Umbrella Cockatoo has crusty butt

by John Wheeler
(Beaverton, OR)

Our Cockatoo is about 18 years old and we noticed this week she has a crusty butt and we have never seen this happen before. She has not wanted to take a bath for a few days either. What should we do? She is eating well.

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Nov 04, 2011
Dirty vent female
by: Anonymous

My cockatoo has this too! My vet told me that my bird was going in a phase like teenagers go threw.
He also told me to change the birds food. I didn't
get no help to fix the problems. I also told him she screems when she poops, he thinks she does this to get attention. This has been going on for months I have taken her to a diferent vet no answers at all to this problem. Help me if some one can. I have tried diferent foods and added miss link to my birds food.

Sep 21, 2010
Umbrella Cockatoo has crusty butt
by: Linda

As Tracie said, please make an appointment immediately with an Avian Vet in your driving area for an examination of your bird. This sounds like a bacterial infection, and bird does not want baths because she does not feel well. The eating is the last thing to go when a bird is sick with an infection, and once they do stop eating, it is only a short while until death.

Please do not delay any longer in getting medical help for your bird because they do not just get over infections without diagnosis and treatment. Birds have ONLY gram positive bacteria in their bodies, and when something, either in the environment or food, causes gram negative bacteria to invade their bodies, it makes them sick and will kill them without treatment. Humans and all other animals carry gram negative bacteria, so even a cough or sneeze can cause bird to become infected with the gram negative bacteria. Have Avian vet do a throat swab to diagnose bacteria type that is causing infection because anal swabs are just about useless since there is always bacteria in that area.

Let us know how it goes and please make haste taking her to an Avian Vet.


Sep 20, 2010
Umbrella Cockatoo with dirty vent
by: Tracie

Your bird is not missing it's bath, there is something causing it to have messy droppings. Please take your bird to an avian vet for a physical examination.

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