 tail feathers left and there doesnt seem to be anymore growing. Is this normal and if so how long will it take approx for them to grow back?

I would also like to say well done with this site Ive enjoyed looking around at the different kinds of parrots.

Thanks for your time

Emma

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May 20, 2010
Flying
by: Emma

Weve had Sparky since December and he comes out of his cage very easily but hes a begger to go back in!

He was very timid and still wont let us handle him but he has just started to take food off us so we are getting there slowly :)

Id suggest leaving the cage doors open and see what happens Im sure one day it will surprise you :)

Emma

May 20, 2010
help
by: christie

We have just inherreted a golden mantled. He is very timid and will not come out of his cage. He is our first bird and we do not know how old he is. He has a very large cage but i would really like him to come out for a fly. Any tips on how to acheive this and about handleing him. Thanks

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May 04, 2010
Tail feathers
by: Emma

Just thought I'd let you know that Sparky's tail feathers are growing a treat and look really really good :)

x

Apr 16, 2010
Golden Mantled Rosella
by: Linda

Emma, glad to hear from you, and your little bird is beautiful! Molts take whatever time they take, and it varies with individual birds.

Hopefully, you have your bird on an organic, high quality pelleted diet, and I recommend Harrison's as we've been using it for over 17 years with our Amazons and are very pleased with their condition. Birds eating an all seed diet will not have good skin and feathers, and are suffering physically from a lack of nutrition. Tracie carries several kinds out here, and you can kind of mix and match to give bird a variety. Always follow directions on packages as to how to feed and how much to feed. Organics have to be refrigerated and warmed to room temp before feeding(1 hour or less). Harrisons' Birdy Bread Mix will help in the change-over plus it is a delicious, wholesome treat food for parrots. Get organic red palm oil, Sunshine Factor to put in it which will help bird's skin and feather production get to be what it is supposed to be.

If your bird has not been checked out by an Avian Vet, then he needs a checkup to makes sure he has no infections or other physical problems. BEFORE CHANGING DIET OR PUTTING HIM UNDER ANY OTHER KINDS OF STRESS, PLEASE MAKE SURE HE HAS A CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH FROM AN AVIAN VET. Birds need to see Avian Vets once a year every year as this helps to catch infections or other problems BEFORE they get out of hand.

Thanks for writing,
Linda

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