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    Molting and tailfeathers

    Ok, this may be a silly question, but I have a reason for posting it...we have a cockatiel named Charlie...very young, and this is his first molt, and he's a cinnamon. This is the molt that tells us whether or not Charlie's a girl or boy...that is if he falls into the typical feather patterns, which he should, I've noticed no pied markings.
    His tail feathers are falling out...and I was wondering how long it takes for them to grow back once they drop like that...
    If they come in solid...then we know he's a boy for sure! He's been exhibiting boy behavior, beak tapping, heart wings, chirping chirping, but I've learned this doesn't really mean much.
    Thank you for any responses!

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    Re: Molting and tailfeathers

    I haven't experienced multiple tailfeathers falling out on their own at the same time. The only time that's happened has been when they broke them off and that takes a longgg time to repair lol

    When they moult, it appears they lose a tailfeather or two at a time and they come back in within days of falling out as long as they fell out naturally. However, it takes a couples days more before you can actually see any color to it because it's still in the sheath

    Hope that helped a little, keep us updated!

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    Re: Molting and tailfeathers

    doing the happy dance...singing "I'm gonna know by the end of the weeeekkkkk"
    yes...they fell out naturally, and are quite beautiful, if I do say so myself...they are yellow with gray barring. There is one long solid white one on top at the moment, since the colored one fell out. There is the one on top that fell out, and one of the ones on the bottom. He's really miserable right now...poor little guy/girl!
    Loves the extra aloe and water mists he's getting in the meantime! =)

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    Re: Molting and tailfeathers

    Heartwings - is a boy. Out of all of mine I have never seen a female to heart wings... Beak taping yes but not heart wings.
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    Re: Molting and tailfeathers

    Sam's mom has a girl tiel that does heartwings, AND beak tapping, AND talks up a storm...I know the only TRUE way to know is a test, but with cinnamons I think you can accurately tell by visually sexing.

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