4523 Kingwood Drive, Suite 130
Kingwood, TX 77345
Across from Torchy’s
Open Today Until 7:00 pm
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|Tuesday||10:00 am - 7:00 pm|
|Wednesday||10:00 am - 7:00 pm|
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Being Seasonally Savvy: Help Birds During Molting Season
Just as people make seasonal wardrobe changes, many birds are beginning a transformation of their own by replacing their old and worn feathers in a process known as molting.
Molting is when a bird replaces some (partial molt) or all (full molt) of its feathers.
This complicated process requires a lot of energy and may take up to eight weeks to complete. Molting is so physically demanding for most ducks and geese that they can't fly and will molt in seclusion to avoid predators.
Molting season varies by species and time of year. Right now many birds are beginning their main molt of the year, however American Goldfinches are one of the last to molt. Due to their late nesting period, they won't start their molt until late August.
Distinguishing birds that are molting from those that are not can be difficult. Though some birds may lose patches of feathers and appear "balding," most birds' feather loss and replacement are far less noticeable.
Feathers are made of more than 90% protein, primarily keratins, so every molting bird needs extra proteins to grow strong feathers for proper flight and effective insulation.
Research shows that a consistent and reliable source of food actually helps birds grow higher quality feathers. Keep your feeders filled and also offer high-protein foods such as Nyjer® (thistle), peanuts, Jim’s Birdacious® Bark Butter® and mealworms, to ensure that your birds have the reliable source of protein and fats to help them with molting.
Visit us soon for all of the high-protein foods that will meet your birds’ needs. We have everything you need to help your birds keep going (and re-growing feathers) during this critical time.
Where are the Birds? (Sept 15, Octavia Fields Library, Humble) We will discuss why bird feeding activity appears to decrease in September and October, other factors that can affect feeder activity.learn more
Hummingbirds of Harris County (Sept 22, Wild Birds Unlimited of Kingwood) For anyone who missed the previous Hummingbird presentations at the libraries in Kingwood and New Caney, we will be giving an encore presentation at our Wild Birds Unlimited Store in Kingwood.learn more
Bats of Texas (Oct 13, Wild Birds Unlimited of Kingwood) Rachel Shively, Research Associate, Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences of Texas A&M University will discuss bats in general, benefits of bats, bats in Texas including popular viewing locations and her research, and ways to provide good bat habitat.learn more