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Date Posted: 12:55:31 01/09/08 Wed
Author: Michele
Author Host/IP: 67.39.103.36
Subject: Re: male button molting
In reply to: Terri 's message, "male button molting" on 14:16:50 01/08/08 Tue

Hi Terri,

Button Quail molt quite frequently, both male and female, but you should never see any actual bald patches on them if it's truly molting. You'll find loose feathers all over the cage, and will see the new "pin" feathers coming in through the regular feathers, but bald patches generally indicate something else. If your male's back only is bald than I would guess he's being plucked by one of his cage-mates. Once it starts, it's hard to get stopped too. The best thing to do would be to separate him so that the feathers can grow back. I generally just put a screen divider in the cage so that the quails stay acquainted, but can't get at each other. When the feathers are back in, remove the divider and watch closely to see that the cycle doesn't start all over, as sometimes it takes several separations to break the habit.

Best of luck and Happy Quails!

Michele

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  • Re: male button molting -- Sarah, 14:03:49 03/06/16 Sun

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