Prolonged molting in TAG?

by Gus
(Ontario Canada)

My 1.5-year-old TAG has been going through her first molt for about 4.5 months now. She seems in good health and is eating well. There are still some baby feathers on her wings and tail (as well as a few speckled here and there on her neck, head, and chest). Her neck is also covered with pin feathers, but you have to scratch her to notice them. Is this length of time normal for a molt? I've been feeding her plenty of supplemental vegetables, fruits, and protein sources (eggs, cheese, chicken meat)and have recently started giving her daily showers with an aloe juice/water mix.
(This has made her feathers exceptionally fluffy and distinct but doesn't seem to have hastened the process.)
Am I doing all the right things?
Is there anything else I might do? What is your opinion on the use of full spectrum lighting?
Thank you.

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Jun 28, 2008
Molting TAG
by: The Vet

This sounds like a normal molt to me – the right age, and the right amount of time.

What is important is that you feed a good diet. The best you can feed is Harrison's pellet. This should be 80% of the diet with fresh foods and other treats making up the rest.

Has your bird been seen by an avian veterinarian? She needs to go in once a year for exams, blood work and vaccinations. These visits will determine what is normal for your bird so the Dr can determine when something is abnormal, and will establish normal values for your bird. During the visit your Dr can look at your bird’s skin and feathers to determine if they are normal.

Also, you need to be sure your bird is drinking from a water bottle instead of a dish. Bottles are more sanitary.

Use the bath spray only 2 times weekly, and bathe with plain water a couple of times weekly too.

I encourage the use of full spectrum lights. The best one is the Zoo-Med AvianSun Lamp. Start with it at least 18 inches away from your bird and gradually move it closer after a week or so, and never closer than 12 inches away. Some birds have experienced sunburn when UV lamps are too close.

Dr B

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