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Old 09-14-2018, 06:03 AM
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I have come to know a lot about my tiel in a very short span of time but still there's a lot to know especially those fine details and little things! We've got toys, new home and an avian vet checkup and all! Vet said she is healthy and very active! Now, maybe she's started to molt because we see a few little feathers and that dandruff like stuff being shed- Today, I noticed this little thing on her head, it looks like a feather's root, it's not swelling but looks red. What's this? Also, Can you please upload pics of what pin feathers look like in lutino cockatiels?
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Re: Something odd on head!

Yup, pinfeather.


Lovely looking bird!
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Old 09-14-2018, 01:25 PM
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Re: Something odd on head!

It's not unusual for Tiels to have a bald spot underneath their crest. Breeders tend to see this as bad/undesirable.

Your Tiel looks more bald than I have seen before. If you are housing the bird with another Tiel it could be that the other bird is overgrooming or even plucking some feathers out. If so I would recommend separating them.

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Re: Something odd on head!

There's no other bird! The bald spot is there since we got her!
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It's not unusual for Tiels to have a bald spot underneath their crest. Breeders tend to see this as bad/undesirable.

Your Tiel looks more bald than I have seen before. If you are housing the bird with another Tiel it could be that the other bird is overgrooming or even plucking some feathers out. If so I would recommend separating them.

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Old 09-14-2018, 01:31 PM
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Re: Something odd on head!

It just looks like a new blood feather to me, they’re normal. Do you know what blood feathers are?
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It just looks like a new blood feather to me, theyíre normal. Do you know what blood feathers are?
Yes yes I do know what a blood feather is...by definition a blood feather is just another pin feather with a blood supply!

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Great! So I reckon that’s what it is. Be careful when you scratch her head cos blood feathers are very sensitive so you don’t want to aggravate her.
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I am avoiding scratching that area :-) But I wanna know one thing, what if she breaks a blood feather by herself and it starts bleeding? What can I do in that situation? Someone said potassium permanganate crystals can be a help but I'm not sure!
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Great! So I reckon thatís what it is. Be careful when you scratch her head cos blood feathers are very sensitive so you donít want to aggravate her.
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Re: Something odd on head!

If you can get your hands on a styptic pencil (I got mine from a pharmacy)) they’re great for stopping bleeding. Blood feathers don’t break all that often really though, I think in 50 years of bird ownership I’ve only had 2 or 3. In extremes I’ve pulled the feather out to stop the bleeding, but only in emergency if I cannot get to the vet and nothing else is working. But it’s not recommended to go pulling wing feathers out as they are very firmly attached and it would cause your bird great pain if you did that, it would be like someone pulling your finger off! So in a case like that you’d have to get her to a vet, but it’s rare so don’t get too worried ok?!
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If you can get your hands on a styptic pencil (I got mine from a pharmacy)) theyíre great for stopping bleeding. Blood feathers donít break all that often really though, I think in 50 years of bird ownership Iíve only had 2 or 3. In extremes Iíve pulled the feather out to stop the bleeding, but only in emergency if I cannot get to the vet and nothing else is working. But itís not recommended to go pulling wing feathers out as they are very firmly attached and it would cause your bird great pain if you did that, it would be like someone pulling your finger off! So in a case like that youíd have to get her to a vet, but itís rare so donít get too worried ok?!
Thanku sooo much :-) You're very helpful. I am not sure if she's molting or not- Can you please just check out this thread too! https://r.tapatalk.com/shareLink?url...6&share_type=t Amy and I think it's a molt but I'll love your opinion...

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