tore up chest on female cockatial

my female cockatail laid eggs and one hatched a few days ago,now her chest has lost almost all feathers in large circle like area and the the skin is visable. why did this happen, how can i cure it?

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Dec 31, 2011
Feathers missing on chest after laying eggs
by: The Avian Vet

This is called a brood patch. It is plucked by the bird (but this spot is naturally featherless) and is used to keep eggs warm. After she is finished feeding her babies, take her in to see an avian veterinarian to be sure that everything is ok. Any feathers she pulled out should grow back.

Dr B
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Dec 29, 2011
tore up chest on female cockatial
by: Linda

Your bird may be sick, so please take her, male and any babies to an Avian Vet only in your driving area. This is not normal, and if she has an infection, so will all the babies.

Put them into a travel cage or carrier, and cover it with a towel so they all stay warm. The male will need to be in his own carrier so as to not upset the mother and babies. Warm up your car before putting them in it, and do the same when leaving the vet's office.

We recommend all birds be examined prior to breeding because any infections are passed directly onto the babies, and the babies will die if left undiagnosed and untreated. The parents will also die though it will take longer than for the babies.

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Linda

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