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Old 03-07-2017, 08:55 PM
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So Mabel has passed the one year mark now and has been going through a very heavy molt for the past few weeks (actually, my entire flock is - soo many feathers everywhere). She has pin feathers popping up everywhere and has been preening like crazy and letting out a little yelp every time she knocks one of them. I've been showering her daily in an attempt to help relieve some of her itchiness. Yesterday I noticed some blood on her beak and watched her pull out several new pins from under her wings, where the down has not yet grown back and her bare skin is showing. She was yelping but kept doing it. I've been keeping a close eye on her and have noticed her doing it quite often... I'm really concerned. This has only started since she has been molting, she has never plucked herself before. I'll see if I can get a photo next time she does bat bird.
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You can try spraying her with 100% aloe mixed with warm water. Pin feathers are super itchy and that could definitely be her issue.
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Old 03-08-2017, 09:50 PM
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Thanks Roxy, I will try that. I haven't seen nor heard her pluck any today so that's a relief.
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Keeping my fingers crossed, and Joey is keeping his wings crossed, that no plucking means she is on the mend.
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There's no chance they could have got mites from anything? Just best to be vigilant with things like that also as moulti is so stressful that if they catch a mite while under stress it can be fatal I used scat on all my birds every few months as precaution and I use dermatcious powder on crevices but my birds are outside so more chances for them to get them. The aloe advice is excellent as it's non toxic and soothes and heals
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No, I don't think she could have caught mites, as my flock spends the majority of their time indoors. She hasn't plucked in a few days and her molting is slowing down, so hopefully this will be the end of it, and if not, I'll contact my vet.
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Okay, bad news. Today I was giving the flock a shower and noticed two new bald spots on both sides of Mabel's wings. I managed to get a pic of the worst one. This doesn't look normal, right?

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If you haven't already, have her tested for giardia. Plucking/screaming and plucking under the wings are primary symptoms.
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Thanks enigma - I am going to make an appointment today. The scale shows Mabel has lost 5 grams. Henry has had giardia in the past - can it recur even though he was treated? The aloe vera seems to be helping with the itchiness but hasn't stopped the overpreening. My partner has a huge aloe vera plant so I've been slicing up a leaf and letting it soak in some water in a spray bottle overnight.
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Yes, it can recur. Giardia sheds intermittently, so birds can be asymptomatic carriers for it, too.
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