parakeet scratching

Woke up the birds this morning to find one had scratched the side of her head till it bled. She also had rubbed it on the rope swing. I see a small hole there on the side. She's not tame, so I thought maybe there was something I could spritz on her.

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Oct 08, 2009
Parakeet scratching
by: The Vet

You should take your bird in for an exam. She may have mites, an ear infection, or dermatitis. There are also other problems that can be causing these symptoms. Even though she is not tame, you should catch her and take her in. There is nothing over the counter that I can recommend, especially since I do not know what is causing the problem. The advantage of medical care outweighs the stress of capture.

Dr B

Oct 07, 2009
by: Linda

Your bird is injured or sick and needs immediate attention from an Avian Vet in your area or within driving distance.

An extra hole in the head is not normal and there is NOTHING YOU CAN DO EXCEPT TAKE HER TO VET. The vet will see if this is the result of infection, injury or parasites and then prescribe medication for whatever it may be.

Though we appreciate and encourage you writing, we do wish everyone would go ahead and take their birds to an Avian vet if something like this occurs. We cannot prescribe or suggest ANY medication out here as we are not licensed, practicing vets, and when our birds are sick or injured, we have to take them to vet just like everyone else.

Please take your little bird into Avian vet to have this looked at. If it is an injury, look at cage wires and bars and all toys to see if something could have stabbed your bird. If cages or toys have any problems, our birds will definately FIND them so we can fix them. They are usually hurt in the process, and we can make sure it never happens again.

Thanks for writing and let us know what vet had to say about your bird.

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