male grey cockateil has pink feathers on his face

by Jessi
(Florence, KY)

just bought a newly weened hand fed cockateil 3 weeks ago from a pet store. I've been giving him clean water everyday, and adding to his food bowl every 2 or 3 days and then i clean it out and renew it. he's a spoiled baby in the fact that i love him so much he hardly is in his cage except to sleep, and eat. but lately ive noticed his brow, beak, and top of his chest are pinking, and his belly is yellow. I've given him 2 baths so far but wasn't sure what i was doing so i just stuck to the basic water bottle. he's been sneezing a bit so im worried he might be sick.

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Jan 12, 2012
Cockatiel getting pink feathers and sneezing
by: Tracie

The pink feathers are not a sign of illness, that could be from colored pellets or colored toys that are staining his feathers.

Sneezing often is a sign of illness. If your bird sneezes often throughout the day, then please Find an Avian Vet to examine your bird. If your bird has not been seen by an avian vet yet, it is a good idea for you to make an appointment now because many birds from large chain pet stores are purchased from less than reputable breeders and the birds from good breeders get sick and/or diseased when put in with the sick birds from the bad breeders.

I am concerned about your bird's diet also. Your bird should be eating about 80% high quality pellets, no colored pellets or cheap chemical laden pellets, and only about 20% seed and healthy treats. The pellets need to be changed out daily, or they will be stale and lacking nutrition.

Please read our Switching Birds To Pellets article written by an avian vet if your bird is not eating either Harrison's or Roudybush pellets yet.

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