Is my Cockatiel dying of old age?

by Sandra

Hi everyone, I've an 18 year old Cockatiel that seems to be dying of old age or maybe sick? She ate as usual this morning but this evening she fell from the perch and did not eat or drink anything since. Her poop is normal but she was kind of shaking for about two hours with her eyes closed; shaking stopped an hour ago.

I tried giving her a few drops of water with a dropper but she doesn't drink it; it ran down the side of her mouth. I shall take her to HER doctor (Avian Vet) in the morning. I do hope that she'll be here in the morning because please God. I love her so much; I know that she is old and cannot live forever but...
Has anyone had this experience before? I'd like to know, thank you all so much.

Fran's Mom from Toronto.

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Aug 08, 2016
by: Becky

Hi all..I think my Romeo is dying sprite. I've had him for 27 years and the people before me a year so he's 28 +. He can no longer perch which started about 2 weeks ago. He sits at the bottom of his cage all the time now and doesn't want to come out. He is still eating and drinking. It's so sad.. he was active until about 2 weeks ago. He sleeps a lot now and doesn't want to be bothered . It's hard I know he has lived a long life but it's still hard. When I notice he is no longer eating or drinking I will do the right thing and have him euthanized. I was just wondering if there's anything I can do to make it easier on him. So sorry for your loss. Any advice would be appreciated. .Thank you

Apr 17, 2016
Old (?) Cockatiel Behavior Change
by: Anonymous

I have a Pied cockatiel whose age is unknown. A friend gave him and another to me four years ago. He had overgrown beak and could not fly. The vet said an all-seed diet was likely the cause, creating liver disease. So I made them birdie bread with grains & veggies, plus cockatiel food, vitamins and other good stuff. Then noticed his beak stopped the over-growth later, and one day he flew around the living room with other tiel. That was four years ago and He's been fine since!
Now, for the past couple of months I've noticed he cannot fly so well and a couple of days ago he stopped drinking and eating; he just sits with his two buddies. (I now have seven tiels). They keep constant watch over him. I gave him water and he drinks a little, but does not eat and sleeps a lot. However, today, after drinking some water, he did go in the crib to sit a couple of eggs.
A new bird joined the flock a couple weeks ago and I built them a new flight cage last week so maybe he's adjusting to the changes in his world. Time will tell. If he's old and dying (I hope not) he will be missed.

Feb 26, 2016
Peppita illness
by: D Singh

Hi Fritzi,

I'm very sorry for your dear Peppita, 19 years is a long time and our pets are a part of your family so I do know how you feel. We've grown so accustom with them; we enjoy all their little antics, we also learnt their ways, their likes and dislikes, not forgetting their unconditional love for us so it's difficult when they're ill or have passed.
I think Peppita may've suffered a stroke and it's sad to know what you're going through at this moment. Hearing about Peppita has brought tears to my eyes; I feel so hurt for her and you too. I've already said a prayer for her to get well and a prayer for you to gain strength in case Peppita's situation becomes worse. Don’t get me wrong I do hope she has a quick recovery but IF that doesn’t happen, praying will give you the strength that’s needed.
My heart really goes out to you Fritzi and I don't want to sound harsh but this is the only way I can explain this: Cockatiels don't really live very long and "something has to happen" for us and our pets when it’s time for us to return to the Lord. ONLY because God wants to ease our pain so he's preparing you for the day when your dear Peppita shall leave you RATHER than one day you shall return from work etc and see your dear Peppita whom you've left alive and well at the bottom of her cage, cold and lifeless; that will have you worrying for the rest of your life and asking yourself, why did Peppita passed when she was so healthy, you know?
God has his way of doing things to ease our pain and worries and we don't have the right to ask any questions whatsoever; he knows best! Just as we will return to the Lord one day our pets will too.
My lovely Fran was 18 years old when she suffered a second stroke and couldn't eat or even drink a drop of water; her doctor (Avian Vet) suggested I could’ve left her on her own and she'd pass within 2-3 days or he can Euthanized her. I chose Euthanasia because I didn't have the heart to see her starving to death. I prayed for my dear little Fran, kissed her and held her with both my hands while her doctor put her to sleep forever then I took her home bathe her, put her into a casket I made myself, I said a prayer for her dear little soul and and cremated her. It broke my heart but I think it was in her best interest to Euthanized her; may God bless her dear little soul and if I had done wrong may he forgive me but I couldn't see her suffering a minute longer.

I will like to say to you, if many of us will just stop for a moment and really think about the whole concept of life and death, we'll understand these situations and cope with them much better. I'm not being harsh but many of us don't like to think of death but it's a part of our life and NO ONE gets away, we all have to return to the Lord one day, sooner or later. So it's something we must not be afraid to think of or talk about. Everyone talks and prepares for the birth of a child or a pet but no one talks about death and that’s a very important subject for us. Neither we nor our pets can live in our present bodies forever; our illnesses are God’s way of preparing us for when our loved ones passing shall arrive. God is not mean to us, he’s helping us in this way and since I've understood these things I cope much better, but that doesn't mean I'll not cry; I do cry but my understanding makes me heal and recover quickly from the pain and grief I may have.
Fritzi, God has really blessed you and may he continue to do so because being cancer free is wonderful!!!! I'm extremely happy for you and thank the Lord for helping you. I've a niece who’s currently suffering with cancer and I wish that God will make a miracle happen so she gets better but it doesn’t seem as she will get better or even be with us much longer. God knows best and I trust in him.
Fritzi, I'll be praying for both Peppita and you; may the Lord bless you and your dear Peppita.
Love from Fran’s mom

Feb 22, 2016
19 year old cockatiel
by: Fritzi

Peppita has been with me 19 years. She was fine yesterday and this morning.

When I came home in the afternoon she was lying on the bottom of the cage listless. I placed her on a cloth hanky but she remains lethargic.

She has been good luck for me as I got her as a baby while I was going through chemo. Being cancer free for these 19 years and having her for my pet definitely means feeling a loss. I feel not much can be done and before the day is out; she'll be gone.

Feb 06, 2015
by: Ryan

Sorry for your loss, Sandra.

Dec 03, 2014
by: Patti

Hi Fran's mom. I just found my Daddy Bird on the bottom of his cage this morning. He lived a good long life. I had him for 17 years and he was given to me, so I don't know how old he really was. Anyway, he acted pretty much normal, except not eating his usual the last few days. I gave him his treat before bed last night and he ate it fine, but that's it. I will miss him so much!! I loved his cheerful voice in my home. I feed outdoor birds and he loved to sit in the window and holler at them to get out of his yard. He was like a watch dog also. We always knew when we had company. I do so hope your bird gets better!! I for one am getting another ASAP!! Good luck to you!! Patti

Jan 26, 2013
Thank you all
by: Sandra

Hello everyone, thank you all for your sympathy and kind words, they were a great comfort to me and my family at this unfortunate time. Thanks again and God bless.

Fran's Mom from Toronto.

Jan 24, 2013
Is my Cockatiel dying of old age?
by: Linda

We are all very sorry for your loss, and we've been there too with birds, dogs and cats. It is not easy to say goodbye to an old friend, and you did the right thing by giving her a peaceful, painless long sleep.

Once you have completed grieving process, another precious soul will find its way to you. This always happens with us when we lose one of our beloved companions. A home as loving as yours is a rare thing, and many thanks to you and family for providing this little bird this kind of home. So many suffer in pain and lonliness until death is finally granted to them.

Take care, and we are always here for the birds and the people who love them.

Linda and Family

Jan 24, 2013
by: diamondtia

Hi Sandra,
I am so sorry for your loss. It is never easy when we lose one of our "children", whether it be human, feathered or furry.

I know exactly how you feel as I lost a U2 by accident many years ago and there is still a hole in my heart!!

Your sweet little cockatiel is now flying over rainbow bridge free of pain, but in spirit she will always be with you.

Prayers and hugs go out to you from me and my cockatoos in Canada.

Jan 24, 2013
Is my Cockatiel dying of old age?
by: Sandra

Hello Tracie, I'm Sandra, I went to the Avian Vet(Fran's doctor) this morning with her. I've just returned and read your comment. It was just as you suggested, it was a stroke; you were so right!
She couldn't swallow anything, not even water,the doctor told me that I had two options: one, I can leave her to die on her own, which would be in about two or three days. Two: Euthanasia. It was a very difficult decision to make but when I think how much she would've had to suffer, I chose option two.
She can't eat or drink anything and I know that she'd eventually die. I didn't want her to suffer any further; especially starving to death. With Euthanasia; she'd go to sleep quickly and it'll be over.
Last night she slept on my bed with me because she couldn't stand on the perch and I didn't want her sleeping on the floor of the cage. Before everything started, I prayed for her precious little soul and told her why I had to do what I was about to do. I told her how much I love her and then I kissed her goodbye and held her in my arms as the doctor was doing his job. I saw her fell asleep and she was very peaceful. My dear little baby has gone, may her soul now rest in peace.
God bless her for the many years of happiness she'd given to my friends, my daughter and myself. She was seventeen and a half years old and we will surely miss her. That's life, we all have to go some day, just some of us goes sooner than others. Thanks Tracie, for this wonderful site again. Writing this, I think is the begining of the healing process for me. God bless.
Fran's Mom, Toronto.

Jan 24, 2013
by: diamondtia

Please let us know. I agree with Tracie, it sounds like she took a stroke.

Saying prayers that your baby will be ok.

Jan 24, 2013
Cockatiel falling and shaking
by: Tracie

Let us know what the avian vet says, that is the only way you will have the answer you are looking for. It could have had a stroke, it could be sick etc.

The avian vet will be able to run tests and interview you about the diet you have your bird on, items in your home both airborne and physically that could effect your bird etc.

I have heard symptoms like you described from something toxic either in the air or from the bird chewing something toxic. Many people allow their birds to walk around on the floor, where "stuff" off our shoes land and poison the birds.

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