my peach faced lovebird has a bold patch is it sick?

by Joshua

I have a peach faced lovebird and one of my relatives gave it to me. It had a bold patch on the top of its head already when they brought it to me. I figured this was due to molting in birds. But Ive had it for about 3 weeks now. And I've noticed its feathers haven't grown back yet. Could it be sick??

I've visualized the bird to see if it plucks out its own feathers due to stress. But it doesn't. Before they gave it to me, it was put with 3 other birds and they fought a lot. They pulled off each others feathers when they fought. So I thought the problem of the bold patch could of been because of that too. But shouldn't its feathers have grown back by now? Its not loosing any of its feathers any where else which reliefs me, but why hasn't its bold patch covered up by now is it sick?

Because melting shouldn't cause bold patches. If it is sick or has an infection what can I do to help it??? Instead of taking it some place?

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Jan 22, 2013
Lovebird bald patch
by: Anonymous

I am sure the bald patch is left because of the other birds plucking it's feathers out. I got a bird from someone and it had a bald patch on it's chest. Due to the birds' prior abusive home, she plucked them out herself due to stress. After a year she finally stopped plucking and feathers started growing back but it takes a long time, feathers don't grow fast like our own hair. I have had the bird for two years now and feathers grew back but she still has a very small bald spot. If you think the bird might be sick, a check up at an avian vet would rule that out, no one can diagnose and treat your bird over the internet.

Jan 21, 2013
my peach faced lovebird has a bold patch is it sick?
by: Linda

To answer your statement about "not having to take it someplace", this is unrealistic. If you have a bird, you also have to have an Avian Vet for when bird is sick or injured. Dog and cat vets cannot treat birds or other exotic animals because they are not licensed or trained with this as a specialty. Avian Vets have much more school to go through than dog and cat vets making them the only vets for birds, snakes, lizards and other exotic animals with special care needs.

So, you need to have your bird examined by an Avian Vet right away. Sometimes other birds pick on sickly ones because it is natural for healthy birds to either kill or drive out sick birds from the flock. As Tracie said, other birds did the head plucking, and it takes about 6 months or until next molt for feathers to come back in. Birds do not have hair, so feathers do not automatically come back in when lost.

Also, never give any over the counter meds, remedies or herbs to your birds. Do not give the stuff pet shops have in stock for infections either. Until you know what kind of infection a bird has, it cannot be treated without hurting the bird. Welcome to having a bird, and it is your responsibility to provide medical services when needed as required by law. There are absolutely NO FREE pets, birds included.


Jan 21, 2013
Love bird with bald spot on head
by: Tracie

It is likely that other birds pecked at this bird and that is why it has a bald patch, but it could be a disease and it could have an infection.

Please use this Find an Avian Vet link to find an avian vet for your bird.

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