Female Quaker -Coco

In Sept. while on vacation, Coco let out a screech and we found that she bit her wing and made it bleed. After taking her to the vet, he put a collar on her and stitched her wing. She got a shot to make her not bite, a shot of lupron, and then got two more shots 3 weeks apart. After finally removing the collar, she bit it again. Now finally after 2 weeks not having a collar she did it again. What can be done to stop her from doing this? The vet says there are other drugs to stop this, but how much is enough?

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Jan 01, 2011
Bird biting wing
by: The Avian Vet

First, your veterinarian needs to determine why your bird is biting the wing. I do not think that Lupron is the drug of choice in this situation. It does not sound like a problem that is caused by hormones. Were there any diagnostics done ? blood work, cultures, examination, skin biopsy, x-rays...? If not, then you need to find a different veterinarian who is willing to diagnose the problem instead of throwing random drugs at it.

A collar is also not necessarily the best option, either. I really cannot diagnose this for you through email, How old is your bird? What sex is your bird? Has it been DNA sexed? What diet is your bird on? What size cage? Where is the cage located? Do you have other birds? Other pets? Anyone smoke in your home?.........

Dr B
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Dec 31, 2010
Female Quaker -Coco
by: Linda

Well, I would suggest that your Avian Vet try and get to the bottom of WHY she is biting the wing. If he has not done proper bloodwork which means kidney, liver, thyroid and parathyroid panels, then there could be a key to the problem there. This is NOT normal behavior. If her wings have been cut too short, the birds are in constant pain. Too short is above the 6 long primary flight feathers at the ends of each wing. If that has happened then she is hurting all the time and maybe more in one wing than the other.

I would get the collar back onto her and then have a very deep discussion with the Avian Vet about what could be causing this. They are treating the symptoms and not the cause of the problem. You have already given her too much medication. Birds' kidney and livers are very small and they have NO fat on their bodies for any overdoses to go into like we do. What will happen here if the drugs keep being used is she will die from kidney or liver failure.

If your Avian Vet has not been in practice long, you may need to find another one with more experience who will work to find the cause and not just treat the symptoms.

Also ask the Avian Vet about soft collars. Years ago I had one that was made of soft rolled cotton cloth with some kind of light material as filler. Once my conure got used to the bit of extra weight, she was not inhibited at all as the collar was more like a dog collar than the big old funnel type collars. My conure was a rescue and once she pulled all her feathers out, she began mutilating her body, so we put her in a collar long enough for feathers to start coming back in. For those of you breeding your birds more than once a year, this is what happens to the hens. This conure had been bred in a garage setting non-stop for 3-4 years, and her body was in terrible condition. She had a bad infection and felt so bad in general she decided to pull her feathers out. Her mate, a Sun helped her with her back and neck feathers as well. She was dumped at an Avian Vet's office, and they never came back to get her. I went out there, got the bird and brought her home where she was rehomed about a year later when ready to change homes again.

Breeding more than once a year per bird can have disastrous results for the hens. It destroys their bodies, and they will die from infections that attack a weakened immune system. Bird Mill breeders don't care, and I would hope that any of you reading this do care about your birds' health and well being.

Let us know how this works out because I'm afraid your bird's life is being weighed in the balance.


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