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    feathers missing from vent/tail area

    Oh I might have bought a sick bird. I just bought a sweet little blue budgie from a birdstore in Santa Fe (we moved). I noticed in the store that a few feathers were missing from the base of the bird's tail, near the preen gland. The proprietor assured me that was simply because the male budgies bite at the females there. The birds were in a rather populous large walk-in cage so it must have been rather stressful for them. When I got her home, I noticed the vent area beneath the tail is also missing feathers and her poop is watery/brown/yellowish. I should have checked the vent--but I was so struck by her I just took her home.

    Any suggestions? I know, see an avian vet.

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    Re: feathers missing from vent/tail area

    LOL took the letters right off my keyboard


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    Re: feathers missing from vent/tail area

    LOL! Yes. And even if your new girl doesn't look unhealthy, a well-bird exam is still important. Let us know what the vet says!

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    Re: feathers missing from vent/tail area

    My new bird who I named Sapphire is bright-eyed and swinging on her swing, and her poops look better. The vet's office suggested bringing in a stool specimen on a paper towel in a baggie--but by the time I got it there it was too dried out to be adequately inspected under the microscope so the vet said wait a day or two and see if she doesn't improve. The vet's receptionist ought to have told me to place the inside-out baggie beneath the bird, not a paper towel because a paper towel absorbs the important fluids, then turn it right-side out and seal it, but she was misinformed and I was left with hindsight. D-oh! I hope that the diarrhea was just the result of stress of overcrowding in the pet store, but am fearing some communicable disease since the feathers appear to have been damaged over a long time period. If she keeps having loose poops I'll bring her in to have a blood test done for psittacosis.

    This is such a supportive site.

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    Re: feathers missing from vent/tail area

    waxed paper on the cage bottom will also help get a good stool sample. a vet could easily get one without bringing one in too...

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    Re: feathers missing from vent/tail area

    Thanks Dani.

    Lil Sapphire's poop was obtained and examined by the vet who said there was no evidence of parasites or bacterial infection. She's bright-eyed and happy but still kind of scared of me. She's going to be my yellow budgie's buddy as soon as she goes through a couple weeks quarantiine so in the meantime I am trying to get her to accept me as buddy. Now I will put her cage on my worktable so she can watch me at work...

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