nose holes

I have just recently found out that cockatiels live only 5-10 years. I have noticed that one of our bird's nose holes is starting to close up. Is this an indication of age? I don't know his age, he was found by my husband's father.

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Jul 29, 2018
Nose hole
by: Anonymous

My conures nose hole on one side as opened up about 20 times it’s normal size please help

Mar 15, 2011
by: Ella Barnes

We live in key west, florida. Three weeks ago we got an addition to our family cockatiel Coco. Yesterday I noticed his nostrils were pink and looked like he had dust/ pieces of feathers inside. I don't think we have avian vet in our town.I will keep searching, but what should I do for now?

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Jul 31, 2009
Cockatiel nare closing
by: The Vet

Cockatiels live much longer than 5-10. I have one that is healthy at 21. I have several clients whose tiels are 25+, the oldest one being 27.

The closed nare is not normal. Tiels often have plugs in their nares, which can be cleaned with a shower, or wet Q-tip. If your bird has not been seen by an avian veterinarian, then now is a good time.

Birds have a longer lifespan when they eat pellets, such as Harrison's pellets.

Dr B

Jul 30, 2009
by: Linda

I don't know who told you that about Cockatiels, but they live up to 25 years of age and maybe a little more if cared for properly.

Nose holes get dirt trapped in them, and so you need to use a plastic plant sprayer with some lukewarm, not hot or cold, clean water in it and give your birds a gentle shower using it. Shower can be given while they are in cage or out. The nose holes get dust and dirt in them, and when the water dribbles down in there, the bird will sneeze and hopefully all the dirt will come out.

If holes still appear to be closed or swollen, you will need to take bird to an Avian Vet in your area. If bird did not go to vet when found, you need to take him or them as soon as is possible. Birds tend to get bacterial infections, and need to go to an Avian vet at least once a year for a well-bird checkup. If you have seen any fluid coming from nose or eyes, bird is sick, so hold off on the shower for a while.

You need to check into a high quality pelleted diet for them, and I recommend Harrison's as it is organic and very healthy. If birds are eating an all seed diet, this will take years off their lifespans. Do not feed any people food especially pizza, meat or most of what we call table food as this causes a major imbalance in nutrition.

Let us know what vet had to say, and please find a good book about Cockatiels so you know what your bird is supposed to be like and how to care for it. Tracie has both the Harrisons food, Birdy Bread mix and books out here, so take time to look around a little so you can be a better bird parent. Their intelligence level and emotional development is that of a 4-5 year old human child. You are dealing with a very special, loving creature when you are owned by a bird, so make sure you do your homework as to how to take of them. Your efforts will be repaid times 10+ in having intelligent, emotional, loving beings as your friends.They truely are Angels, and they even have the wings to show it!!!


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