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Date Posted: 22:37:32 08/25/07 Sat
Author: Beverly
Subject: This sounds like either a 'rub' or 'neurotic grooming' problem, Rich ..
In reply to: Rich Klarich 's message, "Tail redness and fur loss help, please" on 21:57:47 08/25/07 Sat

(This sounds like either a 'rub' or 'neurotic grooming' problem, Rich ..). The 'rub' could be just from following the same path around her cage, and contacting the same area. Sometimes just changing the cage 'furniture' can help, as it causes the flyer to change their path. If it's nuerotic grooming (excessive grooming due to boredom), then just making sure she's getting some quality time with you, out of her cage, will help. Hair loss, however, is fairly normal ... sometimes a flyer will molt tail hair in 'bunches', and there will be a noticible 'gap' in the normal full feathering. I would not be overly concerned about that. But, I'd watch the 'redness' problem. I would not use any ointment, just now, unless you see evidence on infection (yes, it could be said that 'redness' is a sign of infection -- but it's also just a sign of irritation. It the skin is not broken, and not 'oozing', then I'd say, leave ointment off.) If there is sign of infection, you can try any OTC antibacterial ointment -- but use it very sparingly. Ointments usually cause the flyer to increase grooming, to get the ointment off. Not what you want. I'm hoping you'll see improvement, as you spend time with her, and give her time out of the cage. Keep us posted!

>Long time since I've posted here. Just back from a
>trip and Rocky, my 6-1/2 year old female has some
>redness on the center spine of her tail and some fur
>loss on one side of the tail. She's alone in a 4'high
>2'x2' wide/deep parrot cage. I'll have to watch for a
>few days now that I'm home solid for a while.
>She gets a normal diet of vita drops every other week
>or so, Repcal powder on her seeds/nuts, apples and
>Thank you in advance!
>Rich Klarich

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