by Pamela
(Bremerton, WA USA)

My Cockatiel sometimes acts like he's gagging. Is this normal? Could it be the heat, it has been very warm here lately. I have AC but it doesn't real well.

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Jul 22, 2009
Bird gagging?
by: Tracie

Is this new behavior? Our birds bring "stuff" up from their crop to enjoy later. LOL Gross to me but not to them. ;-)

When they do this, they move they sort of wiggle their head up and down and open their beak at the same time. Then I notice them "chewing" what they brought up.

One bird, who likes his toys and our hand, will bring up his food and "feed" things also.

I would think if the bird were truly gagging, it would "cough" or something. I am NOT a vet, so if you think your bird is gagging, get it to an avian vet ASAP.

Jul 22, 2009
by: Linda

Not sure what you mean by gagging? Please make sure bird in not under or directly over any air conditioning vents in your home as this can give him pneumonia. We always close the vent off in our bird's room in the summer and open it up in the winter.

It would probably be wise to take your bird to an Avian vet if you have noticed any other problems he is having like lack of energy, not eating as much as usual, discolored stool, heavy breathing. It is good to take them in once a year for their yearly checkup, and as they age, it gets even more important as they can develop some of the same problems as humans with their livers, kidneys and hearts.


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