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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Bird Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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My friends bird is rubbing his feathers off around his beak

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My friends bird is rubbing his feathers off around his beak and rubbing his head and scratching his head and under his feathers the skin looks chapped
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Using the wrong medication for fleas can be dangerous. You should definitely talk to the Veterinarian. What is the bird's name and age?
Customer: JG is his name and he is 10 years old he is a hahns mini mccaw
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about JG?
Customer: She recently changed cages with him he is now in a smaller cage and she got a new pet hut for him to sleep in plus a new mite thing to hang on his cage
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. We don't have many avian vets on this site. Can you upload a photo(s) of JG of to our conversation? You can upload photos by using the paperclip or add file icon in the toolbar above your message box or you can use an external app such as

I can be more accurate for you if I can see what you're seeing. Has he been feather picking/plucking as well? What has his diet consisted of?

Please have your friend remove the mite thing as it's not only worthless but dangerous to JG.