Small bald spot on Eclectus chick's head

by Cassie
(Australia)

Bald spot on Eclectus

Bald spot on Eclectus

My 8 week old (approx) h/r male Eclectus chick has a dry bald spot on the top of his head. Is this a disease?

He is having 4 feed's a day, and he isn't fully feathered yet. He weighs around 433g.

Thank you

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Feb 01, 2010
Eclectus chick feather issue
by: The Avian Vet

It is difficult to tell from the picture, but it looks to me like this is an immature bird that has not finished growing his feathers in. However, skin skin disease can present many ways and I recommend that you have this bird examined by an avian veterinarian. I also want to add that feeding four time daily at this age is too much. HE should be on three feedings per day, and be on 2 per day by around 10 weeks of age, an fully weaned at 12 weeks.

Dr B

Jan 29, 2010
Small bald spot on Eclectus chick's head
by: Linda

I'd keep an eye on this and if it gets any larger or dryer, it could be a parasite or infection.

The baby should be getting in feathers now and not losing any, and this spot may just be where some new pin feathers are coming in.

If in a while, it either gets larger or no feathers are coming in there, I'd suggest you take him to an Avian Vet in your area. Unless this gets bigger or starts looking inflamed, I'd wait since it's so cold out at this time. Hopefully you're weighing him every day. If he loses any weight, then that is a sign he is ill and will have to go to the Avian Vet's for a checkup. Use a gram scale with a basket that can be put on it to weigh babies. Most of them have t perches which he can use later on. Right now, he needs to be gaining weight and growing in new feathers.

Is he with any other babies? It looks like he is alone. If he IS with other babies, one of them may be doing this, and that would be very unusual as babies usually don't bother the others in that way.

Thanks for writing,
Linda

PS DO NOT PUT ANY HOME REMEDIES ON THE SPOT AND THAT INCLUDES ANY KIND OF OIL. JUST KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON IT TO SEE IF IT GETS BIGGER OR BECOMES INFLAMED. Avian Vets are the only ones who can diagnose and treat the parrots as the regular dog and cat vets are not licensed and trained to do so. Oil spreads over a bird's body and will suffocate them once it covers entire skin surface, so no kind of oils or emollients unless vet has prescribed them.

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