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Cockatiels Illnesses: What You Need to Know!

cockatiels illnesses

Birds in the wild don’t show when they’re sick because predators might take advantage of them. However, pet birds are often too shy to vocalize their illness, which can make it difficult for owners to know when something is wrong. Pay attention to any changes in your cockatiels illnesses, behavior, character, activity level or physical health so you can ensure they stay happy and healthy. Take your sick birds to avian veterinarian right away if needed.

Cockatiels Illnesses

Cockatiels, like other birds, are skilled concealers when it comes to illnesses. This is a self-preservation mechanism since the unhealthy and weak are the ones that predators will seek out. When your cockatiel appears unwell, you may assume that your pet is seriously ill and will soon deteriorate without prompt therapy.

It is essential to observe your cockatiel carefully every day so you can be familiar with its typical behavior. This way, you will notice any changes that might suggest it is ill and needs to see a vet. Here are some signs of illness to look for:

Cockatiels Illnesses: Signs of illness to watch out for:

Could be serious – consult with vet:

  • diminished appetite
  • unkempt appearance
  • Excess amounts of white or yellowish mucus may indicate a urinary tract infection, which is considered an abnormally large amount.
  • compulsive feather picking or plucking
  • Sleep position is abnormal (continuous, both feet on the perch when normally one foot is tucked up, head tucked under the wing, head turned towards the wing with eyes only partly closed)

selective focus photography of yellow cockatiel

Cockatiels Illnesses: Critical / Serious – bird needs to be taken to vet:

  • The tail was wagging rapidly.
  • mucus or pus drainage from the beak, eyes, or nostrils
  • A build-up of mucus and semi-digested seed on the face and head feathers, as well as abnormal droppings.
  • Affected birds have abnormally developed feathers, feather growth, bleeding feathers, or an abnormal molt.
  • dull or swollen eyes
  • falling off the perch
  • hunched over posture
  • lumps or swellings on the body
  • sitting on the bottom of the cage
  • vomiting

Lutino cockatiel syndrome:

  • crown baldness
    • uncontrolled bleeding caused by a lack of clotting factor in the blood
    • Children who are more vulnerable to illness seem mentally handicapped or undeveloped.
    • Unbalanced, seems intoxicated
    • At night, the cockatoo’s perch loosens and it falls off.
  • bruising and bleeding on wing tips and abdomen, pectoral muscle prone to trauma, falls easily, many genetic problems.

Cockatiels Illnesses / Health Problems Cockatiels Commonly Come Down With:

  • Malnutrition
  • The most prevalent deficiencies in seed junkies are vitamin A and calcium. Because seeds are higher in fat than other foods, many seed eaters are also overweight.
  • A lack of vitamin A can result in a decrease in appetite and digestion, as well as an increase in vulnerability to infection and parasites.
    • Overweight birds are more likely to get arthritis and fatty liver disease.

What you can do to help you pet bird with cockatiels illnesses:

  • A great way to safely provide this nutrient is by introducing healthy foods such as green leafy vegetables, red or orange fruits and veggies (which contain beta-carotene), and calcium blocks.
  • Offer sprouted seeds rather than fresh fruits and vegetables for seed-addicted birds. Fresh or germinated seeds are often more readily accepted by “seed addicts” than fresh fruits and vegetables.
    • The nutritional quality and value of seeds and grains improves when they germinate, as this lowers the amount of fat stored in them.
    • Sprouted seeds will give your bird a healthy addition to his or her diet by providing a high-protein, vitamin, mineral, enzyme, and chlorophyll-rich supply.
    • Oil seeds that have been soaked and germinated, like niger and rape seeds, contain high levels of protein and carbohydrates. Starches seeds, such as canary and millets consist mostly of carbohydrates but are lower in protein.
    • Sprouted seeds are a great food for birds at all life stages, but especially during breeding or molting. They are also excellent for weaning chicks as the softened shells make them easier to eat and get used to the texture of seeds.
    • Aspergillosis (a fungal disease), bacterial infections/pneumonia, nutritional deficiencies (including a lack of vitamin A), Psittacosis (or Parrot Fever), mycoplasma infections, and inhaled toxins can all lead to respiratory issues, chronic depression, or weight loss.
    • Millet seeds are a common cause of breathing difficulties, such as wheezing and shortness of breath. Due to their tiny size, millet seeds are frequently associated with this condition.
    • Excessive egg-laying, egg binding, and egg peritonitis are all reproductive problems.
  • In some cases, Wing Tumors / Xanthomas might require wing amputation.
    • Marcie, a Golden Retriever with cholesterol-induced tumors, was treated with Gentamicin cream and her owner was able to reduce them significantly by massaging them off.

Cockatiels are susceptible to:

  • Polyoma… Candida / Candidiasis… Chlamydia: In sick cockatiels, this sickness should always be excluded. Conjunctivitis and sinusitis are often the only symptoms observed … chronic egg laying, egg binding