Cockatiel pecks on perch until he spits something up and then he eats it. It doesn't come all the way out of his mouth before he starts eating it back. He is about 14 years old. He doesn't seem to be sick. Just something he started doing. Thank you, Teresa Rains

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Feb 12, 2011
Bird regurgitating
by: The Avian Vet

Certainly this could be an indication of an illness, in particular a crop infection. If it is a behavior, it is still abnormal. You should take your bird to see an avian veterinarian.

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Feb 11, 2011
by: Linda

It is not normal for bird to eat the wood they chew up, and this indicates a possible dietary problem. Hopefully your bird is eating organic pellets, grind size for bird's size, and Harrison's is a very good one found here. There are also several other brands, and you want to feed organic to eliminate possibility of preservatives, pesticide/fertilizer residue and dyes. All these are found in the cheaper brands of pellets. With just one bird, you will find the organic pellets easily affordable.

Your bird is going to puncture his crop eating wood like this so here is a link on how to go about changing bird from seeds or poor quality pellets, and is written by an Avian Vet:

Switching Birds to Pellets article

All parrots need safe wood chew toys, but until you get bird examined by an Avian Vet and onto high quality food, do not allow him to eat the wood. Try Manzanita perches for a while because a Cockie will not be able to do more than pull the red bark off the perch. If you have your bird on the soft wooden dowels then he needs safe wood natural branches to sit on.

Before changing diet, take bird to Avian Vet to clear him for any kind of infection. Once he is either cleared or treated for an infection, begin the change from seeds to pellets because your bird is sending a message here that he is either sick or in need of better nutrition.

Thanks for writing,

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