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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Bird
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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My cockatiel looks wet/oily, dark and balding ribs

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my cockatiel looks wet/oily, dark and balding ribs
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. Your description of your cockatiel is difficult for me to visualize. Can you upload a photo of him to our conversation? You can use the paperclip icon in the toolbar above your message box (if that icon is visible) or you can use an external app such as or I can be more accurate for you if I can see what you're seeing. Are there other symptoms such as anorexia, vomiting/regurgitation, sneezing, diarrhea, or weight loss to report?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Last night our cellphone/camera went in the commode; literally. Will I be able to send pics and continue our conversation when I get the replacement phone? When I get our phone, I'd like to call kuz I'm disabled...
Meanwhile- He's been gradually getting darker (grey to charcoal). Losing pectoral&underwing and leg feathers. Breast,back are scrffy, unpowdery-like. Tail looks powdered, but one feather shows a smudge or unpowdered beaksize scrape. Crown feathers are hail-like and headfeathers have new but tiny pins, but fully freathered n seeming to lack powder. He's looking underweight around his balding areas, but eats as normal.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I mean hair-like, not hail
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Yes, you're welcome to return to our conversation at your convenience. Please bookmark this page for ease of return. I'm hopeful that you're simply describing a molting bird.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Hi Mary,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Mary Sloman. How is everything going?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Can't upload replacement phone pics either! Unbelievable!! I'm charging cam I just received from ebay right now. I'm quadriplgic n need help so will send pics asap. pls forgive my luck. no change in 'Bobby-moon' since last letter btw. Looking skinny but eats.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I understand. I'll watch for your next post.