My lovebird has irritation on her rear end,

by Jessica Rivera
(Fort Collins,CO,USA)

My female lovebird is haveing irritation in her rear end , she is constantly picking at her end . I examined her and i noticed that her rear is bright red and swollen , she also has small cuts from what i beleive is because of her picking at it . What do you think I should do? is there any home curatives that I could use?

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Jun 29, 2009
by: Linda

I agree with Tracie on this one. Your bird should be taken to a qualified Avian Vet to be examined and tested for infections and/or parasites inside or out.

Unless a breeder is a qualified Avian vet, they are not qualified to diagnose and treat any bird's illness, and most assuredly should not be giving out medications. I realize that people can buy different types of antibiotics from pet stores, and am saying that this is WRONG. What a person can do is actually make a situation worse by not taking bird to a qualified vet for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. What happened with someone else's bird may not be what is wrong with yours.

Your lovebird could be "eggbound" which is a life-threatening emergency if not taken care of by a licensed vet.

I've bred, handfed, raised and trained parrots for most of my life, and I've never seen anything like a bird rubbing his/her bum on rough surfaces unless they had an infection or parasites or something in their diet was causing allergic reactions and irritations. I'm not saying this could never happen, just that I've never seen it.

Please take your bird to an Avian vet and find out what is really wrong with your bird. It does cost a little more than taking advice from people who may or may not understand your problem, and it is worth it in the long run and for the life of your bird.

Do let us know how your little bird does after trip to vet.


Jun 29, 2009
by: Anonymous

Yes, I agree, this may be a matter that requires a veterinarian's attention. However, our lovebird had a sore, scuffed looking vent area, with some dried blood (very little). We watched his behavior for a few minutes to see what would have caused this. "He" was rubbing himself against a cement perch (masturbating) and rubbed himself raw. We cleaned him up, put a thin layer of antibiotic ointment (per the breeder's instruction) and removed all rough surfaced perches, replacing them with soft rope perches and smooth branches. He continued this behavior for some time, but never had the sore vent area again. It was important for us to also remove his sleep hut and cozy corner, as these things contributed to breeding behavior.

Jun 29, 2009
Lovebird with red vent
by: Tracie

This could be very serious. You need to get your bird to an avian vet ASAP! Dr. B can not help your bird, because he can not examine the bird.

Please let us know what the vet says, so that others can learn from your experience. I hope your vet can see what is wrong quickly and help your bird.

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