cockatiel not able to lower its head to eat

by Taralea
(Ocala, Florida, USA)

I have a 4 year old grey/white cockatiel that recently flew into a glass door. He is still able to fly and walk.He acts like his normal self except that He seems to have difficulty turning his head around to his back side or not being able to reach his head down to eat food on the floor.

He wants to eat but seems to be having some difficulty. Occasionally he squawks like in pain. Can you help me or give any suggestions? I have called the vet but realized that we can not afford to bring him in. I'm hoping that any suggestions can help. Thanks!

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Jan 21, 2012
Cockatiel not able to lower head
by: The Avian Vet

Take him in to see an avian veterinarian. There are no home first aid treatments that you can administer.

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Dr B

Jan 10, 2012
Bird not able to lower it's head.
by: Anonymous

I'm sorry to hear of your bird's accident. In the future please try to keep his wings clipped. It costs about $8 at a local bird shop, every cpl months. The place where I bought my bird clips for free, but only bc she was purchased there.

Your bird obviously was hurt pretty good, but only a vet can properly diagnose your bird's condition, and assess if anythings been broken or bruised.

If finances are a concern for your family, call the local humane society, and ask them if there are any low cost vets in the area. I used to take my cat in for shots to one of these vets, They gave an exam, and then the shots. I paid only for the cost of the shots which was $17. I'm sure your town or city has a low cost vet clinic. I even got one of my cats fixed for $8.

When I lived in another city, a vet would open his doors on a wknd, and give no cost exams for pets. They didnt check income, they just wanted to be assured people got thier pets the care that was needed.

Please check around in your area for low or no cost vets. They do exsist! The humane society would have a list of vets that do this. Good place to start.

I wish you and your bird luck, and hope he gets well soon!

Jan 09, 2012
Cockatiel flew into glass is hurt
by: Tracie

Dr B will eventually answer this, but you might try to Find an Avian Vet that will take payments. I can't think of anything Dr B can do for your bird over the Internet.

Birds have hollow bones that break easily. Your bird is likely in pain and needs attention right away. I know many people purchase birds as a cheap pet, never thinking that they need medical treatment just like us, so I will not judge you, but please consider this in the future if you decide to get more pets.

Also, you can avoid these types of injuries by keeping your bird's wings trimmed and not allowing your bird to be out without being on a stand and being closely supervised.

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