Cockatiel with a soiled vent

by Kelly
(Poulsbo, Wa)

Hi there, We have an apx. 9 yr old female cockatiel (apx, because she flew into our farm, we've had her 9 years) She's always been healthy except an incident with egg binding, which was expensive and scary to fix, but turned out ok.

Cleo is either caged by herself, or with another femal 'tiel. She can see/talk to 2 other male cockatiels (Seperated from her because of the egg binding), 8 quaker parrots, and a blue & gold macaw. She is fed a quality seed mix, Lafabers pellets, and Lafabers Nutraberries. Fresh fruits and veggies are supplemented. She eats and drinks well, and is at a healthy weight.

This past week Cleo has been having a problem with a soiled vent. Her poop looks to be normal in consistancy/color/amount, but all of a sudden is sticking to her, as if she's having a hard time releasing it. When we first noticed this she was acting depressed and cold. We gave her a bath, cleaned her bottom, and warmed her up, then returned her to her cage (she is tame, but does not enjoy being handled) Thinking it was a one time occurance, we forgot. This has been happening consistantly for a week now, and was particularily bad this morning. She had a lage mat of feces attached to her. We trimmed back some of the feathers, but this does not seem to be the problem. It does not look like she has any more feathers, or thicker feathering in the vent area then any of our other birds.

Any ideas or suggestions? What could be the cause of this? Do you know of anything we can to do help, besides regularily cleaning her up, and watching her behavior carefully for any changes?

Thank you for your time!!
Kelly & Cleo

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May 11, 2010
soiled vent
by: Anonymous

my cockatiel si the same but he is 16 years old and is not eating didnt know what it was till just read comment

Nov 09, 2009
Cockatiel with a soiled vent
by: Linda

YOUR BIRD HAS A BACTERIAL INFECTION AND NEEDS IMMEDIATE ATTENTION FROM AN AVIAN VET IN YOUR AREA. ANY BIRDS HOUSED WITH HER WILL ALSO MOST LIKELY HAVE THE SAME INFECTION AS THEY ARE VERY CONTAGEOUS AND CAN BE CONTRACTED BY JUST BEING IN SAME CAGE AS A SICK BIRD AND EATING AND DRINKING OUT OF SAME DISHES.

The soiling of the vent area is a classic sign of a bacterial infection, so do not delay having her diagnosed and treated. Any birds living with her in cage also need to be diagnosed and treated.

Other birds, not eating and drinking out of same dishes should be okay, but watch for the same signs with them as well. Avian vet will treat all the birds coming from same cage with the same medicines because whatever type of bacterial infection she has, they will also have.Vet will need to SEE them in person though to make sure they all have the same infection. Vets will not prescribe medicines without first seeing all the birds in question in person.

Let us know how this works out and thanks for writing.

Linda

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