Interesting cockatoo story need help please

by Helena
(Australia)

Hi, aprox a month ago I came home late one night and saw a cockatoo sitting on my neighbours letter box. I went over to ittosee if itwas okay. It looked ok and didnt move so i put my hand out to it and it came to me. It looked smaller than the onces in our area. We kept it inside our house over night as I didnt want a cat to get it.

I took it to a vet th next morning and she told me it was VERY tame and young. After examining it she said it had bird ans feather virus an that there are 2 options either she will put it to sleep as its a wild bird or I can keep it. Being the huge animal lover that I am I have kept it. To our suprise th next morning the cockatoo was screaching a lot and so were the ones outside our house. I put the baby cockatoo outside on our balcony on top of its cage and wow 2 much larger cockatoos came over next to it an baby started crying an what we think are its parents fed it!

Everyday after for a few weeks now thy havebeen coming I get wokenup every morning by babyto be put outside to call back at its parents to be fed by them. The past couple of days only one parent has been coming andnot feeding it. Baby is thin as I cn feel it chest bone :-( i must add baby tries to fly to its parents butit cant fly it has no back tail feathers.

I need to know how to feed itand fatten it up we dont want it to die. Can i feed it some type of baby bird formula by a suringe or something as itsvery tame? Thanks very much

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Jan 23, 2013
baby cockatoo
by: Anonymous

I also wanted to say that DON'T jump into having the baby put to sleep as others have said, UNTIL you get a second opinion from another Avian vet.

If you put this baby to sleep without help from some other avian vet, you will be destroying a life that didn't need to happen.

Jan 23, 2013
Cockatoo
by: Anonymous

Hi Helena,
If the baby is growing feathers, it may not have the disease, but I would still take it to another avian vet for a second opinion.

Is it eating anything and are you still putting it outside for the parents to feed it? If so, and it is indeed wild, then the parents may take care of it, but if you are feeding it, then I would take it to another vet again.

Please keep us informed.

Jan 23, 2013
Cockatoo may or may not have a disease
by: Tracie

The only way to know for sure the health of your bird is to take the bird to an avian vet for an exam and tests, sorry.

Please use this Find an Avian Vet link to find an avian vet for your bird.

Jan 23, 2013
Question
by: Anonymous

Thank you all for your comments. This cockatoos feathers are growing back underneath its wings is this possible if it has this disease????

Jan 20, 2013
Interesting cockatoo story need help please
by: Linda

Please do not take this wrong because I only want you to understand. Beak and Feather disease is a terminal disease and there is no coming back from it. Both parents had to be infected with it, and so babies born to them are also doomed. You did not say what kind of disease, so I assume it is beak and feather disease which is always fatal and highly contageous. The other parent is dead which is why it did not come back. Have this baby put to sleep and talk with vet about how to clean up your house properly. This disease is a virus and can live in a home for years, so you have a lot of work to do. Do not bring anymore birds into your home for any reason because this virus can live anywhere in house or outside house including on your walls. You will have to follow the vet's instructions on how to clean your home of this deadly virus. Just do not bring anymore birds in until your entire home including walls, cabinets, floors and other surfaces test clean. Below is link to article written by avian vet about this disease and how long it lingers in homes. There is other info on the internet too, so you can understand the horror of this disease for which there is NO cure.

Please use this How long will PFPD linger in home

Thanks for writing,
Linda

Jan 19, 2013
Interesting cockatoo story need help please
by: D Singh

Helena, you should call an AVAIN VET right away and without delay. I;m sure the vet will tell you to buy baby's formula to feed him with a syringe as you have already said. The bird needs to go to the vet ASAP for a THOROUGH check up. Take care and God bless you Helena for being so kind at heart. It is so good to know that there are people like us in this world. God bless YOU!

Jan 19, 2013
baby bird
by: Anonymous

How did the vet know that it had beak and feather disease? Did the vet do bloodwork on the baby bird and also did you take it to an avian vet?

A vet can't tell it has a disease just by looking at it, tests have to be done.

You can buy handfeeding formula. Call a bird breeder if you don't know how to feed it and ask them for help or take it to an avian vet and let them care for it. If one parent is still feeding it, I would allow them to continue. If the baby is a wild bird, then it should be kept wild. Did you put up fliers to find out of anyone lost it? Does it have a leg band? Until you get some help, I would try feeding it something mushy and not too hot, you could burn it's little crop. I would get another avian vet to look at it immedicately. I wouldn't wait because it could starve to death.

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