canary pulling out feathers and his eye is like it is infected please help

hi i don't really no much about my 8year old daughter was bought 2 male canarys for christmas as a present. at first they were fine but recently they have been fighting (the pet shop owner says this is because it is mating season) two weeks ogo we noticed that all his tail feathers were on the bottom of the cage i dont no if he himself pulled them out or the other bird. then this morning we noticed that around his eye looked swollen abd he kept scrathing it off the perchs HELP please i dont no wat could b wrong with him?

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Jun 01, 2010
canary pulling out feathers and his eye is like it is infected please help
by: Linda

Yes, as Tracie said, separate these two immediately. YOU CANNOT KEEP TWO MALE CANARIES IN THE SAME CAGE, especially if the cage is smaller. Both birds will need to be taken to an Avian Vet for exams and testing for bacterial/viral infections because if one has an infection then the other will also because infections are highly contageous.

All new birds should be taken to an Avian vet within the first 24-48 hours of having them because most all of the ones coming from pet stores are already sick and in need of medical treatment.Many birds die because of NOT being taken to an Avian vet in this first critical 24-48 hour period, and it is very sad for a child to watch precious pets die because of a lack of either knowledge or concern.

If you do not separate these two males, one will kill the other, so do not delay getting another cage for one of them and getting both to an Avian vet. Always take birds to an Avian Vet as dog and cat vets are not licensed to diagnose or treat birds and usually will not do anything while the bird dies from some sickness or the other. Sometimes Avian Vets are in same location as dog and cat vets, and you can find this information in the phone book.

Linda

Jun 01, 2010
Canary plucking and eye problem
by: Tracie

I really wish Dr B or someone could help you over the Internet, but honestly nobody can. Your bird needs to be examined in person by an avian vet to determine what is causing this.

If the bird has an internal infection, it could cause it to pull at it's feathers trying to "get at" what is bothering it. They possible eye infection leads me to believe there is something internally wrong.

If the birds are fighting, you must separate them ASAP. Also, usually birds do not lose ALL their tail feathers at once, unless someone or something was trying to grab or attack it.

I hope to soon hear that your avian vet finds the solution quickly and your bird is better.

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