blood in cage

by Angela
(Louisville, KY USA)



I currently have 2 birds in the same cage.. i have a lovebird and i have a parotlet. I received these birds after their owner (my stepmother) passed away. When i received the birds the lovebird warmed up to us right away and was very friendly, however the parotlet was stressed out ( due to owners death i assume) and had picked his chest bare ( no feathers).

I have had the birds now for over a year but the parotlet continues to pick his chest and wing feathers. Im not sure whats going on but today i found blood on the wall behind their cage and there is blood on the perch's and on the food bowls... Ive inspected both birds completely and although the parotlet picks his feathers there is no blood on him but on my lovebird's underbelly by her tail i found specks of blood.

Is this caused by something they have ate or is from the parotlet picking his feathers... I wish i had more info but this is all i have...Plz help.. I am including pics of both birds.

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Dec 31, 2011
Blood in bird cage and on wall
by: Tracie

I suggest you take your birds to an avian vet right away. At least take the lovebird, because if there is blood at the vent area, it could be egg bound or have a tumor.

Please Find an Avian Vet and not a dog/cat vet, because regular vets often accidentally kill birds due to a lack of training and experience.

You may also want to read our Feather Damaging Behavior article that was written by an avian vet.

Also, if you determine the parrotlet is plucking the lovebird, then you will need to separate them.

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