Seramas Scabby Tail Feathers?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by DragonEggs, Jun 18, 2010.

  1. DragonEggs

    DragonEggs Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2010
    Borger, TX
    I bought a young pair of Seramas a couple of weeks ago. Their cage mates had plucked out their tail and back feathers. I've had them seperated from my main flock to allow their feathers to grow back. I noticed today that the females feathers had grown back considerably while the male didn't seem to show much progress. I took him out to check him and noticed his tail was very scabby and swollen. I ran it under warm water and pulled off a pretty good size scab. The flesh underneath looks pink and healthy. There was a tiny amount of blood from some of the feather holes since when I pulled off the scab it pulled out some roots, but the feathers weren't growing, they looked like ingrown hairs. It was still very swollen and I noticed some other feather roots that looked kind of like ingrown hairs that were very swollen. I pulled out the worst looking ones and the root was very slimy and there was a little bit of pus like stuff. I cleaned his little tail off again with warm water and put him back in with his mate. Is this something normal that happens when they lose a lot of tail feathers? Did I do the right thing? What else should I do for him?

    I'll try to post pictures of what his tail looks like now all cleaned up after he calms down a bit.
     
  2. DragonEggs

    DragonEggs Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2010
    Borger, TX
    Anyone?
     
  3. Ondra's Seramas

    Ondra's Seramas Drowning in Seramas

    Feb 19, 2009
    North Central WA
    I have never had that happen. The best thing would be triple antibiotic ointment and checking it often. Make sure that it isn't pecked again. It could be infected. [​IMG]
     
  4. ryanhodapp

    ryanhodapp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    May 5, 2010
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    I have the same problem with mine, I wish I had seen your post before I posted my own. infected hair follicle, that seems reasonable, still dont know what to do about it.

    Help anyone?

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  5. DragonEggs

    DragonEggs Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2010
    Borger, TX
    Yep, thats EXACTLY what mine looked like! I picked off all the scabs and plucked the feathers that looked bad and cleaned it really good. I went back and put antibiotic ointment on it. Today the swelling has gone down considerably, the skin looks healthy and new feathers are already growing! There are only a couple of tiny pin point scabs where the really bad feather follicles bled a little when I picked out bad feathers.
     

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