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July 12, 2022

My budgie is losing feathers all over

My budgie is losing feathers, he’s not picking at them but I don’t think its a mile because he’s not losing head feathers. He’s not sick either and there are no weird patched of skin. Is this normal?


Hi Natalie,

As long as there are no bare areas of skin, then this sounds like a natural molt and will continue for several weeks. They lose old feathers and grow new ones but not all at the same time. Most birds go through a heavy molt like this about once a year, but they can lose and grow feathers year round.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,


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