We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.
624 Coleman Boulevard,
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
Phone: (843) 216-8800
Fax: (843) 216-8800
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Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The proud new owner of the Mt. Pleasant store is Danielle Motley. If you need anything please do not hesitate to contact us! We are very passionate about our store and our hobby!
Just as people make seasonal wardrobe changes, many birds are beginning a transformation of their own, losing and replacing their 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 (pictured above) 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.
For the next few months, offer high-protein bird foods, such as Nyjer® (thistle), peanuts, Jim’s Birdacious® Bark Butter® and mealworms, to ensure that your birds have a reliable source of protein 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.
Summer is the most heavily bird-populated season in most of North America. Access to bird feeders allows nesting females to spend less time foraging, which can lead to better protection of eggs from predators, earlier fledging of the nestlings and higher survival rates of the broods.
Once fledglings leave the nest, watch as their parents teach them to eat from your feeders. It's a fascinating interaction!
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