how do i know if my cockatiels have an illness.

by Stephania

my female cockatiel sneezes every once in a while , does she have a sines infection?

when my brids are on a perch , sometimes they pick thier feathers is this a cause of parasites or a diseease or just behavorial?

my birds harly ever screech or tweet is that normal?

I've had my cockatiels ever since 2007 should i contact a veteranarian to check up on them for any one of the infections listed above?

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Aug 04, 2009
help :)
by: Anonymous

my birds fethers are all malty, is that parasites?
if not what is it ?

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Jul 30, 2009
nose holes
by: Anonymous

I have just recently found out that cockatiels live only 5-10 years. I have noticed that one of our bird's nose holes is starting to close up. Is this an indication of age? I don't know his age, he was found by my husband's father.

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Jul 10, 2009
Cockatiels need to see an avian vet
by: The Vet

You need to have your birds looked at by an avian veterinarian. I cannot diagnose parasite, skin disease or other problems without examining them. Occasional sneezing is normal, but you should have her looked at to be sure this is not an infection.

Sinus infections are common in birds and you should not wait to have it looked at. What you are seeing may be normal preening of the feathers, but birds do get parasites and they have other skin problems that would make them pick or preen more. You should have this looked at too.

Dr B

Jul 08, 2009
they are probably fine
by: Anonymous

Birds all sneeze every once in a while. Their feathers might be dusty from having dry skin and this could cause sneezing. you should mist your birds with squirt bottle every day. this will keep their feathers and skin healthy.

Birds always preen themselves which means they take a bit of oil from an oil gland above their tale and rub it along their feathers. This helps them to absorb vitamin D from the sun. however if you notice that your birds have chewed on feathers or missing feathers this can be a sign they are plucking from boredom, depression, dry skin or parasites .
I think it is very important to take your birds in once a year for a checkup. you should at least have a dedicated vet in case of emergency.

Jul 08, 2009
by: Linda

It is hard to say if they have infections or not as we cannot see them or watch them. A little sneeze every once in a while is just blowing out some dust or dirt that has fallen into nose holes. The being very quiet is suspect since normally Cockatiels are very vocal. The males love to sing a lot, and the hens tend to be a little more quiet.

It would be a good idea to make an appointment with an Avian Vet in your area and have them checked for infection and/or parasites either internal or external. All birds do a little "scratching" which is usually preening behavior and is normal. The lack of energy is not normal, and it would be good to get them in to an avian vet soon as is possible for you.

The other thing that can effect energy is diet. If they eat an all seed diet, you need to start gradually changing them over to a more nutritous pelleted diet. Tracie carries Harrison's out here, and my Amazons have been eating it for many, many years, and we have very few trips to the vet. They mostly go in every few months to have their nails and beaks trimmed and that is all. It takes some time to do the changeover, so read instructions on food bag very carefully. If you need further information, just go out to the Harrisons site at where you will find a wealth of information on changing them over to the pellets, correct size of pellets plus a lot of other goodies. Their bird bread is a wonderful, wholesome treat, and get the organic Red Palm Oil to go in it(Tracie has both out here). It calls for two eggs, and use only the egg whites not the yellow part of the eggs as this puts in less fat for your birds.

Thank You for writing and keep us posted on how your birds are doing after trip to vet.

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