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Old 01-02-2020, 07:35 PM
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Re: Please help! Is this PBFD or some skin disease?

Do not add vitamins to water!!!! It makes the water rot. Stop doing that.
You have got to work on veggie, and leafy greens, or even sprouting seeds. Scrambled eggs are good to offer a little of, cooked lentils, cooked oatmeal a little of. I'll go get the list.
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Some birds know veggie are good for them and eat right away. Hang a leaf of romaine lettuce, or other lettaces that you eat in the cage, they will often nibble them.
Dried chill pepper still has vitamin A do you can offer it, or fresh seeds and all. Bell pepper is good to, red , yellow and orange have higher vitamin A levels. Shredded carrots, or cooked carrots.
You have to eat some if the veggies in front of them, share by hand, try to get them to steal from your plate. Birds learn from their flock, and that is you. Also you have to try chopped up in little pieces, or in chunks, cooked or raw. What ever he will eat. Offer in a shallow dish so he can see and explore the foods. Keep trying don't give up. It's the most important thing you can do for health,!!! Apples are generally liked, as us fresh corn on the cob sliced off. Never used canned anything. You can use frozen veggies that you thaw or cook for him. Plums and blueberries are good. But veggies and leafy greens have the most vitamins and nutrition. He can even have a little cooked pasta, a d any dishes you make yourself. No onions, no garlic, no mushroom.
Try to really get him trying lots of new foods it makes it easier for them to start trying even more stuff..

I don't think he has mites, or something like that. Not if he hadn't been exposed to other birds....
Since it's so dry, maybe do one very fine light mist over him once a day.
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Re: Please help! Is this PBFD or some skin disease?

Don’t put any kind of additive into drinking water. You won’t know how much your bird is actually consuming and it may well just end up contaminating the water. Fresh green and/or leafy vegetables may be difficult to get where you are but even frozen broccoli (steamed then cooled before feeding) would be fine.
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Re: Please help! Is this PBFD or some skin disease?

Thanks-a-lot for advices guys, I will try...
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Old 01-02-2020, 07:55 PM
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Re: Please help! Is this PBFD or some skin disease?

Did you see the pitch all that metal stuff in cage? It could be toxic to your bird. Galvanized and zinc coated are toxic!

If you have fresh live culture yogurt, you can let him luck it from your fingers or give him about a teaspoon. Then you need to eat the rest or pitch it for safety. You can feed once a week.
You can also play soft music for him when you aren't there. I have a link on stress in parrots that might help.
Patterning to Music

Pattern him to some piece of soothing music. (I use Stephen Halpern’s Spectrum Suite for this). This idea is based upon techniques for self-hypnosis and meditation in humans. Simply described, if I meditate for 20 minutes every day to the same piece of soothing music, then after a few months all I will need to do is to hear the music to experience again the feelings of relaxation and peacefulness usually felt during and after meditation.

This works just as well for parrots. Once you choose the music, watch for times when your parrot is resting and relaxed and put the music on to play. Also play it when you put him to bed at night. Eventually, he will be patterned to relax every time he hears this same music. You can then use it during times of high stress, such as before and after a trip to the vet, if you must have any workmen come into your home for repairs, or during the holidays when stress levels in homes are higher anyway.
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Re: Please help! Is this PBFD or some skin disease?

Sendo you a little Florida Sunshine to cheer you I hope,! This is the first sunrise of 2020 in Florida!
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Old 01-02-2020, 09:39 PM
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Re: Please help! Is this PBFD or some skin disease?

I think that Lamanku comment about the preen gland had merit. It does look like something's is up with the gland. Some research shows that low vitamin A can play a role. Low vitamin A is a big problem with parrots on an all seed diet. So definitely get him eating veggies high in vitamin A

The uropygial area is located dorsally over the pygostyle, on the midline, at the base of the tail. Secretions of this gland are an important component in maintaining feathers' condition.
Synonyms
Preen gland, oil gland
Epidemiology
Species, Age, Sex
All species that have a uropygial gland and all ages and both sexes can be affected by uropygial gland disease presentations.
Genetics and Breed Predisposition
None specific, but certain avian species (e.g., Amazon parrots, hyacinth macaws) do not have a uropygial gland; therefore, they would not be susceptible to disease conditions associated with this gland.
Risk Factors

Trauma to uropygial gland

Self-mutilation/feather/picking around the gland

Impaction of the gland

Infectious cause (e.g., bacterial)

Glandular or ductular neoplasia

Nutritional deficiencies (e.g., vitamin A)

https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics...ropygial-gland

Note : I don't think it looks ruptured or had a tumor or anything like that. But feather picking, stress , and low vitamin A
Inactive, Impacted, Blocked or Ruptured Oil Gland
A well-functioning oil gland will help a bird keep the feathers in good condition, in addition to water proofing and insulating the plumage.
Poor feather quality:
The gland occasionally gets blocked or stops producing some or all of its oil, at which point the feather quality typically deteriorates.
An impacted oil gland is usually clearly visible by the time you notice a difference in feather quality.
Seizures:
An atrophied oil gland can cause seizures. As the oil gland produces vitamin D3 precursors that are spread into the feathers as the birds preen themselves. Upon exposure to ultraviolet light, the precursors will be converted to active D3, which will then be ingested when the birds preen themselves again.

Testing an oil gland ...
Check for Swelling: The first course of action would be to part the feathers over the oil gland and check on the condition of the oil gland. If there is an unusual swelling, this would indicate an impacted oil gland.

Verify Oil Production: Gently roll the gland ("wick") through your fingers, and then check your fingers for greasy spots. If your fingers look and feel very oily, the oil gland is working. If no secretion are seen or felt, gently massage the gland and then check again. If you can only feel a little oil, the oil gland may not be functioning properly or may be completely blocked.

Possible Causes:
Tumor: The preen / oil gland is enlarged and distorted in shape. As a result the small feathers over the gland become raised and the tail feathers tend to fall out and not regrow.

Infection: An oil gland malfunction can be caused by an infection and a vet may prescribe Baytril or another broad-spectrum antibiotic for 7 - 14 days.

Stress can also cause a failing oil duct. This often happens, when captive birds are being picked upon by other birds in their environment. In this case it is best to separate them from the aggressive birds.

Malnutrition can also cause oil gland problems; such as Vitamin A deficiency. A proper diet and potential supplementation should be discussed with the vet. Adding wheat into your bird's diet may also help the gland to recover and produce more oil. To this end, some vets recommend adding SMALL amounts of fish oil to a bird's diet. Too much fish oil can get messy. Some people have added cat kibble with fish oil to their bird's diet instead. ( Not sure about this!)!


Treatment of Ruptured Oil Glands:
Ruptured glands must be surgically removed immediately; following the surgery, the plumage will obviously no longer repel water
Antibiotics need to be administered.
A drain may need to be inserted for a few days

Other potential treatments:
Antibiotics may need to be administered.
An impacted / blocked oil gland might be resolved with the use of hot packs (not too hot to burn the sensitive skin of a bird!). The hot pack should only be "warm". This "hot pack" held gently against the oil gland may help.
Gentle massage to the gland two or three times a day

Reducing stress and improving diet.


Some vets may suggest lancing the gland (releasing pus or pressure built up) Don't think you have to worry about that!!
https://www.beautyofbirds.com/birdoilgland.html
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