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Old 03-22-2017, 05:48 AM
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My Billy seems to have developed a bare patch on the back of his neck, and the feathers around that patch seem to be a bit abnormal - there is a extra downy bit at the bottom, and the color part seems to be a bit more wispy than usual. His feathers elsewhere are absolutely fine, it's just around this patch that they don't seem right. I assumed at first that it was just a heavy molt in this area, but I haven't seen any pinnies and the skin has been bare for about 2 weeks now.

I'm pretty sure he's not plucking, because I don't think he can reach that area. His poop is normal, as is his cere and feet. He's acting normally and plays and chirps quite happily. He's 3 years old, eats mainly a seed/pellet mix and gets lettuce about once a week (he's not keen on fresh food, but I keep trying!). He had a severe calcium deficiency that lead to seizures, but he hasn't had a single episode since I started on a calcium supplement about 1.5 years ago.

I'll take him to the vet if needed, but we don't have any avian vets around and I'm not sure what a normal vet will be able to do for him. I've taken some pictures - has anyone seen anything like this before?


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Unfortunately, it's very hard to say from those pictures whether Billy is overplucking, molting or there is an actual problem.

What type of diet is Billy eating?


Are you giving him ACV in his water regularly?

Mash up a boiled egg, mix with cooked quinoa (rinse it VERY well before cooking) and some flax seed as an egg food with lots of good protein.

If the feather loss continues and the balding area spreads you will definitely need to see a qualified vet for the proper diagnosis and treatment plan. If there are truly no Avian Vets within a reasonable distance of your location, a regular vet should be able to contact and consult with an Avian Vet as necessary.

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