I swear the Pet shop sold me a blind cockatiel
by Marisha S.
(Minot, ND USA)
His eyes taken in June of last year when I brought him home.
I purchased my cockatiel last year as a baby in June and while we were driving home I noticed his eyes looked a little weird, they seem to droop at the bottom. Thinking nothing of it we continued the 2 hr drive home. When I got home and over the next couple days I could tell that something was very wrong, he does not blink when you put your finger close to either of his eyes (you could poke his eye and he wouldn't see it coming. When he tries to fly he always go straight down, and will somersault over and over again, I have seen a wild bird do this after being hit by a car.
I have to keep his wings clipped cause he will almost certainly break his neck from the weird somersaulting he does when he falls. Now that I have had him for almost a year I know for certain something is wrong with him, if I try to give him a sunflower seed he reaches for it, but usually goes in too high or too low to grab it the first couple times. He often falls off his perches to the bottom of the cage, and every time I leave the room he gets super excited even though my husband is still in the room (like he thinks he is all alone.
He is either semi-retarded or semi blind. I know he must be able to see somethings because he can navigate around his cage and knows when I leave or enter the room. Beyond that I don't know what else is wrong with him. I am attaching some pictures of him and his eyes please let me know if you have any idea what it could be. I was thinking maybe it could have been from his breeding.