About a month ago Mika started molting her down feathers. She was antsy and annoyed by it, which is normal. Now, she is very aggitated with molting her down feathers which are not the white fluffy things, but dark, tiny featherlettes which get caught in her beak. She's really stressed out.
Is this just something she'll go through and be over with? Do I need to do anything to soothe her?
She gets showers regularly.
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Is this just something she'll go through and be over with? Do I need to do anything to soothe her? She gets showers regularly.

It's normal and she'll be fine, although a bit crankier perhaps :-) Preening away the old growth and removing feather shafts is one thing which would go a bit easier with a birdie friend. Some birds may benefit by the helping hand of a hooman, but in most cases just get irritated with clumsy attempts to help. Dill absolutely loves scritches, but will want me to leave him alone when the pin feathers start poking through.

Dave
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Is this just something she'll go through and be over with? Do I need to do anything to soothe her? She gets showers regularly.

It's normal and she'll be fine, although a bit crankier perhaps :-) Preening away the old growth and removing feather ... help. Dill absolutely loves scritches, but will want me to leave him alone when the pin feathers start poking through.

Since she has no bird mate, I am the one who does her feather sheaths on the head and wherever I notice she can't reach. She LOVES when I do this. I have a great magnifying lamp with a light so I can see where the blood is and I gently crack the wax and she loves it.

I've never seen her go through this tiny feather thing, just the down. She's four years old, do you think she'll lay eggs any time soon? She's a Hahn's Macaw. I found some specific info about her breed, but not too much.
It's normal and she'll be fine, although a bit crankier ... leave him alone when the pin feathers start poking through.

Since she has no bird mate, I am the one who does her feather sheaths on the head and wherever ... eggs any time soon? She's a Hahn's Macaw. I found some specific info about her breed, but not too much.

Does she have access to a bath? She may or may not take them. If she will not a light misting will help. As to eggs, without a mate she may never lay, which is prefered. If she does, you will have to play it by ear and see how it goes. You don't want her laying too many eggs.

"Everything in excess! To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites. Moderation is for monks."
(Lazarus Long)
Since she has no bird mate, I am the one ... some specific info about her breed, but not too much.

Does she have access to a bath? She may or may not take them. If she will not a light ... will have to play it by ear and see how it goes. You don't want her laying too many eggs.

She takes a cool shower with me every day on her perch. Actually, the cooler the water, the more the winging and flopping she does. She loves the shower, but won't go into a pan with water. She tries, and I tried to teach her how to do it, but she gets water up her nose, then she shnots all over the place, etc Emotion: smile
On the eggs, nothing would please me more than if she doesn't lay eggs. I don't know what to look for.
On the eggs, nothing would please me more than if she doesn't lay eggs. I don't know what to look for.

They look like little egg shaped things.
With kind regards
Chu
She takes a cool shower with me every day on her perch. Actually, the cooler the water, the more the ... the eggs, nothing would please me more than if she doesn't lay eggs. I don't know what to look for.

The shower is fine. In the wild these birds get wet a lot, they need it. Problem is often when raised in captivity they do not like water, but they need moister in the feathers. Does not matter how they get it. My B&G Macaw will take a bath occasionally. He lets me know when he wants to. It's not often enough though so I mist him often. He does NOT like it, but will tolerate it.
As to eggs, if she starts, get back to us. Many will have suggestions as to how to help if it gets out of hand. If she lays one or 2 and stops, no big deal. If she starts laying more often you will want to try things to slow it down, but no point worrying about it now since it may well never happen.
I almost bought a Hahn's many years ago. They are great little birds. You should have a life time of enjoyment with her. You do have an Avian Vet? They should be checked yearly. Then if something ever does come up you have a Dr. that has records for the bird.

"Everything in excess! To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites. Moderation is for monks."
(Lazarus Long)
The shower is fine. In the wild these birds get wet a lot, they need it. Problem is often when ... be checked yearly. Then if something ever does come up you have a Dr. that has records for the bird.

I do have an avian vet and brought her immediately when she arrived for her baby visit. She's been to the vet twice since then, but I didn't have them do labs each time. She'll go next month for this year.
This may not matter, but whenever I have any incident here, be it bleeding from a too deep cut nail, to her being malaise and sleepy and they put it in her file. If she doesn't do it the next day, it's probably just me being overly cautious.
When she was about a year old she would take all her food bowls and flip them over for fun. Yay, ha ha ha! So, I constructed this thing which held the bowls in place, but now she no longer had three seperate foraging stations on her gym. Well, this bird went into a funk that scared me to death! She didn't want kisses, or snuggles, or anything usual. We went to the vet and I was told to put her bowls back. Problem solved. So now the stainless cups are held in place with a small bungee and all is well.
Have you ever tried buying a large shower perch for your B&G? They are more stable and Mika gets a good grip. I love my Hahn's. My mother has an Amazon (orange winged), Sun Conure and a Tiel. My mom is in her 70s and her birds range from 20 to 35. Amazon is 35. I will inherit them when she dies. What will happen when I die is another story, but I spoke with Marc Marrone from Parrots of the World and he said he'd take them. I'm only 50, but anything is possible.
Have you ever tried buying a large shower perch for your B&G? They are more stable and Mika gets a ... Marc Marrone from Parrots of the World and he said he'd take them. I'm only 50, but anything is possible.

NO!! I value my person too much!! My Macaw does not like water. If you try to take him in the shower he will put up a fight. I would not want him in there with me naked. . When he decides he wants a bath he will really go at it, even putting is head under the water, makes one hell of a mess. Problem is he will rarely decide he wants one.

"Everything in excess! To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites. Moderation is for monks."
(Lazarus Long)
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