My Quaker Parrot has Scratched his Face

by Ellen Daniels
(St. Louis, MO)

Quaker Parrot scratched eye

Quaker Parrot scratched eye

A few days ago I noticed my quaker parrot's feathers were not laying down properly just to the right of his ear/below his eye. I took a closer look and noticed he had a scab over where he had scratched himself.

This morning he took a bath and it looked really red, but not bleeding. This afternoon it looks bloody and very irritated... he is acting completely normal and will let me hold him to look at it as you can see from the picture. I am very worried about him and am not sure if it is very serious or not.

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Aug 08, 2017
My Quaker has a itchy eye
by: Anonymous

How can I stop my bird from itching the eye I had the bird for 10 years I normally drop water into the eyes then after a few days it goes away but is there another way I could stop my bird from itching in general

Sep 12, 2016
by: Summer

What was the name of the medicine that your vet prescribed? I treat a lot of animals, but more recently two quaker parrots who have developed this condition.

Nov 11, 2014
Ask your avian vet
by: Tracie

Please take your bird back to your avian vet. They know your bird's history etc. If you don't trust your vet, find another one.

Nov 11, 2014
Quaker Parrot with Sore on his face
by: Pinot

Our quaker developed a sore on his face. The Vet treated it, put him in a collar and gave him antibiotics. It cleared nicely, but has developed again. What could be causing this and how can we prevent it and treat it??

Nov 10, 2014
Scratched face on my Quaker
by: Pinot

Our parent had this and we took him to the vet. They put a collar on him to stop the scratching and gave him antibiotics and it cleared up. However it has happened again I am were extremely concerned about what is causing it. I know we need need another trip to the vet but how can we prevent this ???

Aug 30, 2011
by: Ellen Daniels

Just realized that I never posted on the status of my quaker.

We ended up making an emergency trip to the avain vet and they immediately pulled all the feathers out of the infected area and cleaned the small wound. From there it was antibiotics glaore. I am very happy to say that he made a full recovery and has no scars from his injury. And since then we have had no issues! :)

thank you everyone!

Mar 04, 2011
by: Emily

Take your bird to a qualified avian vet right this instant! Do not wait and do not try to treat this own your own! Dear lord take it to the vet right this very second!

Nov 28, 2010
mini macaw holding his head
by: JF

My anh's macaw is 4 months old now.

he look healthy and is well fed, and doesn't show any symptoms of sickness.

But when he is relax, or sleepy, he like to hold his face in his claw while standing on one leg (left or right).

Is it a normal behavior ?

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Nov 02, 2009
Quaker parrot needs to see an avian vet
by: The Vet

This is very serious and your bird needs to see an avian veterinarian as soon as possible.

Dr B

Nov 01, 2009
Scratched his Face
by: Linda

This is potentially very serious, and your bird needs to be seen by an Avian Vet in your driving area. This place is probably infected, and will require proper diagnosis and prescribed meds from your Avian vet.

Though sometimes simple wounds are not serious, this may be more than you think it is, and the fact that he is scratching it means it is most likely an infection that will have to be treated.

Thanks for writing and thinking enough of your bird to ask questions. The ONLY DUMB QUESTION IS THE ONE NOT ASKED WHEN IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN. We are here to support each other in taking the best care of our birds. Keep us posted.


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