what or puss filled pocket on the neck line (yellow collar macaw

by candi fields
(kansas city kansas)


my yellow collar mcaw is 12 yo and a picker we got him frm a prevous owner who said he never got out of the cage and later found out thats y he picks and we have had him now for almost 6 3mo and he has got what looks like a water or puss filled bubble under his chin at his neck line it seems to come aand go he dnt act sick he eating and drinking fine and is still his same old ongery self but it worring me sick so im asking 4 your help please and i can even send pictures if you just tell me how thank you so much for your time candi

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Aug 01, 2011
thanks for the help
by: candi

when we got him he was on pellets but we started mixing Hartz complete and balance diet its got more variety he gets fresh fruit almost daily his feathers are coming in better

Aug 01, 2011
Macaw picking feathers
by: Tracie

As best I can tell, what you are seeing is the bird's crop. That is why it comes and goes, because it fills with food and then disappears.

You should have this bird examined by an avian vet, because the feather picking could be from something internally going on, not just a behavioral issue.

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Also, please read the Feather Damaging Behavior article that the avian vet wrote. He can't help your bird over the Internet, because he can't examine your bird or run any tests.

Sometimes the food people feed their birds cause feather picking, so make sure that you are not feeding your bird table food or cheap pellets like ZuPreem or Lefeber's nutriberries. Please read the articles on our Parrot Training page about nutrition and switching to pellets for more information.

I am glad you rescued this poor bird, and I hope it gets better due to your great care. :-)

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