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Some of you are aware of Prince's self-mutilating problem. He bites at the skin under his left wing to the point where it sometimes bleeds. Today I uncovered his cage to find his face covered in blood and I noticed that he was holding his wing slightly ajar. Apart from using flour to help clot the wound, what should I do? Normally I put a cone on him to prevent him from doing any further damage, but the last time I did that he had a huge tantrum and wouldn't calm down so I had to take it off. Is there a bad-tasting spray I can make to deter him from bothering the wound???
I'm very sorry your Prince had a relapse...
I'm not familiar with any safe product to apply that would be effective in keeping him from picking at his wing. The product itself could even be potentially abrasive to the wound and could also not be appropriate to be ingested.
Sadly the birdie collar/cone seems to be the best option as far as prevention goes.
As for the wound, you can wash the area with sterile saline solution and later on apply Betadine to disinfect the wound and promote faster healing.
I hope Prince feels better soon with your help and support and that the new budgie friend is able to distract from the feather plucking/mutilation problem.
EDIT: Oh my, I just saw your update... I hope all goes well at the vet's and Prince's condition is stabilized.
I'm keeping your Prince in my prayers.
RIP sweet Tito (Summer 2008 - January 17th 2013).
You are missed and never will be forgotten.
Prince is back at home with Bowie after his spontaneous adventure to the vet! When we got there, the avian vet was in the middle of a surgery but luckily one of the veterinary technicians is very knowledgeable about birds and has owned many budgies, so she was able to ensure that Prince wasn't actively bleeding.
When the avian vet came in, he did a full body examination and found Prince to be in good health other than the gaping wound under his wing. He told us that in any other budgie mutilation case, he would expect to find a growth under the skin as the cause of mutilation, but Prince's issue is unique and there are no lumps (I suppose this is good?). He did say that the skin under his left wing is very tight, probably as a result of him picking at it for so many years. Of course, the tightness likely contributes to Prince's urge to mutilate.
They cleaned up Prince's wing and prescribed an antibiotic and an anti-inflammatory to give to him for two weeks. Hopefully that'll keep him calm enough to let the wound heal. After that, though, we're not sure what to do. The vet said that if the cone is traumatizing Prince, then it's probably not worth using. Plus, as soon as we take the cone off Prince goes back to mutilating, so it really isn't a solution. There is apparently a behaviour medication we could try him on, which is supposed to soothe birds affected by OCD and consequent self-harm. I am hesitant to try this, though, because he has been on a behaviour sedative in the past (when he had an infection) and he was totally not himself while on it. The vet assures me that it shouldn't affect him to that extent, but I'm not sure.