puzzled - bird rubbing vent

by KiAnn
(Merrill,Wi)

I have a male cockatiel that is about 8-9 months old. All this week so far he has been rubbing his vent hole on the bars of the cage. He keeps doing 6-7 times a day. Why is he doing this and how do I get him to stop? He makes this really sweet chirping sound while he does this. He's been in for check up and is fine health wise. I'm puzzled as to what to do any help would be great. Thanks

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Nov 01, 2010
Rubbing vent...
by: Anonymous

When you were at the vet did you ask why? It is best to call your vet just in case an let them know whats going on just to be safe. However, it seems like masterbation,harmless,but like I said consult your avian vet just to make sure. Good luck!

Nov 01, 2010
puzzled - bird rubbing vent
by: Linda

There are a few reasons for this. One is an infection, and it appears you have already taken him in for an exam. The other is that he is reaching sexual maturity which causes this sometimes. I, myself, have raised Cockies for years and have not seen this type of behavior.

Did your Avian Vet do a throat swab or the anal swab? If they did only an anal swab, you need to have them do the test again using material from a throat swab. If his stools are normal and not runny, and there is no feces sticking to his feathers in the anal area, then he most likely is just playing at being grown up.

Cockies come into maturity around a year old, but a word of caution is needed about the hens. Never breed a Cockie or Conure hen under two years of age because they are not developed enough and will become eggbound. I lost one many years ago because of this. She was a year old, tried to lay an egg in the middle of the night, and died in the process. Her cage mate came blindly flying into our room in the wee hours of a morning screaming his head off. We ran to the cage, and she was dead in the bottom, and he was torn up over it. We had to go out next day and get another hen because he went to bottom of cage, refused to eat and drink and would have died if we had not acted quickly. Grieving is serious with birds, so never under-rate it because your bird's life is at stake.

If he keeps up this behavior or it gets to be more often, then you'll need to take him back for a throat swab and a check for parasites. Internal worms and external mites can cause irritation in the anal area.

Linda

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