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Growing Feathers

25 Nov

I shared that Mama Phoenix started molting when she came into the house, and, thankfully, she’s slowing down on losing feathers.

Mama Phoenix

She’s not completely naked, but she still looks kind of ragged though.

She’s starting to grow new feathers in.  It can be kind of uncomfortable because it’s like straws growing through the skin.  Each feather is wrapped in a casing as it grows.  As the bird preens, it breaks the casing loose and it comes off.  You can see the two feathers in the top of the picture below that are starting to look like paint brushes where the casing is just starting to loosen.

Mama is at a distinct disadvantage with not having a beak.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s casing detritus all over the table, but she’s not having a lot of success getting them cleaned off.

The hardest are those tiny feathers on the top of her head.

I found something to help her.
I just gently rub her with the scotch pad to help loosen them.  She seems to like it.