Why Is My Cockatiel Pulling Feathers From Under His Wings

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Why Is My Cockatiel Pulling Feathers From Under His Wings


Date: Wed, Oct 24, 2018 at 11:47 AM

Dear Mitch

I wanted to ask for your advise.

My male cockatiel is pulling his feathers out from under his wings.

I brought him to one avian vet who did blood work. That was a dead end.


The 2nd vet sent droppings to a lab and that was negative.


She also did a swab under the wing and that showed a bacterial infection.


We do not know what came first.


Plucking causing the infection or the infection causing the plucking.


What came first the chicken or the egg.


The bird was given an antibiotic twice a day for 2 weeks.


Still plucking.


Now the vet wants to give the bird a hormone shot.


I have not done this until I talk with you.


Could you please do an article on hormone shots for male cockatiels?


Also what can you recommend I do other than trying these shots?


The bird also screeches pleads and cries to let me give him a coca cola 12 pack cardboard box to sit in all day.


He is relentless and will not stop screeching till I give him that DARN box!


Mitch any advice you give I appreciate.


Under his wings is all bald now.


I truly care for this little bird


By the way just love your Sunday brunch. Jannine


Hi Jannine


This is a WAG (wild ass guess)


He is a she and is in brooding mode.


Two signals – plucking feathers from under the wing is typical when a cockatiel hen wants to build a nest.


The brooding area in your cage is the Coca-Cola box which is why it is in such demand.


As for the hormone shot I would advocate that you walk away – this is why


The antibiotics to take care of the infection but I want you to put the bird in its cage for at least 72 hours.


Not let it out.


Place a full spectrum bulb over the cage and keep it on 24/7.


Cover the cage at night, wrap around the sides, but not over the light source.


This is light therapy and what were going to do is simply reset your birds circadian rhythm –


No shots, no medicines just light.


Please let us know how it goes for you


Hi Mitch

Thank you kindly for responding to my situation with my bird.


I am going to start what you suggest immediately.


But with severe consequences.


You see he is not a caged bird. His cage door is open 24/7.


So he is going to screech like heck when he figures out I locked him in!


I will just have to ignore him and wear ear plugs.


He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they would visit their monthly birdie brunch in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground. Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care. He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis. He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.