Zebra hen, plucking tail feathers and has tiny white bump (puss?)

by Marty
(Brockton, MA, USA)

Hello, I just noticed yesterday that my otherwise very healthy looking Zebra has a large bald spot down her back close to her tail. The tail feathers look fine. She has nipped at her back area, almost like it's irritated. Also, there is a tiny white bump that looks like a sore w/ puss in it. She is acting very normal, is eating and jumping and flying around the cage like usual. I have two other finches in the cage and they look fine. One of my hens is laying eggs but usually both hens lay at the same time. Could she be egg bound? Her behavior seems to indicate that she is not as she is still very lively and not lethargic

Thank you!

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Sep 23, 2010
Zebra hen, plucking tail feathers and has tiny white bump (puss?)
by: Anonymous

The "bump" is probably the bird's oil gland. The oil gland normally appears as a small bump on the bird's rump. It is normally covered by feathers and is not visable. They need the oil from this gland to keep their feathers in good condition. If it is swollen, red or has a discharge, it may have become impacted and/or infected. Only a a vet can fix this. For a small bird such as a zebra finch, I really recommend taking the bird to an avian only vet.

Sep 08, 2010
Zebra hen, plucking tail feathers and has tiny white bump (puss?)
by: Linda

Your bird needs to be taken to an Avian Vet as this bump is an infection and needs to be analyzed and treated by an Avian Vet ONLY.

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Also, take her out of cage with the others and keep her that way until you know what you are dealing with here. Birds do not show illness until they are so sick they are almost dead. This is an inborn protection because in the wild, sick or injured birds are dead birds from either being sent away from the flock or killed by flock members. Finches are exotic wild animals and behave exactly like their wild counterparts.

If this bird has a bacterial infection, all the others will also need diagnosis and treatment. Baby birds born to sick parents are sick at birth and will not last very long without treatment.

Linda

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