my umbrella cockatoo is breating funny

by melanie
(northants uk)

i have a umbrella cockatoo i have only had him for 10 days, he is 12 yrs old, he talks great and shows off,well he did for the first few days, he spents most of him time attached to me or sleeping on me but while he is with me he seams to pant,sometimes with his mouth open, sometime with it shut but he does it for hours, he is very very affectionate to everyone, no agression at all.

Over the last couple of days he has been very quite, i am hoping hes just missing his last owners, i dont have any history with him, but he must have been well looked after to be this tame, he has clear eyes no discharge no sneezing or anything like that. hes not eating alot of food, hes only intrest is cuddles. his breathing is more noticeable over the last couple of days but it might be because it much hotter. do you have any advise please thankyou mel

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Jun 08, 2010
my umbrella cockatoo is breating funny
by: Linda

Hello, it is Linda again, and thanks Tracie for trying to smooth this over.

What she said is correct. I do fear for birds lives because we get questions all the time about what to do about a sick bird, and when we suggest an Avian Vet, people sometimes get mad for some reason or other. What we are not is Avian Vets, and, by law, we are now allowed to offer any home remedies or over the counter medications when birds have symptoms of being ill.

If I offended you, I am truly sorry, and I've been working with birds for almost 50 years now, and I've never seen so much ignorance about them from people who say they love them. I'm not speaking to you, just people in general.

In the old days, we did not have Avian vets nor did we have pellets, organic or not. We had to talk to old timers and get recipes for baby parrot handfeeding formulas and then make them by grinding and mixing. We had to study about birds and their possible illnesses by writing down symptoms, dragging home piles of books and trying this and that. Sometimes, we lost beautiful, wonderful birds because we were not vets and sometimes the illnesses were far more serious than a simple home remedy would take care of.

Now, everyone has Avian Vets all over the place, and still they need to know what to do when a bird is bleeding or has an upper respiratory infection or has been badly injured. It is frustrating to say the least.

As I said, I'm sorry to have offended you, and the symptoms you described sounded very much like an upper respiratory infection. Your response has shown me that I need to come on a little less strong because I don't want to lose people, I honestly want to help people and their birds.

Hope all is well with your bird,

Jun 07, 2010
Response about Linda
by: Tracie

Linda is a reader, just like you. She has had many years of breeder experience, so she does have a lot of knowledge. Much of what is posted here is opinion, because nobody can examine these birds that need help. Linda is expressing her opinion.

I believe that Linda is afraid that people are not, or will not, take their birds to see an avian vet for help and the birds may die. Her love for birds, and apparent belief that they deserve medical treatment when needed just like humans, causes her to have the responses she has.

Unless someone is attacking another person, or suggesting something that will possibly injure a bird, they are allowed to post on this site.

Please note that Dr B also suggests that people take their birds to an avian vet. People are always wanting to skip the vet and treat a problem at home, but they often don't even know what they are trying to treat. This is cruel to the bird, because the bird may stay sick longer, get another problem from the wrong treatment or die. This is likely what is in the back of Linda's mind, but I don't know for sure.

Jun 07, 2010
my umbrella cockatoo is breating funny
by: Anonymous

How come Linda's response is your bird is going to die? I,ve been reading Parrot-and conure-world for
a long time,and it's getting to the point, where I can't stand Linda...every answer is the same...bring the bird to a avian vet or your brid will die! I,ve owned birds for years,and I think I forgot more the Linda no

Jun 07, 2010
Umbrella Cockatoo breathing
by: The Avian Vet

You should not encourage this behavior. It is a sexual solicitation behavior and will lead to other behavior problems.

If you have not had your bird examined by an avian veterinarian, then you need to make an appointment and have him / her examined. This may be nothing or it may be very serious.

Dr B

Jun 05, 2010
my umbrella cockatoo is breating funny
by: Linda


Your bird is sick, and will die unless you get him to an Avian Vet immediately. The reason he is listliss, not eating enough and wheezing is that he is very, very sick with either a bacterial or viral infection that is now in his lungs. He WILL NOT GET BETTER UNLESS HE IS DIAGNOSED AND TREATED BY AN AVIAN VET. Do not take him to a regular dog and cat vet, as birds HAVE TO BE TREATED BY AN AVIAN VET.

There is a link on this site for help in finding one, or you can use your phone book or call your Veterinary Medical group in your area to help in finding one. YOU HAVE RUN COMPLETELY OUT OF TIME HERE, AND THIS HAS BECOME FAR WORSE THAN YOU EVEN HAVE ANY IDEA OF. ALL NEW BIRDS HAVE TO BE SEEN BY AN AVIAN VET THE FIRST 24-48 HOURS THEY ARE IN A NEW HOME because most all of them bought from pet stores and a lot of breeders are already sick when they are purchased which is probably the case here. Your bird will get worse until he dies, and you MUST MOVE QUICKLY HERE TO SAVE HIS LIFE.

Anytime you see a listliss, not hungry bird who is wheezing when he breathes, this bird is SICK, SICK, SICK and needs the immediate help of an Avian Vet.

Good luck and hope your bird survives this ordeal.


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