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    bald spot

    my partner and i have had our cockatiel for about 3 weeks now and she is doing really great. loves to have her neck scratched etc. i noticed yesterday that she has quite a large balding spot on the side of her neck, you can't see it until you seperate the feathers but it's quite big and she seems to like when i pet her there. she doesn't have it on the other side or anything. the skin there looks healthy, there doesn't seem to be any feathers growing there at all, just pink skin with white looking lines (i don't know how to explain it) along the skin.

    i was just wondering if this was normal? i don't know if she had it before we got her or not because it's hard to find and was found by accident.
    (she doesn't seem to be plucking them, i don't think she could really reach at that spot either.)

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    Re: bald spot

    There's two possibilities...

    1. There is no bald patch, when you pull a birds feathers to one side it looks sparse.

    2. Your bird is going through a moult and is yet to grow it's new feathers there.


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    that is what i thought too, that maybe it's just that i seperated the feathers a lot, but the spot is wider than my finger. i do hope that she is just moulting, this is our first cockatiel so we really don't know everything besides the lots that we have read on here and various other places and we really want to be sure that nothing bad happens because we are already very much in love with her .

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    Re: bald spot

    When in doubt, a checkup from your avian vet can never hurt.

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    Re: bald spot

    When I first got Baby, you would be able to see her skin when blowing softly on her tummy. That's because she hadn't grown all her feathers there at that time.

    My vet told me everything was safe, because I made sure to go 1-2 weeks after I got her. I suggest you do the same and have your bird get a complete checkup. It can never hurt and the vet will be able to give you very valuable advice. You will also know where to take your bird if anything bad happens.

    You can use this link to find an avian vet near you :
    aav.org/vet-lookup/

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    Re: bald spot

    Hmmm... a bald patch on the SIDE of the head, and she likes being scratched there? is it where the orange cheek spot is/would be? is there another one on the other side?
    It may just be the clearing where her ear is....

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    Re: bald spot

    woodys had a little bald spot under her beak since i got her,and it's still there,but i was told thats happenes in some young birds,don't know if it's the same thing though,she loves being scrathed there,but loves all head and neck scratching too lol

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