Female cockatiel with scabs and crusty eye

by Louise Brownlee
(Wellington, New Zealand)

I have just got a pair of cockatiels who are about 10 years old. The girl has scabs on her head and a crusty (but not red or swollen) eye and she sits with her head cocked to one side. They are both eating and drinking and chirping and pooing fine. Do you think the boy has been having a go at her or is it something more serious?
Louise (New Zealand)

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Jul 30, 2011
Have a vet check her out.
by: Jill

First of all, I would take her to the vet to get checked out. It sounds like it could be Avian Pox. I have a female cockatiel that has Avian Pox and she gets crusty stuff around her eye. She only has one eye since her previous owner did not get her treatment and one eye closed. She is doing fine with one eye and every time her Avian Pox flares up, she has to get eye ointment from the vet. Please, be safe and get her checked out soon.

Jul 29, 2011
Cockatiel with scabs and crusty eye
by: Tracie

There is no way for anyone to tell, over the Internet, what is wrong with your bird. You will need to Find an Avian Vet to examine your bird and run tests.

Cocking the head sounds like an inner ear problem. Your bird could have a bacterial infection that will only clear up with medicine prescribed by an avian vet, at least here in the USA we can't get anything safe over the counter.

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