Sick African Grey
(United Arab Emirates)
Lucky the African Grey
Hi, I recently took in an African Grey. The previous owner told me he is a plucker. Soon I realized though that the bird is not actually plucking his own feathers out of boredom and that something else must be the cause of it. So I took him to the vet. Due to the fact that he has red feathers scattered everywhere the vet suspected PBFD and took a blood sample. Thank god the test turned out negative and I ended up naming him "Lucky". However, I still don't know what is wrong with him.
Age: 1 1/2 years (that's what I've been told anyways)
- Loss of feathers
- Scattered red feathers
- Right eye closed most of the time
- Loss of balance - fell of his perch a couple of times, seems to have improved though.
I have changed his diet to Harrison's and only treat him with peanuts and seeds once in a while. I offer him vegetables and fruits every morning, but he just doesn't seem to be interested. He only likes to eat grapes so far. Other than that he seems to be doing just fine.
He loves to be scratched on his head, plays around in his cage, imitates various sounds and says "hello". But his energy level seems to be low. He is only active for a very short period of time and then goes back to "snoozing" mode.
His feathers seem to be improving as I see new shafts growing, so I'm hoping that's a good sign of recovery. We have another vet appointment this week. The vet would like to remove a feather and do a bacteria test. He is currently on medication. Some liquid I mix with his water dish that is supposed to relief him from scratching and itching.
I'd really appreciate you opinion and suggestions. This bird already stole a big piece of my heart, and I just want to give him the best care possible.