Female Timneh Large Scab on Sex Organ

by Tammy
(NY)

Okay, I have had a female and male timneh for a couple of years that have coexisted fine without any issues. Yesterday, I was holding Molly and noticed she has a little boo-boo right above her beak. Then while petting her I felt something rough at the end of her body. I pulled her feathers back and saw that she has a nasty scab. I, of course, have seperated them. My question is, is this typical?

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Mar 24, 2011
Injured bird
by: The Avian Vet

It is inevitable that two birds together will eventually harm one another. So, yes it is common. Pet birds should not be allowed to live together in the same cage. Birds are very territorial and in a cage the loser cannot fly away or move far enough away to avoid the wrath of a dominant bird. Keep them in separate cages and only allow them out at the same time under supervision. Do not allow them physical contact when they are out. The problem will only get worse and not better. Finally, take your bird to see an avian veterinarian to have the injuries looked at. They could be more serious than they appear.

Dr B
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Mar 24, 2011
Female Timneh Large Scab on Sex Organ
by: Linda

Sometimes birds who have been together for years develop an intense dislike of one another, so no this is not necessarily abnormal.

If one bird is sick or sicker than the other bird, the stronger bird will start hurting the weaker one up to and including killing the other bird. I would suggest you take your birds in to be examined by an Avian Vet if it has been more than a year since your last visit. There could be more going on here than you can see, so please make sure they are both healthy.

Keep them separated into two cages. When they are out of cages at same time, make sure you are closeby to monitor them. It takes very little time to kill another bird, so always be watchful when they are out of cage. Birds natural instincts are to kill sick or injured birds because, in the wild, a sick or injured bird will bring predators to the entire flock, so sick or injured ones are either killed or driven out to die alone.

Let us know what avian vet has to say when you have time and thanks for writing,
Linda

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