I have a cockatiel that is about 15 years old. For the last year he has been picking underneath his right wing! Sometimes he will pick himself bloody to the point where I had to take him to the vet numerous times! My avian specialized vet has tested him for everything and he is a few grams underweight!!! My avian vet is scratching her head in wonder because the really expensive and over $300 full panel blood test showed he was perfectly fine! So, now we had to cut into shape a really small e-collar for my pet bird! Which is rediculous looking and seems like it is too heavy for his neck! And he still tries to pick underneath his wing! So far I have tried pellet diets, fresh food diets, seed diets with more protein, one bath a day, two baths a day, no bath a day, changing the cage & water & food three times a day, antibiotics, silvadine creams, vitamins, direct sunlight therapy, no sunlight, cooked meats, raw vegetables, mineral blocks, full blood panel, mite tests, humidifiers,x-rays, and people who talk to animals!!!!!!
I know he eats the seeds fully, drinks plenty of water, is very active, gets plenty of out of cage time(5-8 hours day sometimes more if he sleeps with me), gets plenty of sunlight(the curtain opens when I wake up), and his disposition is very sweet but he can be feisty when he wants to be! He doesn't bite no one and sings like a canery!
Also, he has a hard time lifting the wing he is picking and currently can't fly and I haven't clipped his wings in over a year! And his tail feathers are always short and distressed!
His medical history- he has had a feather cyst removed on his hip in 2002(laser surgery), he had lead poisoning in 2001, and was in a dogs mouth in 1998 but was not injured.
I think this is the most expensive cockatiel on the face of the planet! I spent $50 on him and he has costed me over $8,000 in vet bills! Please help because I'm at my wits end here and so is the vets in my area. I live in Chicago. Oh, I also notice that he does it when he knows I'm up in the morning. I've pretended to be asleep and he does do it until I start moving aroun but my vet insists that it is medical!