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Date Posted: 23:21:24 08/25/07 Sat
Author: Rich Klarich
Subject: Re: This sounds like either a 'rub' or 'neurotic grooming' problem, Rich ..
In reply to: Beverly 's message, "This sounds like either a 'rub' or 'neurotic grooming' problem, Rich .." on 22:37:32 08/25/07 Sat


THank you! No broken skin, yep, the grooming could be it as she's been mostly alone for a bunch of days while I was out- she's resting w/ me now. Thanks again for the support!

>(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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