Dusky-Headed conure is going bald on the top of his head, again!
Dusky Conure with feather loss
My dusky-headed conure is losing the feathers on the top of his head and a bald patch is emerging. The same thing happened last year at around the same time.
On the first occasion we took him to a vet who said it was mites and put a lotion on his neck, but this didn't help. I then took him to a top avian vet who said it wasn't mites (he is our only pet), gave him a vitamin jab and said the feathers would grow back in time, he wasn't sure what the cause was, but thought he may be rubbing his head on something.
Eventually, after about a month, the feathers grew back but the same thing is happening again this year! I am loathed to take him to the vet again, as he is otherwise very well, eating lots of varied foods and seems otherwise happy. He seems to be massaging his head alot and scratching it, which i think may be causing the feathers to drop out.
I put on the same mite lotion as the vet, as a precaution, but this hasn't helped (I didn't think it would, but wanted to rule mites out).
Could it be a type of eczma? And if so how do I treat it? I have been putting aloe vera on the bald patch from a plant to cool it down, but I am desperate to know what is causing this.
He is kept in very clean conditions and given lots of attention, although there are days when he is left on his own whilst we are at work - this is only usually 2 days maximum and we keep him out for four hours when we get home to be spoiled and fussed over until he is happy to go to bed.