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Bacterial and Fungal Skin Infections in Birds

Skin Infections in Birds

Much like humans, birds suffer from skin infections.
In birds, they can be due to injury or infection and usually results in redness and swelling.
And if the bird continuously pecks at the infection, it may be ulcerate.

Symptoms and Types

In general, symptoms affecting the skin include:

  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Swelling

If your bird is pecking an skin area more than usual, check for infection and take the bird to the veterinarian for proper diagnosis and medication.

There are various types of skin infections in birds, including:

  • Bacterial skin infections – caused by bacteria, such as bacilli, staphylococciand streptococci. Bumblefoot is caused by staphylococci.
  • Fungal skin infections – caused by various fungi like ringworm, Cryptococcus fungi, malassezia yeast, etc.
    They can occur anywhere on the body. Although, yeast infections occur usually around the beak.


Bacterial skin infections are treated with antibiotics mixed into their drinking water.
Fungal skin infections,meanwhile, are generally treated with oral medication or by spraying the infected area.


When infection occurs as with normal routine, all feed bowls, drinkers and cage/aviary should be thoroughly cleaned with KD Water Cleanser Powder.
Skin infections can spread from birds to humans and from humans to birds. Therefore, whenever there is infection in the house, care should be taken to prevent an outbreak of the contagion. In addition, the bird should be kept clean and dry, and any skin injury should be properly taken care of to prevent infection.

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