(Kalamazoo, MI, USA)
HI, My parakeet, Little Stevie is molting right now and he keeps scratching his face. The feathers around his eye are in disaray. I do not see any discharge coming from his eye. His eye looks okay. He has a few new feathers trying to come in and then there is a small clump of feathers near the front of his eye that is in a hard clump. I tried to use a Q-tip with warm water to get the clump out and some of the feathers came loose but he was screaming at me and did not like being touched for too long so I had to stop.
I did have enough time to put some Neosporin on another Q-tip and put is just in those spots he rubbed near his eye. My Bird care manual said Neosporin would help. Is there anything else I can do? He always seems to scratch himself like this when he molts. It starts to clear up and looks good and then he starts all over again. I don't have a photo now but can submit one soon.
Thanks for your help.