Cockatoo has musty smell
by Christine Brown
(Fairhaven, Mass. USA)
My 13 year old female cockatoo has developed a musty smell that I notice sometimes more than others. She has been a feather picker in the past (I believe because we had moved her during a renovation) but has recently stopped and her feathers are now growing back very nicely, thank goodness. She will pull a feather here and there but nothing like before. All areas have either grown back or are growing back now. Just her belly is still bare but I can see feathers starting to poke through.
The vet had given me an ointment called Vetropolycin for a previous stuffy, crusty nostril that I am using on her right now to see if it will help, but I have read that this smell can be caused by different things including hormones, I know she is hormonal right now too, but I have recently given her peanuts and I just read that can also be a cause. She is otherwise healthy, eating well and her dispostion is good. I will take her to the vet but would love your feedback on this problem.
Thank you in advance,