My tiel has a bald spot on her head and the skin is very red!
by Angela Phelan
I took my tiel into the pet store I bought her at to have a routine wing/and nail trim. Her nostrils had been very dark/black for a few days, and I tried to clean them but couldnt get everything out. After clipping her wings/and toenails one of the store clerks restrained her in a towel while the other removed the black junk from her nose with a needle and some other tools. They then misted her down in the face/and head till she was soaking wet to see if that would loosen up the debris in her nostrils. Once they removed everything they lightly blew her dry with a hair dryer and then gave her back to me.
When I got her home I noticed that there was a circular red spot, about the size of a dime on the top of her head that wasnt there before. After closer inspection, I found that she had a dime sized bald spot (all the feathers were completely gone) and the skin was very, very red, and inflammed, comapred to the rest of her skin on her head that is pinkish grey underneath her feathers.
This was not there when I took her in to the store. Should I be alarmed? It dosent seem to be bothering or hurting her. I think what might have happened is while she was being restrained in the towel (they had her restrained for over 10-15 minutes) maybeher feathers were accidently ripped out by the towel when she struggled, and the redness was from having her feathers plucked out? I cant imagine what else it could be, or how else it could of happened.
I am concerned because its been over 8 hours since she was restrained and the redness has not gone down, or changed to a lighter pink color like the rest of her skin. When I rub her head she dosent seem to be in pain or effected by it, but I am a little alarmed....espicially since her head was completely normal before I took her to the pet store and none of her feathers were missing.
What do you think happened? Any advice would be very much appreciated. I dont know if I should take her to the vet or not, or if there is something I can buy at the pet store/or online that will sooth the skin and stop the redness and irritation, and promote her feathers to grow back. She is not a feather plucker, and even if she was she cant reach that spot.
Please help! Thanks!