Sick baby cockatiel?

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durranee
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Sick baby cockatiel?

Post by durranee » Tue Jun 24, 2014 8:11 pm

Hi, I'm new here. Just registered as I was getting a little worried with my little cockatielattachFull178702 attachFull178703 attachFull178704 Sky so I thought I should try making a thread to get some advice.
He (I'm guessing he's a male) is 4-5 weeks old and I have been hand feeding him since he was 2 weeks old. He's started to wean though has still not worked out how to swallow food after he's chewed on it. I am still hand feeding him the formula and offering him other stuff such has bread, rice, mullet sprays hard boiled eggs.
I have noticed change in his dropping since yesterday and it's worrying me. They've become milky in colour with very little or no feces at times.
He is still very active and as I'm writing this is flapping his wings running around calling me to play with him.
I am uploading a couple of pictures just to give you lot an idea and my apologies and thank you very much in advance. I'd really appreciate your response on this.
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diana
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Re: Sick baby cockatiel?

Post by diana » Wed Jun 25, 2014 10:09 am

I would suggest go back to hand feeding soft easily digested formula and consult an avian vet asap.
He may need some probiotics. Best not to mess around with such a little one and seek professional help.

Let us know how he gets on.

durranee
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Re: Sick baby cockatiel?

Post by durranee » Wed Jun 25, 2014 1:33 pm

Just came back from the vets and he's saying sky seems perfectly normal from his appearance and activities, doesn't seem like a sick bird at all. He has checked the droppings under microscope for parasites and couldn't find anything. He said he doesn't want to stress the bird by doing blood test as he's too young and also seem normal. Weight is fine, he weighted just over 100 grams.
About cloudy urine he reckons it could be because of the diet and told me to move to high potency diet and keep recording the weight and call him to update next week.
I made a video of him being active and kinda freaking out in their cage and uploaded for you guys to see.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8k3dWcKT5fQ

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Re: Sick baby cockatiel?

Post by jgrey » Wed Jun 25, 2014 9:21 pm

hi and welcome, how is sky now? if you're offering bread try toasting it first (soft) so he can nibble on it. it could be the sudden change of diet. if you have scales weigh him twice a day and keep a record, if you need to visit the vet again.

the solid part of his droppings do look a little sloppy, offer him some sweet potato mashed up with veggies as part of his weaning. hope all is well :)

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Re: Sick baby cockatiel?

Post by durranee » Thu Jun 26, 2014 11:25 pm

Hi and thanks for your replies, I really appreciate that.

He seem fine and pretty active and took his first flight today and now I can't seem to stop him from flying (and wanting to fly) all the time.
His droppings are still concerning me. Feces and urate are back to normal but his urine still looks pretty weird. I have been doing my research and some are pointing at liver disease. Do you guys know about birds behaviour when they're suffering from liver disease?
I am attatching a latest pic of his dropping and again please accept my sincere apologies for disgusting pics.
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Re: Sick baby cockatiel?

Post by brugge » Sat Jun 28, 2014 8:41 am

HI,
l have only just seen your post, to hand rear a cockatiel it takes approx. 12 - 14 weeks, at 4 - 5 weeks it is to early to try to get them to eat solids, you said you started hand rearing him/her at about two weeks, was he doing all right with the parents or had they stopped feeding him? What type of hand rearing formula are you feeding him on ? it is normal for a chick to have sloppy poo, but it is normally the same colour/ consistency each time,
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Re: Sick baby cockatiel?

Post by GreyKing » Tue Jan 26, 2016 2:16 pm

brugge wrote:HI,
l have only just seen your post, to hand rear a cockatiel it takes approx. 12 - 14 weeks, at 4 - 5 weeks it is to early to try to get them to eat solids, you said you started hand rearing him/her at about two weeks, was he doing all these https://affmountain.com/my-wealthy-affi ... nd-results wealthy affiliate articles right with the parents or had they stopped feeding him? What type of hand rearing formula are you feeding him on ? it is normal for a chick to have sloppy poo, but it is normally the same colour/ consistency each time,
brugge
After about 14 weeks what is the best solid food to start with?

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