need some advise about my parakeet

txmel

Songster
10 Years
Jan 8, 2010
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hi all this is my daughters parakeet and about a month ago i decided that she had scaly leg mites and treated her with first vasoline then with baby oil. she seems to be a lot better from that but now she is losing all her feathers and is actually balding under her wings. could this just be a really bad molt or is something else going on here? thanks for your input
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Loddie Da

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Jan 14, 2007
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The fact I see pin feathers in the pic I am leaning to a molt...check back in a month - 6 weeks if feather loss is worse or you don't see regrowth.
 

wolftracks

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Nov 6, 2009
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Parakeets are one of the birds I used to raise. I've had hundreds!
Chest looks like she's molting. I've never seen that much loss under the wing, but like I said I had hundreds and I probably missed it.
I think she's just molting. They make a seed mix for them for this time, so try Petsmart or something like it and get that for her. I always gave apples slices to them too when they were molting. There's also a molting cake that you fasten to the cage, those help also, but the seed mix is cheap and it helps a lot. says the word Molting right on the package, so you can't miss it.
 

txmel

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Jan 8, 2010
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thanks everyone i put in some molting food for her and i'll cut up some apples too and put it in the cage today
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txmel

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Jan 8, 2010
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where do you get it? i looked at tsc but didnt see anything for birds. shes doing much better and starting to gain some feathers back but would like to have some or at least know where to get it if i have trouble with any other birds. thanks
 

deerman

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She is at least 6 months old so could be her first molt. She still has the mites, around the beak. I would not use ivomec on a bird that small, i use it on peafowl 1 cc per 20 lb bird. The oil worked on the legs, use a q-tip apply around the face area also.
 

txmel

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10 Years
Jan 8, 2010
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here is a pic taken just now does she still look like she has the mites on her face? i thought i had gotten them
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VioletandBodie

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Aug 11, 2010
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you don't use it strait you can buy it on-line in measured pages that you mix with a gallon of water, never use it strait though it will kill her. also never use cooking oil or Vaseline on a bird if ingested it can make them vary sick
 

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