Budgie Bald Patch
I recently noticed a bald patch appearing on the front of my female budgie and it was growing in size as the days went on. I was told that it was possibly mites, and so made an appointment with an avian vet.
He told me that it was probably not mites, but a brood patch, due to her being a year and a half.
He told me to continue using the HEALx/AVIx Soother Spray I had bought and gave her an injection he said should help with the itching.
His notes are as follows:
I saw Lightning yesterday (15th January) at my monthly clinic at Riverside Animal Centre, Beddington Park. She showed extensive feather-loss across her chest and abdomen, but with considerable new growth of fresh quills. The remaining plumage appeared perfectly normal, and I could see no evidence of parasitism. The companion bird is fully-feathered, and both birds live in Mr Taylor-Bradshaw’s bedroom, with no contact with either wild or aviary birds.
In my experience, this form of feather-plucking is associated with any one of a combination of factors, including a dry atmosphere; the itchiness of new growth during a moult; and hormonal influences at the beginning of the breeding season.
I have advised that the follow-up dose of Xenox be administered as already prescribed, just as a precaution. I have further advised that the owner increase the frequency of mist-spraying the birds with warm water, to prevent the feathers drying out. He should also increase their intake of animal protein to aid the growth of new feathers – in the form of a little cooked egg or egg-biscuit, or grated cheese. The patient was given a minute dose of Dexafort with Multivitamins by intra-muscular injection, to take away the itchiness of the new growth, and to also provide nutritional support for new plumage.
I have also noticed that she appears to have picked a small area on her side at the same height as her frontal patch.
Should I make an appointment to see him on Tuesday 12th February 2013, which is his next clinic as he is semi-retired. Or should I keep an eye on it and review it nearer the time?