False moult, causes, effects and remedies


1. What are the causes ?

False moult is not a disease ! It is caused by a sudden change: Light, temperature, draft or stress.

2. The effects of a false moult

The zebrafinch enters a period of out-of-season moulting which will weaken it. To be avoided during breeding or competition period.
The bird victim of a false molt will need a supply of vitamins and minerals to help regrowth of the feathers.

3. A remedy used by breeders

To remedy this false moult, there is a method used by breeders which consists of letting a peeled and cut onion macerate in a liter of water for 3 to 4 days (protected from light).
Then, put a tablespoon of the juice obtained in a liter of water and distribute in the drinking trough for a week, renewing this mixture every day.


Black breast gray zebra finch

4. Why the onion ?

The onion is composed of minerals, trace elements and several vitamins, these have an impact on the growth and the quality of the plumage.
Here is a link that summarizes the composition of onion : Onion composition.

5. To behave

It will be necessary to take care to distribute a balanced food and to provide vitamins for the moult. Also place the zebra finch in a quiet, well-lit place, away from drafts and temperature changes.

Tony Lombard, amateur breeder.
Article published in 2018.

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