Little Yellow Head, Big Worries for the Cockatiel

It happens overnight. The otherwise agile cockatiel is suddenly listless, hardly wants to keep busy, avoids the company of its conspecifics, and doesn’t want to know anything about you either. In the event of changes in behavior, the highest level of alert is required. Oftentimes, your feathered friend will develop an illness.

Tired and Listless

There are some unmistakable indications that your cockatiel is not doing well. Then he sits there listlessly with fluffed plumage and has his head buried in his back feathers. It becomes questionable if your darling sits on the floor and refuses any food.

With a tired look, he will still watch what is happening very close to him, but he no longer wants to take part in the game of the others. A warning is also given if he suddenly sleeps more than average. Such an animal may hatch a disease or it cannot rest at night because its cage may be populated with mites or placed in a much too restless place.

No Song, No Appetite, No Shine

A cockatiel feels miserable when it looks dull, has no shine in its eyes, is extremely fluffy, and separates itself from its swarm. If he also reduces food intake or even stops it completely, perhaps drinks more, changes his posture, and lets his wings hang, then quick help is needed. The animal must be taken immediately to a vet who knows how to bird

Harmless or Serious?

There are many cockatiel diseases and they are often difficult to detect without a veterinary diagnosis. In some cases, however, there are pretty clear indications as to whether your bird is a harmless disorder or perhaps something else.

For example, if your cockatiel has diarrhea, which can be recognized by its pulpy or liquid, greenish-white consistency, your roommate may have been too stressed or have eaten too much moist food or the food and/or water was too cold. It becomes a cause for concern if the feces are yellow or brown in color, contain slimy threads, have a slimy consistency and the animal sits fluffed up and apathetic in the corner or on the floor. Then you’d better go to the vet with him. If your cockatiel is squeezing, defecating, or just releasing whitish uric acid, it may be constipation, but to find out exactly and remove the trigger, you will need to have your vet examine your bird.

Watch Your Cockatiel Regularly

Sometimes the problem can be solved by putting two drops of paraffin oil on your tongue and removing the food and sand at the same time. However, there can also be many other causes, and then without the right treatment, it can quickly become questionable. Only if you keep an eye on your cockatiels can you help them in an emergency – and then the sun can soon shine again over the cockatiel sky.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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