Last week I uncovered my budgies and saw that Pickpocket's one wing was a bit droopy. So I caught her, lifted up her wing, and discovered this!
I rushed her to my Avian Vet and they took a swab of the pus under her wing. It came back inconclusive as all they could really find were swollen skin cells (which is normal considering the amount of damage she has under her wing).
She was prescribed some pain medicine and Doxyvet (a broad-spectrum antibiotic) for a week. She didn't show any improvement so I took her back yesterday for a recheck.
We decided that having a biopsy preformed would be the best bet.
Pickpocket survived the anesthetics and I picked her up this morning. She is eating and pooping well although she looks very miserable.
(The blood on her wing is from the surgery, not from the original wound.)
Now my question...
What caused this skin infection!?
I have triple checked their cage. There is nothing there she could have scratched her wing on. It is highly unlikely that the other budgies attacked her under
her wing and left her feet and head alone. I even checked the entire room for rat droppings to see if a rodent would have attacked her during the night (even though we have never had a rodent problem).
My Avian Vet said it almost looks as if a cat or dog grabbed her wing. However, this is definitely not the case. The budgies are in their own room and the door is kept closed and locked at all times. Besides, Chompie (my dog) is 11 years old and sleeps for 90% of the day. He is very slow (arthritis) and has never been allowed in the budgie room.
I'm hoping the biopsy and blood tests provide me with an answer. In the mean time, do any of you have any suggestions on what might have happened to Pickpocket?