Cockatiel loss of voice

by Dawnisha
(Greenville, Al)

Hello, my cockatiel Charlie all of a sudden lost his voice and sounds like a small broken whitsle when he tries to speak. He has also lost all of the feathers around his neck and we don't know why. We have been giving him medicine for a respiratory infection because recently he has been sneezing a lot and has a red nose. we really don't know what to do and cannot find an avian vet nearby, it would be especially appreciated to know what it wrong with him and what we need to do to be better. He is very special to us and it just seems odd not to be able to hear his voice anymore. Thank you and look forward to your help

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Feb 07, 2018
Cockatiel loss his voice
by: Anonymous

What is the reason my cockatiel lost his voice. He where singing and speaking the morning and the afternoon when I got back from work his voice is gone. Can you please tell me what it can be and what must I do?

Editor's note: Hopefully you contacted an avian vet, this is often due to a bacterial infection, but can be due to something toxic breathed or injected too.

Jul 14, 2017
My bird seemed to have lost his voice
by: Anonymous

My green cheek conure (that is a baby not even 1 year old) has been trying to get my attention and for that he screeches and screams, but sometimes he yells so loud he loses his voice... Is this bad? Should I take him to the vet?

Feb 14, 2017
Voice loss
by: Zahid

I need help how to cure the voice loss my cocktail also has a red nose and sneeze alot

Editor's note: You need to contact an avian vet, and if there is not one where you live then find an experienced breeder.

Dec 25, 2015
by: Lucky

My cockatiels are very quite and never speak.
Once in a blue moon a voice comes.
I'm stressed as they do not talk but they play, eat, sleep and everything is very much fine.
Please help me.
Please tell me how to make they talk nd at least whistle very often.

You will need to Find an Avian Vet for your bird so it can be examined to determine what is wrong and what the potential treatment might be.

Sep 05, 2015
Pineapple Green Cheek Conure lost his VOICE!
by: Anonymous

My Pineapple Green cheek lost his voice. Can this be part of an upper respiratory infection or fungal infection? What's wrong with my conure?

Editor's note: Yes, get your bird to an avian vet ASAP.

Jan 27, 2012
Loss of voice
by: Corrina

My cockatiel has also lost her voice but she is eating and drinking fine and looks just like she is supposed to. She has been laying alot of eggs lately and I have just changed her environment so now she has stopped.

She used to be really loud and make lots of noise all the time. All she does is a dead whistle noise I've watched her and she is trying really hard to make noise but she just can't. I'm worried she might have an infection that I can't notice do I need to take her to a vet?

Editor's note:You will need to Find an Avian Vet for your bird so it can be examined to determine what is wrong and what the potential treatment might be.

Mar 01, 2010
Loss of Voice
by: Jan

When I think back the first symptom was my cockatiel's voice. It became very hoarse. Then his abdomen started to swell and when the vomiting started I brought him to the vet who did culture on his dropping, flushed out his crop and put on Baytril which didn't help so took him back to vet. Again, flushed out crop, shot of steriod he is currently on Propulsid for respiratory (sour crop). I have been putting Avi-Culture in his water and food for good bacteria. During the week he started to look a little better but took turn for the worse. He looks terrible, feathers around face and head are all matted, sleeps alot, constantly shakes his head and wipes his head on perches, cuttlebones and anything hard. When I give him Nutriberries or millett he attacks it but he is a very sick little bird and I don't know if I should have him euthanized. My gut tells me he is eventually going to die and I don't want to see him suffer anymore.

Dec 24, 2009
Cockatiel loss of voice
by: The Vet

Voice change is most commonly associated with a fungal infection in the trachea called Aspergillus. It can sometimes be caused by bacterial infections as well. Did the vet do any cultures, blood work, or other diagnostics? Does your cage have corn cob or other bedding in the tray? If so this is the source of your problem and you should use paper sheets only. Corn cob is well known for causing these infections.

Poor diets also contribute to these problems. If your bird is not eating pellets, like Harrison's, then he likely has vitamin deficiencies that predispose him to infections, and upper respiratory infections are the most common in this situation. In addition to the medications your bird is on, you need to provide heat, and keep him in 90-95┬║F temperature during the treatment. If he is not getting better, then you need to have more diagnostics done to determine the cause.

Dr B

Dec 23, 2009
Cockatiel loss of voice
by: Linda

If the medicine you are giving him did not come from an Avian Vet's prescription, STOP it immediately. Never give birds any medicines unless an Avian vet has prescribed them for a specific infection. Your bird is becoming gravely ill, and the infection is now in his lungs. If you have already seen the Avian Vet, then another trip is necessary as your bird is going to die without proper diagnosis and treatment. There are many kinds of bacterial/viral infections, and they have to have a specific medicine to cure them.

Please run, dont' walk to the nearest Avian Vet in your are as your bird is in the process of becoming critically ill.

In future, give no over the counter meds, no home remedies, no nothing until you've been to see an Avian vet. Especially steer clear of ALL the meds and treatments you find in pet stores as these are non-specific medicines, and can actually do much more harm than good. In this case, your bird's condition is deteriorating as we speak, so get him into the vet's as soon as possible.


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