plucking so hard bleeds badly

by Kerry
(New Zealand)

Hi, we have recently been given a 6 yr old quaker, just prior to getting him he had picked at himself and caused couple minute, small scabbs,(left upped chest, just above where wing starts) now he is starting to pluck so hard at that spot that he starts to bleed quite heavily,each time he bleeds we cover will antiseptic powder to stop the bleeding, we have had him to a vet (not avian vet) who gave us diluted Baytril to feed him as his water for the next seven days,but since he has repeated and ripped the wound open. Each time there is equal to 2.5mil of blood dripping everywhere. Any ideas what is could causing this, have tried a colar but goes depressed if on?

Has been treated for lice and wormed.


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Dec 26, 2009
Article about birds that pluck and chew feathers
by: Tracie

Please read the article that our avian vet wrote on this subject. I hope this helps.

Feather Damaging Behavior article

Dec 24, 2009
plucking so hard bleeds badly
by: Linda

First of all NEVER TAKE YOUR BIRD TO A REGULAR VET. They have not been trained in the medical treatment of birds and can cause more harm than good. Your bird needs to be seen by an Avian Vet as quickly as is possible to determine what is causing this.

The Avian Vet will test for infections, parasites and other physical causes for this problem. Stop putting anything on these wounds unless an Avian Vet has said it is okay. Any kind of powder will make it worse. If you have a collar, put it back on him until you can get him to an Avian Vet in your driving area which needs to be as soon as is possible.

I cannot stress the importance of having your bird seen ONLY by a vet trained and licensed to treat your bird. Regular vets are NOT LICENSED to treat birds, and Avian Vets have had to go to many more years' of school to know what they are doing. Birds are sensitive to all kinds of medicines, and can be killed if given the wrong dosage or the wrong medicine. Infections have to be first diagnosed before they are treated, so please get him to the proper vet as soon as is possible. The Baytril is not going to fix this problem and can be making it worse, so I would suggest stopping it until you get him to an Avian Vet and let them take over.

The collar is a must until he can be seen by an Avian Vet because he will continue to mutilate himself with very bad results like blood poisoning.

Let us know what the Avian Vet has to say about this, and, in future, take your birds to an Avian Vet and not a regular vet as they are out of their league with birds.

Thanks for writing,

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