My cockatiel wrist has scabs

My cockatiel has scabs on his wrist from the breeder I saved him from I moved him into a huge cage so he don't bang them up he likes to fly and when he does he tends to hit his wrist on the cage or objects when flying and it could start to bleed at time how do I get them to heal faster

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Apr 19, 2011
Scabs on bird
by: The Avian Vet

You should first have your bird examined by an avian veterinarian. You should also not clip your bird?s wings until he is healed. A good topical antimicrobial / analgesic cream is Soother Plus by Healx ? apply it 4 times daily for rapid healing.

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Apr 19, 2011
My cockatiel wrist has scabs
by: Linda

First of all, if you have not taken this bird in to be examined by an Avian Vet, now is the time to do so. All new birds have to be examined by an avian vet within the first few days of having them because most of them have infections or other physical problems like yours. Birds rescued from neglect and/or abuse are in desperate need of medical services, and your bird is among these. Find an avian vet in your driving area and have him thoroughly checked out complete with basic bloodwork to make sure his organs are functioning properly.

As for flying all over his cage, avian vet will suggest you have his wings clipped, and this is a good idea so his legs can heal. Have the avian vet clip ONLY the 6 long primary flight feathers at the ends of each wing. To clip up any higher causes chronic pain, so the primary ones are the only ones that should be clipped.

Your bird also needs to be weaned from all seed diet which will kill him to a high quality organic pelleted one like Harrison's. There are several kinds out here, and organic is the only way to go because they do not have preservatives, pesticide/fertilizer residue or dyes and sugar. Here is a link to an article written by an avian vet on how to go about changing from seed to pellets and follow the guidelines carefully as this change takes time. Make NO changes until your bird has been examined and treated by an avian vet because sick birds cannot handle stress of any kind.

Switching Birds to Pellets article

Thanks for writing and let us know how your bird is doing when you can.


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