Cockatiel screams while preening
Posted 02 October 2011 - 12:50 PM
Posted 14 December 2011 - 10:56 AM
So I got her another companion, a young bird this time, and plenty of nutritious goodies and vitamins for the water. I can't take her to the vet any more, I'm dead broke. The new hand raised bird cost less than 1/10 what my typical vet visits were costing and more likely, IMO to do any good. My typical experience with avian vets has been $500 worth of tests only to show that none of that is wrong. I finally decided it would be just about as effective to shred 100 dollar bills and feed them to the birds. Each time, what I suspected was the problem was correct and all the tests and xrays were not needed and very stressful for them.
The new guy has only been her a few days now so we'll see. In the meantime she's got her Harrisons, some quality seeds, vitamins in the water, and carrots, celery, fresh garden greens and herbs and scrambled eggs. Not all at once but one of these things as a treat every day. She also LOVES cooked chicken. Still picking but I think a little less. We'll see.
Posted 14 December 2011 - 09:40 PM
Posted 15 December 2011 - 10:46 AM
You can bet that now all birds here have wings clipped regularly! On the up side, new bird has been here for more than a week now and the feather picking is getting better but still happening. Time will tell.
Posted 15 December 2011 - 10:53 AM
Posted 15 December 2011 - 06:42 PM
I've spent hundreds on my birds, but I've never paid more than $200-$300 for one visit on more than one bird (except when my bourke went in for surgery). Don't think I want to know how much I've spent on one tiel over a course of, well, nearly a year (9-10 months and counting)! So I know full well the frustrations of having to vet them to ensure they are healthy, especially when money is tight. My a-vet told me that the full plucking blood work panel is within $600 range, and that's a lot of blood to be taken for a little bird! It's a shame though that it sounds like your a-vet likes to squeeze you for every penny that you have.
Do we get pictures of the new guy?
Posted 17 December 2011 - 10:53 AM
Posted 18 December 2011 - 11:15 AM
This quote on one page: The most common presentation at our practice is a bird with watery droppings and ripping feathers out as if they were painful. jumped out at me and the same thing is repeated on many pages for giardia in cockatiels. It describes her symptoms exactly. I hadn't thought much about watery droppings but they are more often than not watery. Also another page said they act like they have fleas. That too fits exactly.
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