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    Help! Possibly sick cockatiel!!!!

    My bird is a 9 month old male cockatiel and recently he has been scratching himself with his beak under his wings a lot and it looks like there is a patch of missing feathers but Iím not sure since he doesnít let me touch him. Iím really scared that itís a serious situation. I have a video as well but donít know how to put it here.

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    Re: Help! Possibly sick cockatiel!!!!

    Its possible he is molting and getting new feathers and one under his wing might be hurting him. For now lots of baths and misting might help him feel a little bit better and it might be worth trying to hold him in a towel or in your hand just to look under his wing to make sure nothing is there.
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    Re: Help! Possibly sick cockatiel!!!!

    Hi, and welcome! Do you keep him inside your home in a cage, or is he outside in an aviary setting? Generally, cockatiels do not get mites, but to me, if it looks like he has scratched the skin so that feathers are missing, that would call for an Avian vet visit. You do not want him to scratch so much the skin starts to bleed.

    I recommend calling an avian vet in your area, and describe to them what is happening with him and his scratching. They will be able to tell you if you need to take him in for a health and wing check. When birds bleed, they can lose blood fast. Mites are very, very small black bugs, and they can make a bird really, really miserable.

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    Re: Help! Possibly sick cockatiel!!!!

    Thanks! I have asked help from a facebook group too and showed them the video as well. They told me to give him baths and that he is just growing new feathers and cleaning himself. He is doing well! I hold him inside my home and he isnít bleeding thankfully.

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    Re: Help! Possibly sick cockatiel!!!!

    Happy to hear that your cockatiel is doing better. When new feathers grow in, usually they are called pin feathers, they make birds really itchy. Warm misting or bath's are very helpful when new feathers are coming in, especially after a molt. Also, misting and or bathing it keeps the cockatiel dander under control.
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    Re: Help! Possibly sick cockatiel!!!!

    Our vet recommends mixing a little dab of Organic Red Palm oil into a bit of fresh food and feed it to them daily, . Tikki my daughters bird licks it off our fingers and loves it. It is really good for them and it does help keep the skin healthy. Just make sure it is Organic red palm oil because if its not organic is might have some bad things in it. She also recommends making a spray with a little Organic Aloe Vera and purifyed water. It is great for dry skin and itchy feather picking birds.
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