My bird is missing a part of her lower eyelid!

by Amanda
(Virginia Beach, VA)

I came home to my bird (cockatiel) and she seems to be missing part of her lower eyelid. So about three fourths of her eyelid can close but the other one fourth doesn't. She is not bleeding and doesn't seem to be in pain, but I do know that birds are prey animals so they try not to show when they are in pain. I'm really concerned. Could this be cause form her night fright the night before when she thrashed around? Can she lose her eye if her full eyelid doesn't close? What can a vet do for her? pain meds or an antibiotic maybe? And what can I do to help her until I get her there? What is likely to happen? An advice would be great! Thanks.

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Feb 10, 2012
My bird is missing a part of her lower eyelid!
by: Linda

Yes, she needs to be examined by an Avian Vet as soon as you can get her in. You also need to explore cage to see what could have done this because there is something sharp or pointed that caused this injury, and it will happen again. When birds thrash during the night, if there is anything to get hurt on, they do because the thrashing is senseless, and the bird is not aware of what it is doing. You may also want to put a nightlight in room where bird sleeps or in an adjoining room so light will pierce the darkness a little. We have the ones that are green and come on when room is dark. We also have some plastic rolling cabinets in front of it to defuse the light some. All the birds needs is a little light in case they fall off perch.

If you have this bird in cage with another one, then put them into separate cages. Covering cage at night can help alleviate this thrashing behavior as will a very low light nightlight, and make sure bird is in a quiet dark room where car headlights cannot shine through and scare it. Also make sure other pets like cats are not allowed to roam into bird's area and frighen him. Dogs usually tend to sleep through the night which is why I mentioned cats. Lights shining through windows can also scare the birds very badly.

So, take him to an Avian Vet because this can very much get infected and may be causing pain. Make sure cage is gone over with a fine toothed comb because even the smallest sharp places or something sticking out can hurt a thrashing bird.My motto with birds is Murphy's Law which is whatever can go wrong will, so always be prepared for the unexpected with birds of all kinds.

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