Amazon parrot scratching off feathers above beak

by Mario Quintanilla
(Texas)

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Dull coloration above cere

Hello,
Two weaks go I bought an amazon sold to me as a blue crowned amazon parrot. Aftter two days of being in my house he started to scratch above the cere and before the eye. At first it was only a couble of feathers that fell of but nos he has a patch about the size of half a penny where he has scratched of the feathers. I was told it was probably due to the kaytee bird formula getting stuck above these feathers, he was examined and doesent have mites or dry skin, he gets daily misting showers and is eating properly a combination of quality pellets and bird formula.

I have noticed that the color of the feathers (where a red lored would have red) is faded, not bright yellow like in some other parts of his body (cheeks). This has meade me wondered that possibly this bird was dyed. Can dried of baby formula cause this? Am I right to think that he is scratching of this feathers maybe beacuse of an alergic reaction, possibly to the dye? Theres still a couple of months until he gets his first molt, and I'm trying to figure out why he is scratching there, he has bruised of the area enough to bleed a bit, it was cleaned and desinfected.

Your opinion is greatly appreciated,
Mario

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Jul 22, 2013
Update
by: Mario

Guayo is now fully healed, and fully weaned he is doing great and has even started talking. He is eating his pellets wonderfully and is constantly playful and energetic. My final concern is, with a healed skin such as this (right now its as smooth as is can be, no scratches, no sores, but also no feathers in damaged area) will the feathers grow back in such cases? Does permanent folicular damage occur in self mutilation even if it was just a one time thing? I have read that when pulled out feathers usually grow back right away, it has been two weeks since the issue and at least a weak since the area is fully healed. Should i expect the new feather growth until his first molt or should it be already happening?

Thanks for your help,
Mario

Jul 12, 2013
Bird scratching off feathers
by: The Avian Vet

He should be on 1 feeding per day, not 3, at this age. He is old enough to actually be weaned, so you need to wean him. Stop giving formula in hr middle of the day first, then stop the morning feeding and then the evening feeding is the last to go. Make sure he has pellets in his cage at all times. He should be fully weaned in 7-10 days, sooner is better. Are you weighing him? If not, then it is imperative that you start now. Weigh in the mornings and monitor his weight daily to determine if he is eating enough on his own as you stop feeding.

As for the missing feathers, I cannot determine a cause without examining him. I also cannot recommend a specific treatment without examining him. I suggest that you make the drive to an avian veterinarian, or see someone closer with avian experience. I do not know what happened to your sun conure as I was not there, but if a bird dies under anesthesia, it could be because the bird had a problem unbeknownst to either you or the veterinarian.

Jul 10, 2013
Update
by: Anonymous

The bird is currently 3 months old and is being fed twice a day kaytee hand feeding formula and has available kaytee pellets all day long (changed every day). He has currently started eating some of the pellets but is still depending on the hand feeding formula. I bought it from a breeder in my area, but fear that he might have dyed the feathers perhaps trying to sell the bird maybe as a yellow headed. Hes wounds are healing properly and the bird other than that has no health issues, he is active, preening, and always energetic. There are no propper avian vets withing driving distance, the only one there is killed my sun conure with anesthesia. Other than frequent bathing (misting) what other thing would you recomentd to help with the itch in this area.

Jul 09, 2013
Amazon scratching off feathers
by: The Avian Vet

How old is this bird? Is he still being hand fed? Where did the bird come from? Formula dried on the feathers can cause irritation, scratching and subsequent feather loss, however there are other causes including dermatitis, allergy, and poor nutrition, among others. I am not familiar with the 'blue-crowned amazon' however, there is a blue-fronted amazon. The color may be due to his age. Young birds do not look like adults until they are 1.5-3 years old.

Dr B

Jul 08, 2013
Amazon parrot scratching off feathers above beak
by: Linda

Your bird is extremely young which is part of why the feathers are not as bright as they will be. This bird is in serious trouble here. Did you have him examined by an Avian Vet? If not, you will have to find an avian vet ONLY in your driving area and get him there as quickly as possible. He may be having an allergic reaction to many different things. If you are feeding 80-85% of his diet in organic pellets, he is getting the nutrition he needs. If the pellets you're feeding contain preservatives, dyes, sugars or other chemicals, you will need to change to something like Harrisons found here which is completely organic with NO chemicals of any kind. Just good wholesome food.

If you are feeding anything else that may contain dyes or chemicals, one of these can be causing allergic reaction. The other thing is bird probably has an infection which can cause skin problems until diagnosed and treated by an Avian Vet ONLY. If you took your bird to a dog and cat vet, understand they are not even licensed to look at your bird and have no idea how to test for infections and do not know how to diagnose illness and dosages of meds. Dog and cat vets cannot help your bird, and he desperately needs help right away.

Let us know what Avian Vet has to say and keep in touch so we know the outcome of this little bird's situation.

Thanks for writing,
Linda

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