Help!! What's wrong with my bird??
I have a blue parakeet (budgie) that is about 9 yrs old. He's always been very healthy, though this summer the heat really seemed to affect him...for awhile there he was really quiet because we kept the shades down etc., but then he perked back up to being his cheeky self.
Today I just had the shock of my life, I saw he has picked allll the feathers off his butt. He looks like an oven-ready chicken from the bottom; I mean, you can see a patch of naked skin about as big as a quarter! WHAT is going on??
He still has his long tailfeathers, but he has picked his butt clean below his legs.
Bugs? He never bathes himself in a birdbath, preferring the "flick water over myself from the water cup" method.
I don't know what to do. There are no avian vets who actually know anything in my city.
Poor budgie! And poor you, having to worry about her :( I am in NO WAY an expert in any kind of animal sickness but I have some thoughts that maybe will help. One is that it could be dry skin, perhaps from an environment that doesn't have enough humidity? Another possibility is that it's diet related--an allergen, a nutrient deficiency (especially if she mostly eats seeds). A third is that it's related to stress or boredom. And a fourth is mites or some kind of external irritant. Maybe you can try making one change to her environment, diet or lifestyle and see if anything changes...try and figure it out by process of elimination? Hope she's on the mend soon!
I'm seconding the mites. Mkazas used to do that every year around now, and it was some kind of little beastie that came out in her poop according to the vet. But then my gramps would take her outside a lot too, and who knows what she would eat outside.
;)b Glad Sweetheart is feeling better!
Yay! so glad things are better... stress can easily trigger that kind of feather-plucking, in many birds... maybe 'environmental factors' (annoying-student factors!) *were* playing a role! anyhow, glad it's resolving... so hard to find a vet who knows anything about birds, & it really sucks when something's wrong/ no medical advice is available... glad you have the bird-shop guy!