female parakeet picking at her stomach

5 year old female parakeets stomach where plucking out feathers

5 year old female parakeets stomach where plucking out feathers

Hi there,
I have 1 female parakeet that is 5 year old. I know birds preen themselves a lot, but I noticed about 3 weeks that she was picking at her stomach way more than usual and soon after started to see a bald spot and its getting bigger and bigger everyday.

She started laying eggs a little over a year ago and it has been pretty constant ever since. I thought they might be related because I know when birds get stressed they can pull their feathers out. Any suggestions would be great.

I attached a picture of her stomach but I could only get her to cooperate long enough to get a small piece of her stomach, lol. Thank you so much :)

Thanks,
Lindsey

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Jan 19, 2014
budgie feather issue
by: Alex

Hi Lindsey, I will keep my fingers crossed too.

Let us know how she gets on.

Best of luck.

Alex

Jan 18, 2014
Thanks you for the info
by: Anonymous

Thank you Dr. B and Alex for taking the time get back to me, I really appreciate it. I made an appointment for her to be seen. Keeping my fingers crossed its something minor. Thanks again.

Thanks,
Lindz Goneau

Jan 17, 2014
Bird picking stomach raw
by: The Avian Vet

This is not stress. She has a medical condition. Possibilities include reproductive disorders (tumor, cyst, infection, egg binding), dermatitis, skin cancer, kidney stones, and other differentials. Your bird needs to be seen by an avian veterinary specialist immediately.

Dr B

Jan 15, 2014
budgie feather issue
by: Alex

Birds can pluck some abdominal feathers to hasve skin to egg contract to help improve heat transfer to keep the eggs warm.

However, feather plucking can also be a sign of other health problems.

Below I have copy and pasted some text from an answer I gave to a similar question.
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Your bird MUST see an avian vet as a matter of urgency.

Your bird may be pulling them for a number of reasons.

Below are a few reasons:

- The bird may be sick
- The bird may have a pain it is trying to get to
- The bird may have an itch that it is trying to get to
- The bird may be stressed
- The bird may be bored

Before the problem can be rectified, the problem needs to be diagnosed.

Your bird will only get worse, and the site can be very painful.
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Have the bird examined by an avian vet to check if there are any health problems, because the bare area look sore.

Thanks for getting in contact.

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