Hahn's mini Macaw red spots

by Shawna Davis
(Livingston, Texas)

I have a 3 year old hahns mini macaw and I noticed this evening that she has red sores spots under her wings and on the inner part of her leg, what could have caused this to happen?

Also, my hahn's mini macaw also has developed a strange smell since I have noticed the sore spots under her wings and on her inner leg, I have not seen her pulling feathers and there are not many feathers in her cage or around her perch or on the floor, I would like to know what this is and how to treat it. Thanks so much.

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Oct 17, 2009
Hahn's Mini Macaw
by: Linda

Yes, please take your bird to an Avian Vet immediately or as soon as you can get an appointment. What sounds like what someone else had may not be what your bird has, and ONLY an Avian vet can diagnose and treat whatever it is. A lot of harm and possible death can occur by using home remedies your Avian has not prescribed.

I would also go ahead and cut out any veggies and/or fruit known to be of the fungal variety, i.e., cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, eggplant, cantalope, watermelon, mushrooms, asparagus, and of course never feed avocados as these are poison for birds.

If you are not feeding a high quality pelleted diet like Harrison's, please get some out here and begin the changeover from an all seed diet. Even with fruit and veggies, all seed diets cause more illnesses and trips to the vet than any other common factor among captive parrots. These diets, poor in nutrition, cut years' off a bird's lifespan, and the years they have are not quality. Please take advantage of an organic pelleted diet like Harrisons, and their Birdy Bread mix is delicious and can help with the changeover from seeds. Also buy and use the organic red palm oil, Sunshine Factor in the mix along with some water and 2 eggs. It bakes up quickly, stores in refrigerator for a week and in the freezer for up to 6 months. We have two Amazons, and I keep out only enough for one or two days and freeze the rest to be thawed as needed. We give it to them a few times a week, and its base is the Harrisons' pellets recipe.

So to recap, TAKE YOUR BIRD TO AN AVIAN VET AND GET A DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT PLAN.If they say to put vinegar into drinking water, then do so, if not, do as you are instructed. What you are describing sounds like a fungal yeast infection which can be treated with anti-fungal meds, and vet may also ask you to consider the vinegar in drinking water as well. Antibiotics, like Baytril, SHOULD NOT BE GIVEN FOR A FUNGAL INFECTION AS THEY MAKE A FUNGUS GROW.If there is a secondary infection of the bacterial variety, sometimes meds are given in concert--vets will decide.

Though we wish to help everyone with the care and feeding of their birds, we will never give you a home remedy to use as birds have to be seen by qualified, trained Avian Vets for proper diagnosis and treatment.To do otherwise is gambling with your bird's health as lay people only know so much about bird disease and its treatment--basically about good nutrition, proper caging, perches and toys.

Let us know what vet had to say and thanks for writing.

Oct 16, 2009
Molly Hahns Mccaw
by: Anonymous

my Hahn's had red raw areas under both wings and into her legs. Several trips to the vet and several times on Baytril for 10 day sessions. Still she continued to get it ..
I was told that it was from too much yeast in her diet.. apples.. fruit and etc. and that I should give her cider vinegar in her water.
Knock on wood. Been almost 2 years since with the vinegar .. Seems the vinegar stops the yeast.
Molly had a funny yeast smell when the sore broke out. I don't know if this will help.. but maybe try cider vinegar in her cup every other day. that is what I do. a drop in her bowl.
works for me and Molly

Oct 16, 2009
Bird with red sore spots
by: Tracie

I am sorry to tell you, but Dr B can not help, because he can not examine your bird. He suggests that you take your bird to see an avian vet soon.

This could be a sign of an infection or a reaction to something in his environment. No matter what, you need to find out so the bird will get the exact treatment he needs.

Please let us know what you find out.

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