My cockatiel is shaking/pulsing and squeaking

by Megan
(Canada)

Hi my 1 year old female cockatiel has been leaning over on her perch and shaking/pulsing and squeaking. Is this a sexual thing or is something wrong? A couple of days ago she fell into my turtle tank but I kept her out until she was all dry and everything else seems to be fairly normal.

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Feb 24, 2012
Cockatiel wanting attention?
by: Tracie

I sounds like wanting attention, but only a vet can tell you.

Feb 24, 2012
update
by: Megan

I took her to the vet shortly after and she had an upper respiratory tract infection for which we finished a course of baytril. She's still doing this behaviour but she stops whenever I give her attention. Is she still sick or is that a normal attention seeking behaviour?

Jan 16, 2012
My cockatiel is shaking/pulsing and squeaking
by: Linda

Turtles and other reptiles can be carriers of or sick with Salmonella which is deadly to both the reptiles and to any other animal in contact with them.

I strongly suggest you take both your bird and your turtle to an Avian Vet to be checked for infections. Avian Vet can diagnose and treat your turtle just like they can your bird because they are trained in exotic animal/bird medicine. Regular dog and cat vets will not be able to diagnose or treat either one because they are not licensed or trained in exotic animal care, so find an Avian Vet.

Linda

Jan 15, 2012
Bird shaking and squeaking
by: Tracie

If this is a new behavior, then you should Find an Avian Vet to examine your bird in person. You might video this behavior on your phone and take it with you.

Dr B has not been answering questions lately, sorry. But he really would not be able to tell you if the bird is just upset about something you changed in your home or routine or if the bird is trying to communicate that it is sick.

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