I Need Help!!

by Tina
(India)

Alexandrian Parrot

Alexandrian Parrot

I have an Alexandrian parrot - a female parrot, shes about three and half years old and she has been plucking her tail blood feather since young ,when she was about 6 months old ,and it starts bleeding. she had bled like more than six drops of blood and i feel really sorry about her.I put sypethetic(Neomycin Polymyxin B Sulfates and Bacitracin Zinc powder Neosporin) where she had bled. Her wings feathers is green and healthy. She has poor quality of feather, has little holes with black patches around them on barbules(not in the shaft)
it will keep her from chewing her feathers and after this process has occurred a
few times my parrot will most likely stop chewing for like one years, But now shes bleeding daily as she chews on her blood tail feather and i avoid her from doing it so but that didn't help .Unfortunately i don't have any bird vet available in my locality. I have been to sites and it said, i will have to pluck her tail feathers out, if i want her to be cured.Would she grow a healthy feather back after i pull her broken tail feather out ? and i suppose she won't grow a blood feather back again ? I believe it's too risky and she might die from excessive blood loss . For your kindness ,Please suggest me very helpful information so that i can treat my parrot, i am scared of losing her. Your help will be appreciated! Thank You.

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Jun 25, 2010
Alexandrine parrot
by: The Avian Vet

Do not use Neosporin or other greasy ointments on your bird. These are bad for the feathers and will cause her to become cold because she is no longer able to thermoregulate with the oily feathers. The feather problems may be related to nutritional deficiencies. Is she eating a pellet diet? If not, you need to convert her ASAP. You can read the Switching Birds to Pellets article if you need help.

Do not pull out the feather. That will be very painful and will not cure the problem. All feathers start out as blood feathers. Do you give your bird baths? She should be bathed 1-2 times weekly with plain water. You need to find a veterinarian that can look at your bird to see what is causing this problem. It could be that her wings are clipped to short and she falls on her tail when she tries to fly and breaks the new feathers that are still blood feathers.

Dr B

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