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    itching and biting cockatiel

    yesterday I came down to find blood spots on my cockatiels breast (Pearl), she is biting and scratching her tummy and tops of legs.
    I don't think it's mites or parasites as I only one other bird, a budgie, and they don't come into contact with other birds.
    Pearl is quite agitated - she is flinching and twitching - probably due to the itching.
    I couldn't find an avian vet open yesterday - Sunday - and can't get an appointment till 5pm today.
    Any ideas/suggestions.

    I've completely cleaned out the cage and toys and changed all food and water - my budgie is fine.

    I did give her a fresh cabbage leaf from my garden on Saturday, could this be it??

    Please help - very worried - she's only 10 months old and so friendly.

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    Re: itching and biting cockatiel

    Hi Deborah, I think getting her to the vet is the best idea. Was the fresh cabbage leaf thoroughly washed? The only thing I can think of is that wild birds may have had contact with the cabbage leaf and Pearl could have caught something via that route. My white ringneck dove occasionally has an itching session, but it's very dry where I live. I turn on my humidifier when he itches, and he's fine within hours. Do let us know what the vet says. You could try misting her with some warm water to see if that helps...

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    Re: itching and biting cockatiel

    It could be a variety of things - lack of humidity can cause them to get itchy skin, molting can cause their pin feathers to itch, a food allergy could cause an allergic reaction and make her itchy, etc. A vet will be able to determine what is the problem.

    In the mean time, get some 100% PURE aloe, put it in some water and mist her down to soothe her chest.

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    Re: itching and biting cockatiel

    I am happy she is going to see a vet and hope they can figure out why she is so itchy. Lots of things cause this and if she is only 10 months old perhaps it is just her molting and not nothing bad.
    Fly Free Boomer, we will forever love you.

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    Re: itching and biting cockatiel

    Hi there and thanks for your advise.

    Vet examined her and said that her breast was badly bruised and said she would be in a lot of pain - hence the biting and scratching, self mutilating. She spends most of the day out of her cage, sitting with me and wandering about the house whilst I do chores - I haven't noticed her flying into anything or falling off anything - so unclear how this has happened.

    We did have a really bad storm a couple of nights ago - she could have done it during the night.

    Vet prescribed pain killers, this should stop her biting herself - but her best mate, Bertie the budgie is a big distraction, which is what she needs right now.

    10 days of pain killers should help her - so fingers crossed.

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    Re: itching and biting cockatiel

    Sounds like she might of had a "night fright" with the storm coming in the middle of the night!! Praying that she will be completely healed and back to her "young self" real soon!

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    Re: itching and biting cockatiel

    Poor baby - sometimes they can land incorrectly when young and bruise their chests, or a night fright is entirely possible (my tiel has them every few months, poor babies). Hope she feels better with the pain meds.

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    Re: itching and biting cockatiel

    Awww... poor poor baby! Is she flighted or are her wings clipped short enough that she could fall hard on her chest? This could very well have been a night fright injury. Try leaving a small night light on for her - they do help. Tiels are prone to night frights, and it's scary for both bird and owner. Good that you took her to the vet. At least she has meds, and you now know what the problem is.

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    I am sorry she hurt herself, it least she now has something to take away her pain.
    Fly Free Boomer, we will forever love you.

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    Re: itching and biting cockatiel

    Thanks for all your support. Pearl seems better already. She doesn't have her wings clipped as she's not a big flyer, loves to climb around and is happy to sit and cuddle.
    Will try the night light.
    Thanks everyone.

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