air under skin of older female cockatiel

by Julie
(Owings Mills, MD)

I have a female cockatiel, obtained from a breeder 2 years ago. The breeder hand-fed her, but she had air bubbles under the skin around the back of her neck. The breeder told us there was nothing to be done for her, and we could just have her. She is a wonderful bird and loves my son....she is with him constantly. However, she is now 3 and the air bubbles seem to be getting bigger. Is there anything we can do for her?

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Aug 07, 2009
My bird has that too
by: Trace Simon

I recently rescued an orphaned Cedar Waxwing while at a friend's house, and I have noticed one of these air bubbles too. Peep seems to be happy, but this is worrying me.

Editor's note: Dr B answered this, the bird needs to see an avian vet. We do not post Email addresses.

May 21, 2009
Air pocket under bird's skin
by: The Vet

It is possible that a surgical correction can be performed. I would need to look at her to make that call,, but if you have an avian veterinarian in your are you should take her in. This is a condition that can often be corrected surgically, and should be attempted. This condition can be uncomfortable, and depending on the location of the air pockets, could create pressures on vital vessels, nerves, and other organs.

Dr B

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