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Old 08-27-2019, 03:37 PM
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My GCC mutilates himself :(

hello parrot lovers. i have a 2 year old green cheek conure i got him when he was 2 months old from a local breeder. Hes very well behaved doesnt bite doesnt scream. i work from home so i only put him in his cage during the night and i let him out first thing in the morning. he gets constant attention during the day and i can say hes pretty happy.
Except that he periodically enters a state of intense self scratching(around his neck) periods lasts for like 1 week. its so intense that i can see patches of skin almost about to fall off swollen almost rotten looking. he completely ignores me, his mood changes and stays in the corner in the room. first time it happened around a year ago. i went outside for like 2 hours i got back and his neck was all wet and yes you guessed it, it was all blood. i took him to a vet actually number of vets but none of them could help him. they just gave me multivitamins and antibiotics to be used for a week. it was so bad that i thought he is going to die because he lost the ability to fly because he lost all his power during that period. after a week he stopped scratching himself and there was a big scab around his neck for almost 2 weeks. he completely healed and when i thought it wont happen again, happened the same thing after around 4-5 months but he didnt lose his ability to fly this time i would say he was abit better but the sight around his neck is just hard to look at. and now after around 4months hes having the same thing. no matter what i do i cant stop him to scratch himself. i filed his nails to be sure they are not sharp and looked for any pin feathers that might give him troubles i even pulled them out completely but no it didnt help at all. all i ask from you guys if anyone experienced the same thing so i can know what im dealing with. watching him slowly mutilating his neck destroys my heart love him to bits just dont know what to do..
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Re: My GCC mutilates himself :(

Did they scope his crop? Or do an x-ray? This makes me think he has thread or something impacting his crop..... does he have a happy hut??? Many birds get impaction of the crop by eating the fluff. Does he chew on ropes?
I'm sorry to hear of this, and glad you have tried vets. I hope you have gone to avain specialist, who have advanced training and certification? If so it might be good to seek a veterinary school and see if they can help. Something like this sounds like it could risk his life at some point....awww I just feel for you!!
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Re: My GCC mutilates himself :(

This has to be heartbreaking!
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Re: My GCC mutilates himself :(

Oh my goodness, that is terrible... I used to have two cockatiels, and the female would pluck her feathers and chew on the skin too - it was all behavioral unfortunately. The certified avian vet suggested birdie collar (made of some kind of Styrofoam and it didn't work well) and antibiotics... Unfortunately, her condition progressed to worse over the years to the point that I felt I couldn't and didn't know how to help her anymore. It was hard to watch. I had to surrender her to a bird sanctuary/rescue where they had regular vet visits and knowledgeable caretakers. It was so heartbreaking, but I knew she was gonna receive better care there. They put this fleece collar on her and she was receiving a lot of one on one attention, something I couldn't give her at home because I had her partner, the male cockatiel. Well, to cut story short, the male went crazy without her, crying all day and attacking me, which he had never done before. So, I had to surrender him to them as well. However, it turns out, they figured out that he was stressing her out so they separated them permanently. The male was paired up with a cockatiel he got along with well and she was adopted by a lady who was going to devote all the time to her. I still miss them to this day and my heart is broken for giving them up (I felt like a failure for a long time after that), but looking at the bigger picture, they are both much happier and probably healthier for that matter.
Anyway, there is always a reason why birds do things like that. It's just the matter of finding the right person who is knowledgeable enough to figure it out. Don't give up, I would find a certified avian vet to begin with and maybe a parrot rescue or something where you can get more answers, not necessarily give him up but get help from them. See if a fleece birdie collar works. Test for parasites and other illnesses maybe?
I feel bad for you, it is a very stressful thing to watch your bird suffer like that.
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Re: My GCC mutilates himself :(

Quote: Originally Posted by Laurasea View Post
Did they scope his crop? Or do an x-ray? This makes me think he has thread or something impacting his crop..... does he have a happy hut??? Many birds get impaction of the crop by eating the fluff. Does he chew on ropes?
I'm sorry to hear of this, and glad you have tried vets. I hope you have gone to avain specialist, who have advanced training and certification? If so it might be good to seek a veterinary school and see if they can help. Something like this sounds like it could risk his life at some point....awww I just feel for you!!
thanks for all the replies it means alot. before i had him i was aware of this situation with the happy hut and read some horror stories so instead i made him myself from a cardboard.
the problem is where i live birdies are not popular so finding an avian vet is like searching for a unicorn in the middle of a desert but i swear i ll find one day because this situation wont disappear it will keep coming back this is the third time and im not sure for how many more times he can tolerate this situation with its tiny body i swear to god he is going to turn my life upside down is something happens to him.
noted your suggestions thanks for everyone who responded i will try to see what more i can do apart from giving him antibiotics which seems to help abit.
its also interesting how this situation happens in an instant theres no transition or any other signs or may be i cant read them i dont know.
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Old 08-27-2019, 07:34 PM
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Re: My GCC mutilates himself :(

I'm sorry to hear this.
It sounds to me like it could be a skin irritation or an allergy.
I wouldn't immediately think behavior based on what you've said about his day to day life. (which is wonderful btw)
Is it happening around the same time every year?
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Re: My GCC mutilates himself :(

This is what I was talking about - birdie collars : https://birdsupplies.com/
You can probably make something similar at home.
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Quote: Originally Posted by Tami2 View Post
I'm sorry to hear this.
It sounds to me like it could be a skin irritation or an allergy.
That is a good point. Maybe food allergy? Sometimes if there are bits of corn in the seed mix, the bird may be allergic to it.
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Re: My GCC mutilates himself :(

You can feed yogurt with live culture no artificial sweeteners, and just a thumb size amount from a fresh new one each time, mine lick it from my fingers. It can help balance his flora.
Also be aware of any lotion or perfume you have on. Like mentioned it could be allergy to a food too, or behavior.... But I worry about the crop the most. Something their crop gets burned by the breeder feeding to hot food and scars, not saying this is what happened. Poor thing. Do you have any last pictures of this you can share?
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Re: My GCC mutilates himself :(

Quote: Originally Posted by Laurasea View Post
You can feed yogurt with live culture no artificial sweeteners, and just a thumb size amount from a fresh new one each time, mine lick it from my fingers. It can help balance his flora.
Also be aware of any lotion or perfume you have on. Like mentioned it could be allergy to a good too, or behavior.... But I worry about the crop the most. Something their crop gets burned by the breeder feeding to hot food and scars, not saying this is what happened. Poor thing. Do you have any last pictures of this you can share?
There is also birdie probiotics you can give w/out giving the dairy.
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