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Re: Bald Spots = Molting or Something Worse?

Posted by Pat on 10/04/09
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    Today, 10/04/09 we woke to find our 2006 "Peaches" one of our
    8 canaries acting the same way as below on the floor in the
    avairy. I have checked him and he appears fine, nothing as a
    lump or any outward issues. Wings, feet, eyes look okay,while
    his respirations are not raspy, he makes a clicking sound. He
    just moves slowly, leaning toward the right and stumbles as if
    intoxicated. He does fly but prefers his corner spot. We've
    moved him into a flight cage separated from the others and
    started him on Ornacycline. Could it be a stroke or some type of
    seizures? Thanks, Pat

    On 6/27/09, Lonesome Dove wrote:
    > Ringneck doves are notorious for plucking each other. What
    > you are seeing is advances being made by the male to the
    > female. She could also be doing some of the plucking herself.
    > The only cure is to separate them for some time, and this
    > will only temporarily allow the feathers to grow back because
    > plucking will probably continue when put back together. Or,
    > you would need to house them in a very LARGE and SPACIOUS
    > cage or flight so that the birds would have much more space
    > between them. Also, provide bath bowls for them. Good luck.
    > Ringneck On 6/26/09, Aubry wrote:
    >> i have two ringneck doves that i got about a month (maybe
    >> a little more) ago. i have a male and a female (and its
    >> the first time ive ever had birds really.) i came home
    >> today and my female's head had a bunch of small bald spots
    >> on the back of her head. yesterday i was looking at her
    >> and she had a small bald spot on her wing but i didnt
    >> think anything of it since she had had one that was a
    >> similar size (in a different place) that was filled back
    >> in. but today the spot had gotten bigger and there is
    >> another spot close to the same place on her other wing.
    >> the male has had nothing like this. there are feathers all
    >> over the floor but it does seem like more then what would
    >> just be coming out of the bald spots (if that makes
    >> sense).their appetite seems to be normal but the probably
    >> have different food from what their previous owner gave
    >> them. i hope this may be molting but its summer and i
    >> thought they usually molt in the winter. if its a matter
    >> of temp change then that could be a possiblity since they
    >> were kept outside and are now inside in AC.
    >> Advise on what i should do or what it might be?
    >> Thanks Aubry