Feather loss

by Lizzy
(Chicago sub.)

I actually have a parakeet and she is about 8 or nine. she seems to be over cleaning her chest/belly and the middle of her back. she has been losing feathers and her skin is turning a dark color and may be slightly bleeding. i dont know what going on and what i can do. please help.

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Jun 29, 2011
bird picking feathers until raw
by: Tracie

Your bird may have a bacterial infection or some other health issue causing this. Please read the Feather Damaging Behavior article that an avian vet wrote for more information.

If your bird drinks from a water dish instead of a Lixit water bottle then a bacterial infection is a real possibility. Unless you change the water and wash the dish every 3 - 4 hours, your bird is drinking water full of bacteria.

You will need to Find an Avian Vet to examine your bird and prescribe the proper medication depending on the test results. There is not an over the counter medicine for this problem.

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