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Pics of Galah dry and bald spot.

I noticed he has some flaking bits of skin on his head D:
He also sounds as if he can't breath through his nostrils properly, which is what got mum to agree with taking him to the vet for a check up, but we have to wait until payday..
Maybe he is just moulting, he has really fluffy feathers under his tail.
Anyway, I got some photos to put up and ask for any more advice or anything? Would papaw ointment be any good? I use it for everything! Lips, sores, you name it. I've even used it on my dog, although she'd rather eat it..

Are they just pin feathers on his head? and below photo, you can kinda see the bald spot just above his leg, and how fluffy the feathers are.
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I really don't know what to say other than just take her to the vet and see what they say. She is definitely full of pinnies

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Don't really know what to suggest sorry in not much help but I hope she gets better soon
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Poor Charlie, at least now he's got a better home with people who care for him and love him properly No offense to the previous owners, but they obviously didn't do their research...
Haha it's all good (: And thanks!
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He looks like he has all around dry skin, so he may be irritated and itchy. Does he let you give him spray baths? Give him one every day, if you can, to hydrate his skin and clean up his feathers. For his nose, are the nares (nostrils) clogged at all? Sometimes, with 'toos and 'tiels, if they don't get bathed regularly their nares can get clogged up with dust. Bathe him regularly, bring him in the shower with you if he will do it (the humid air and steam will help clear his nares and lungs as well as help with dry skin) and you can even bring him IN the shower - Goober showers with me a couple times a week, she loves to stand in the spray



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He certainly is moulting. All those pinnies in his head, he must be very itchy. The bald patch may even be the beginnings of self mutilation where he has plucked himself.

Spray baths certainly won't hurt at all. I would be very careful about using any creams or ointments on him, what may not hurt the dog you don't know if it will be harmful for the bird. Pap Paw is safe but what is the base cream it is put in.

If he will let you give him head scratches you may be able to break open many of those pinnies for him. I am sure he will appreciate it.
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He;s so lucky to've found you,
good luck with the vet.

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He's a beautiful bird - I've never seen one like him before.

For sure try scritching his head - my birds love the assistance in breaking open those pin feathers - and the spray will really help open them up too.
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Good luck with everything He is beautiful, I hope everything goes well

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Thank you all I will have to buy a spray bottle just for water, mum always puts tea tree oil in the others.... And with the papaw ointment all it says it contains is carica papaw and potassium sorbate?
I'll go with water now (: I was scratching his head while dipping my fingers in water, he loved it :P
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Oh yay! While scritching his head I popped some of the pin feathers and blew on them to remove the dusty stuff :3 He loved it! But I can't get to the ones on his neck and a bit lower than the top of his head. I tried to use some plastic tweezers with a flat end but he doesn't like the tweezers :P
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There needs to be a lotion as a carrier for the Paw Paw, Potassium Sorbate would be Sorbalene, not something I would use on birds. If it was Lanoline based it may be alright. Lanoline is the oil found in sheep's fleece and is more natural. But it will stuff up his feathers as would the Sorbalene. I would just go with the spray bottle of water. Cockatoo's are different to most other species of birds in that they don't use oil from a preaning gland at the base of the tail to clean their feathers with. Toos have a 4th type of feather called powder down feathers situated over the hip area of the birds. These continue to grow and the birds use the powder from these feathers to prean themselves with. Hence the white dust when a too cuddles you. This powder down water proofs the birds and keeps them clean.

Any help to open up those pinnies will be appreciated and no I doubt he would like the tweezers. With my guys I usually just give the pinnies a squeeze without pulling and this breaks open the casing over the feather. The bird can then get the rest off fairly easily with their claws.
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I'm glad you know your stuff! Everyone here is so helpful (: Yeah I'll stick with the water! Next up is buying some toys that he can pull apart, poor thing only had a rusty toy :/ a RUSTY toy! Who even allows their pet a toy that has rust :S golly. Plus all he has to chew is his perches...

While cleaning his cage he got a bit wet from the hose but doesn't like it too much, but hopefully little doses from a bottle will be better (: Thanks!!
Haha yeah the powder gets everywhere :P
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Hi Sarah,
I just read in Parrots Mag that a spray of apple cider vinegar can help with dry skin?

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Thanks! I'll research a bit more and try it out
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