Lovebird is losing feathers and started plucking
(West Plains, Missouri)
On March 6, I was at a livestock auction and someone was selling a lovebird in a homemade small cage. I have several parrots at home and felt so sad for the poor little guy.
When I brought him home (quarantined from the others), he had some missing feathers on the "shoulders" of his wings. He also had some yellowish - orange crusty scabs from where he appeared to have picked. The lady who brought him said he was molting and was about 1 year old. I knew molting shouldn't cause large bald spots so I researched all I could.
Unfortunately, we do not have a vet in our part of the state. I have arranged to take him to a vet in another state, but I am waiting to hear when they can fit me in.
In the past couple weeks, this little bird has gotten progressively worse. The area under his wings, on his thighs, and around his neck are bald. The vet I spoke with on the phone said it may be fungal. I asked if I could put something on him in the meantime (while waiting for the appointment). The vet said to get Lotrimin.
I have been putting that on. The skin itself looks a little better. However, since I have used the ointment, he has begun pulling the feathers off his chest area! It is now completely bald.
Also, not sure if this is important, but he has new feathers growing in. However, he has started pulling those, too, and some of the ones growing in are yellow (feather and shaft) where they should be green.
The woman who sold him at the auction had him on a huge seed diet. I have switched him to pellets. She said he wasn't friendly, but he has been just adorable since I have had him. He loves to be held and cuddled.
I just love this little guy. He is my own personal rescue. While I am waiting for my vet appointment, do you have any thoughts? He also seems to shake alot. I keep the house above 70 degrees for the birds so I don't think he is cold. In fact, he feels warm when I pick him up, warmer than my other birds (fever?)
I am willing to try whatever you can suggest. I have looked for mites with a magnifying glass, but haven't seen any.
Any ideas would be appreciated. He has become one of my favorites. He seems so happy to have attention and care.