moulting ?

by Adam

hello, today i noticed my cockatiel attempting to fly but not doing ti soo well it seems like hes lost his flight feathers on one wing he is moulting soo i figured this might be the cause . hes also very hormonal at the moment and striking out he is handfed and iv never seen him like this . my other worry is that hes acting wierd ( not taking treats sitting in his cage when usually hes trying to get out and lastly not whistling or singing ) im really worried for him as he truly is my baby soo if you could help that would be amazing thank you soo much have a good day !

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Jul 20, 2010
moulting ?
by: Linda

Though birds do become somewhat grumpy during a molt, this does not sound like a normal molt. I raised Cockies for years, and they continue to eat, sing and play some during a molt.

It sounds as if you need to consider taking him to an Avian Vet in your driving area to have him tested for bacterial and viral infections and/or parasites. If bird has never seen an Avian Vet, I'd also recommend some basic bloodwork to make sure kidneys, liver, thyroid and parathyroid are functioning properly. A yearly visit to an Avian vet is recommended for all birds as birds will now allow you to see the full extent of their physical problems until an infection/illness is well advanced where they cannot cover it up any longer. This comes from their wild ancestry where a sick or injured bird is either killed or driven from the flock to die alone. Sick and injured birds bring predators and are not tolerated in a wild flock. Parrots are exotic wild animals and exhibit all the inherited behaviors of their wild kin.

Diet also has a lot to do with how easy or hard a molt is, and your bird needs to be eating one of the organic pelleted diets Tracie carries out here. No vitamin or mineral supplements are needed when feeding Harrisions and am not sure about the others. Harrisions is Avian vet endorsed and is a wholesome, complete diet. 10-15% organic fruit and/or veggies are fed a few times a week in addition to the pellets. NO PEOPLE FOODS/TABLE FOODS AND NO PEOPLE DRINKS EITHER. Feed your bird only food made for him, and he will live a long and healthy life. Once a years checkups will make sure any problems are caught in time so they do not bring bird too far down.

Thanks for writing,

Jul 19, 2010
Cockatiel behavior
by: Tracie

All the things you describe sound a lot like a grumpy bird that is molting. If you feel your bird is acting sick, however, you need to take your bird to an avian vet. Neither Dr B nor anyone else can tell you if your bird is sick without examining the bird.

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