Parakeets rub face till they bleed

by Justin
(Virginia)

Hello! I have 2 parakeets that are doing some strange stuff. They have recently had drainage from their nare. It was a brownish color. On the one bird, it was there for about a day, then it went away. On the other bird, it was there for about a day as well but then it became hard and blocked his nostril. When the blockage fell out, it appeared that the area around his nare was "eaten" away. It appeared eroded like something had picked at his nostril and made it bigger.

I assumed that it was just nasal drainage but I called my local vet and spoke with him about what it could be. He said that it was probably drainage and that he wasn't worried but to keep an eye on them. Well for the last 3 days when I uncover them in the morning, they have rubbed their face on objects in the cage (perches and toys) until their face is bleeding (from just above the cere).

There is no more drainage however. So I called the vet back and explained to him what they did and he said that as long as it wasn't bleeding that the worst was over and to keep an eye on them. I made an appointment with him, but he can't see them until after the holidays. Is this something that sounds like it needs to be seen immediately or is it safe to wait? Thanks!

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Dec 22, 2008
Parakeets bleeding
by: The Vet

Yes, this needs to be seen immediately. Your Dr, should have looked at it 3-4 days ago when it started.

Dr. B

Dec 21, 2008
sick birds
by: Anonymous

I would look for another vet. Sick birds can't wait to be seen. When my cockatiel had drainage and a crusty face she had a sinus infection.

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