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My African Grey hen is sitting on eggs(not fertile) and has

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Customer: My African Grey hen is sitting on eggs(not fertile) and has suddenly developed swollen ankles and red sores on her ankles and feet.
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: The sores look like small wounds but aren't bleeding. She is 22 years old and lays eggs several time a year. She lives in a 5' by 4'by 3' foot cage, comes out every evening for snacks and tv. She eats peanuts, cheerios apples bannas and Zupreem Natural.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. We don't have many avian vets on this site. Please review this site concerning inflammatory skin lesions: Please pay particular attention to "bacterial diseases" which are over-represented in African Greys. She's going to need an avian vet (please see here: to differentiate bacterial skin disease from the many possible viral skin disease. Cultures of her skin/feather follicles should be considered and a broad spectrum antibiotic prescribed until culture results return and more directed therapy can be prescribed.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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