Budgie feather problems

by Alex
(London, England)

I took my budgie to an avian vet after she started losing her chest and abdomen feathers and she was treated.

The vet said that he would need blood work done if she did not improve r the problem started again.

She improved and the feathers started to grow back although a little tatty at first.

She has started to lose feathers there again and the chest appears very sore, she has also started to lose feathers at the base of her neck and I have seen her preening that area, so I know she can reach it and missing a couple of feathers on one of her wings.

My question is, what sort of blood tests should I make sure the vet is doing and should she have any other test like a skin scraping or anything?

She has been diagnosed as mite free and both budgies are on Harrison's Pellets (Which they love).

Thanks very much for your help.


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Jun 19, 2013
Budgie feather problems
by: saif

hi!i've had a similar problem with my budgies.they were diagnosed with folliculitis.vet prescribed Diphenhydramine and Aloe Vera spray!

May 16, 2013
budgie feather issue
by: Alex

Thanks Tracie. I have never heard of that but will look in to it.

May 16, 2013
Budgie feather issues
by: Tracie

I have another thought to add to the mix. I know you are very knowledgeable about parrots, so I feel funny even bringing it up.

I would look into all the toys and items the bird has available for chewing due to all the stuff made in countries that don't have regulations for bird safety.

I would also consider if you have added something new to the air that might not be necessarily toxic, but stresses the bird.

You, or someone in your home, may use a shampoo, cologne, deodorant, lotion etc. that bugs the bird. I heard of a bird that once started plucking just because they put out new salt and pepper shakers!

May 16, 2013
Budgie feather issues
by: Alex

Thank you both. I will let you know how she gets on.

Linda, the other bird keeps to herself. I would have suspected the other bird if I didn't see the bird preening that exact area herself.

No vitamins, supplements, animal protein or human foods are fed. I am aware of the dangers and problems with administering anything not prescribed the an avian vet.

The birds refuse to eat any veggies apart from broccoli.

I will let you know how she gets on when I get an appointment.

May 16, 2013
suggested tests for feather damaging issues
by: The Avian Vet

I would start with a CBC and chemistry panel. Although you will be unable to get enough blood for all of this at once, I also would do a protein electrophoresis and a bile acids. A skin scraping is not going to be helpful and I have even gotten away from skin biopsies in most feather damaging cases.

Dr B

May 16, 2013
Budgie feather problems
by: Linda

If she's in the cage with another bird, they are probably contributing to the plucking. The base of the neck is very hard to reach which leads me to believe that another bird is helping with the plucking. Bloodwork needs to consist of basic work to see how organs are functioning and also to see if there is a viral infection going on. Basic blood exam would include CBC, WBC as well as kidney, liver and thyroid function.

I'm amazed she has any problems since she's eating a high quality diet. Make sure you're not feeding any animal protein, vitamin supplements or any human food of any kind. The only thing Harrisons' birds need are a bit of the dark green, orange and yellow veggies and only small amounts of those. Their bird bread mix is also good and use the organic Red Palm Oil in it which is found here. Anything else given in conjunction with Harrisons causes severe dietary imbalance which can cause lots of problems with skin and feathers.

Keep us informed as to what avian vet finds because this is a mystery problem that needs a solution.


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