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    Sundancer42
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    Bald Spot

    I have a lutino cockatiel. My cockatiel does have a bald spot on the top of its head, but lately I have been noticing a larger bald spot around the side of its head. She seems to be doing fine, and isn't affected by it (from what I can see, anyway), but I am getting worried because the spot has grown to about the size of a nickel. If anybody has any commentary or knows whats going on, please write me back.

    Thanks,
    Amy

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    Re: Bald Spot

    Since it is on the side,and seems to begetting larger,I'dtake her to the avian vet, and see what they think :s.
    It doesn't sound likeanything normal, and if she was plucking or rubbing it, therewould bered marks/bloody shafts in it.
    See the avian vet, and get their opinion
    Hope everything turnsout well!

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    Re: Bald Spot

    Well, poorly bred lutinos DO tend to have a bald spot under their crest (it's due to the inbreeding in some of the lines), but it stays at one size.

    Since your bird's bald spot is growing/spreading, that would be cause for alarm as it is NOT normal.
    Please get your bird to an avian vet ASAP.
    Use www.aav.org/vet-lookup to find one.

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    Thanks so much for your replies. I am taking her to the vet this afternoon. I noticed something this morning that made me think, though. When I went down to their room in the morning. I saw her using her foot to itch the spot, it has now started growing on the other side of her cheek, too. Is there a chance that she may have a rash or some condition that is making her itch, and loosing the feathers? Just another thought.
    Thanks again,
    Amy

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    It is possible that she has some sort of a mite, or another skin condition. Your vet will be able to tell. Let us know how it goes!!

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    Doing much better

    I took her to the vet last Thursday. They took a skin scraping and a stool sample. They found some flagella swimming around in there, so they think it may be some kind of paracite related to Giardia. The medicine will hopefully help, although they hate to take it! We
    re headed back after ten days for a follow up. Hope we'll get it cleared up soon.
    Thanks again,
    Amy, Daffodil and Abby

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