Does my cockatiel have mites? How do I help?

by Kathi

Baby bird's nose

Baby bird's nose

My 11 year old cockatiel started out with inlamed nostrilsabout a month ago. Then he started to loose the feathers around his nose a couple weeks ago. I started putting mineral oil on the area starting a week ago,thinking it's mites .

His cage is clean, I can't see anything on him. He still is loosing feathers, it's reached his eyes. It's itching him, and he is starting to make a different noise while pulling the bar of his cage with his beak. It looks if the feathers are trying to grow back. Am I doing the right thing? What else can I do besides take him in the the vet? Is it mites? If so what kind are they?


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Dec 06, 2011
is it mites???
by: Anonymous

i got a mate for my female cockatiel three days ago,she seems to be fine and happy all but she has started pulling small feathers out. they r all over the bottom cadge,but i also didnt read something hanging from the males cadge, it says for mite killer so im hoping he hasnt givin her mites im realy worried about the both of them, but her pulling feathers out i have read it could b a number of things.could it mean shes ready to mate?? i read that somewere, and hoping thats what it is.. really worried and dont know what to do..

Editor's note: If you want people to see and answer, you need to post a question, not an answer here to another question, at Parrot Questions

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.

Jun 06, 2011
My. Bird
by: Anonymous

Hey ,.. I have a cockatiel and he is having problems .. Like putting his beak in the bell and screeching .. It is a high screech that sounds like a dog whistle .. Not as Squiky though .. What do I do .. And when she preens she makes sudden loud tweets and starts pullin g out some feathers .. Tell me .. Thanks

Editor's note: You need to take your bird to an avian vet and read Feather Damaging Behavior article

Mar 08, 2011
by: Anonymous

What about vasoline. My bird has the same symptoms her bid does and I read on the internet last night to use Vasoline so we ran right out and bought some, now what?

Editor's note: NOOOO, vasoline is petroleum and greasy. Petroleum is toxic and anything greasy can get all over their feathers and make the sick.

May 08, 2009
On meds
by: Kathi

It cost over $100. He had a bacterial infection on his skin. No mites. He's on meds. He's feeling fine, and I'm broke. Sure love him.

May 06, 2009
to the vets we go
by: Anonymous

I was hoping not to spend $100 if I didn't have to, I don't have the money. I was looking for a simple solution, dosn't look like I found one. I have an appointment for him tomorrow at the vets. I'll post what the vet said. Thanks for your comments.

May 05, 2009
To the Vet We Go
by: Anonymous

Please take Tracie's advice and take your bird to the vet. They will diagnose problem and give you medicine for it. The oil will spread all over the bird and close off his skin so he won't be able to breathe. Never use oil on birds because once it has spread all over their body, they will die.

It won't cost much to take him to a proper vet and get the medicine he needs. Please take care of this before the problem gets any worse. Your bird is suffering, and it will get worse and worse until you do.

Good Luck and God's Speed to the Vet!

May 05, 2009
Cockatiel with inflamed cere
by: Tracie

You need to take your bird to an avian vet to find out what is wrong because Dr. B can not tell without physically seeing your bird. Also, Dr. B says NOT to put mineral oil on birds or any oil at all for that matter.

I sure hope all of this turns out OK for you and the bird. It must be miserable.

Oh, and do NOT buy those mite defense things at the pet store either. Dr. B says that those things cause more health problems than they solve and your bird might end up with even more problems.

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