Molting Green Cheek
by Jill Cohen
Will the casings (pin feathers) fall off on their own without me rubbing them. It seems there are several on the back of his neck that just won't budge. I have rubbed for a few weeks and they still seem stuck and though my bird enjoys me rubbing him he always ends up crying out if I try to pinch to help break them. Should I just let nature take its course?
I feel badly that in nature he would have a mate who could help and my fingers are too big to help him without pinching him. This is my first bird and first molt. Also, how often will he molt and how long does it last?
One more question, twice I noticed his claws so sharp as though they sharpened overnight although most times they are dull enough. This lasted a few days until I either clipped them out of necessity or he wore them down on his own. Consider this: I have fed him mangosteen fruit juice (Xango) twice and wondered if this could have had the effect of "sharpening" his nails since it makes my hair and nails grow extremely well and strong. Has anyone else noticed certain foods doing this to their birds?