Goffin Cockatoo putting things in notrils

My Goffin cockatoo Peka is about 3 years old. This last week she has started putting sharp seed shells and wood splinters off of her toys up her nostrils. Today it was so bad she was bleeding. Help what can I do?

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Jan 04, 2011
Not stupid
by: Anonymous

Linda for your information I have had my bird to an avian vet. I am not stupid. She could find nothing wrong. I was just wondering if anyone else has had them do this. She has stopped now for whatever reason she was doing it. Do not run people down if you do not know the whole story.My bird is like a child to me and naturaly the first thing I would do is take her to the vet. I might not know everything about birds as you think you do, that is why I have a vet.

Editor's note: Linda is a sweet lady, she did not mean to offend you I am sure. I don't believe you mentioned a vet visit, and she may have been at fault for assuming you didn't take the bird to a vet, but she was just concerned for the bird. We all have our bad days....

Dec 10, 2010
Lindas Replies
by: Anonymous

Hi Linds
I do not wish to appear rude, but, i think your comments to questions asked are quite harsh, i do understand, being an animal lover myself that you have the birds interest at heart and rightly so.
Please try and be a little more patient with people as to not put them off asking questions on forums like these, which are a great source of information. I am sure all these people love their pets but are just not as knowledgeable as yourself.Yes in an ideal world they should read up all the info before they take on any animal, but we dont live in an ideal world and thats why its good to have them ask questions on these forums, so sound advice can be given and pets can benefit from this.
Kindest regards

Nov 20, 2010
Goffin Cockatoo putting things in notrils
by: Linda

Why have you not taken your bird to be seen by an Avian Vet? Your bird is possibly attempting to relieve a stuffed nose that has become so bad it cannot breathe. This is not normal behavior and indicates a fairly advanced illness. Your bird will die unless the proper medical services are provided in the form of being examined, diagnosed and treated by an Avian Vet.

When you are sick, you go to see a doctor. When a bird is sick, they give their humans all kinds of signs they are and that they need help. Your bird is doing all it can do to tell you it needs help, and here you are writing to an online service asking questions. For all reading this, when your birds are sick, take them immediately to an Avian Vet to be diagnosed and treated. To not do this is nothing short of inhumane treatment for one that is helpless to help itself. We are the voices for birds, dogs, cats, horses, goats, pigs and all other animals who cannot speak for themselves. We are saying to any and everyone out there to be your pet's advocate and offer it the medical services it needs when it needs them. To do otherwise is breaking the law of man and most importantly it is breaking the laws of God who put us here on this earth to take care of all those unable to speak for themselves.

Any neglect or abuse to either children or helpless animals or each other will come back on the abuser times 10 and more likely 100. Ask for help if you need to, and do what you know is right and be what God meant us to be which is caretakers for the entire planet and all living creatures who inhabit it.

I hope your bird will be okay after his trip to the Avian Vet. Thanks for writing,


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