quaker parrot bald spot

by Kathie
(LI, NY)

When I bought my male Quaker parrot last summer he was missing feathers at the top of his left wing by his shoulder, the owner of the store told me that it was just because he's a baby and the feathers would grow in.

My birds 1st birthday is next week and he has not grown feathers in that spot yet, this wing also slightly sticks up from his body unlike the other wing which lays flush to his body. His bald spot never seemed to bother him so I just left it alone but recently he has started pulling more feathers out around the area and picking at his open skin.

My bird now has a bloody scab covering most of his left shoulder, I tried cleaning it out with peroxide on a cotton ball, what else should I be doing? thanks, Kathie

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Jun 27, 2013
Parrot with bald spot on wing
by: Tracie

You really need to visit an avian vet and have the bird examined. It may have a disease, it may have an infection, you need to find out what is causing this.

Feather Damaging Behavior article

Please use this Find an Avian Vet link to find an avian vet for your bird so it can be examined to determine what is wrong and what the potential treatment might be.

Jun 27, 2013
Quaker parrot bald spot
by: Angela

Have you taken your bird to an avian vet for an examination? You should have taken him right after you purchased him. Quakers are known for plucking feathers and self mutilating. If there is a scab he will continue to pick at it and bleed. Birds do not have much blood and if he keeps picking the scab he could bleed out and die. Do not try to clean the wound yourself. Any chemicals such as peroxide should never be used on birds. Feathers take a long time to grow back and sometimes they never do. When I got my Quaker from an abusive home, she was completely bald under her neck. She had plucked all the feathers out and was picking at her skin causing scabs and a lot of bleeding. A cone would not have helped because if she couldn't get at it with her beak, she would use her toenails. She has not plucked in almost two years but her feathers have yet to grow back. Please take your bird to an avian vet only as they are properly trained in the care of exotic animals and birds. Taking your bird to a dog/cat vet could be a death sentence. There is an Avian Vet Finder page on this website to help you find one in your area.

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