The Complete Guide To Common Cockatiel Diseases and Remedies

This guide will tell you all about the common cockatiel diseases you should be wary of.

Cockatiels are one of the most popular pet birds, and it’s no wonder why. They’re social, outgoing, and generally good-natured creatures.

But they can also be susceptible to a variety of common diseases and ailments, just like any other pet.

As a veterinarian and avian expert, I’ve seen my fair share of cockatiel ailments, so I want to pass on some of the knowledge I’ve gathered over the years.

In this article, I will discuss the common cockatiel diseases, how to recognize them, and what remedies are available.

Common Cockatiel Diseases And Remedies

Please note that the advice, suggestions, and treatments written here can vary significantly on seeing the actual bird.

Each bird is unique, has its own history, and may have its own set of associated issues. 

The only person capable enough of suggesting the right treatment for your bird is your vet, and that too after a thorough examination.

This guide is not, in any way, meant to be a source of self-medication. Please consult your vet for advice in case you see any of the symptoms mentioned in this blog.

I have merely compiled common diseases and treatments here for reference.

What Does a Sick Cockatiel Look Like?

Healthy cockatiels can live for as long as fifteen years and even more in captivity. However, as mentioned before, they are prone to diseases.

When your cockatiel isn’t feeling well, here are some common signs to look for.

  1. Lethargy: A sick cockatiel might be more sluggish than normal, sleeping for longer periods throughout the day.
  2. Loss of Appetite: Changes in eating habits can indicate something is wrong with your bird’s health.
  3. Discharge from nose or eyes: This can be a sign of infection and should be addressed by a veterinarian promptly.
  4. Puffing up: When a cockatiel fluffs up its feathers and hunches its wings, it can be a sign of pain or discomfort.
  5. Change in Voice: A sick bird may sound different than usual, and its voice may be hoarse or raspy.
  6. Abnormal Droppings: Your cockatiel’s droppings can indicate a health issue, so look for any changes in color or consistency.
  7. Unusual behaviors: Watch out for unusual movements or vocalizations that could be indicative of a medical problem.
  8. Poor feather condition: Over-preening or bald patches can also be a sign of an underlying health issue. Unhealthy cockatiel feathers may be loose, brittle, or discolored, and they might even have bald spots or patches.

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Sick Cockatiel Body Language

You can also tell when your cockatiel isn’t feeling well by its body language. A sick cockatiel may be fluffed up, shaking its head or wings, frequently yawning, sitting on the bottom of its cage, or sleeping more than usual.

Bacterial Diseases of Cockatiels

Bacterial diseases are a common threat to cockatiels and can cause a variety of symptoms. Bacterial infections, such as salmonellosis and psittacosis, can spread quickly in confined environments.

I would like to remind you again not to use this list of symptoms to self-identify and medicate your bird. Please visit an avian vet if you see any of the symptoms mentioned.

Avian Respiratory Mycoplasmosis

It is a chronic and contagious disease that mainly affects cockatiels. The symptoms of this condition are more severe in young birds. Adult birds tend to show less severe signs, such as weight loss and difficulty breathing.

Signs in Young Birds

  • Sneezing and coughing
  • Open beak breathing
  • Sinusitis
  • Enteritis
  • Lack of appetite
  • Respiratory problems

Mycoplasmosis can be confirmed through laboratory examination. To help avoid mycoplasmosis, always ensure you keep your bird’s cage or aviary disinfected.

Young birds should also receive preventive antibiotic treatments to reduce the risk of infection.

Treatment

If your bird does become ill with mycoplasmosis, it’s important to isolate them from other birds immediately.

Administer antibiotics such as Terramycin subcutaneously in the upper part of their neck.

After treatment, you may observe a local reaction which should disappear after 10-14 days.

Other treatments include administering Oxytetracycline or Streptomycin for three days or Erythromycin intramuscularly for 5-7 days.

Additionally, supplement your bird’s diet with vitamins in its drinking water or feed.

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Avian Cholera

Avian cholera, also called pasteurellosis, is an infection of the digestive system caused by the Pasteurella bacteria. It affects mainly young birds aged between 1-21 days old and has a high mortality rate.

Pasteurellosis can be spread through contaminated drinking water, food, and saliva or droppings from animals.

Symptoms include fever, diarrhea, conjunctivitis, white droppings and lack of appetite, fatigue, and the presence of mucus in droppings.

Treatment

As a vet, I recommend treating infected birds with Chloramphenicol, Oxytetracycline or Tetracycline administered either orally or by adding it to their water or food. If the bird doesn’t accept water or food, you can inject it into the bird.

Psittacosis or Parrot Fever

Parrot Fever, also known as Psittacosis, is a common infectious disease among birds. Many birds may carry the Chlamydophila psittaci bacteria but only show signs of illness when they become stressed.

Some birds act as carriers and can shed the virus to infect other birds, yet not show any signs themselves.

Signs: Symptoms may include a poor-looking bird, ruffled feathers, conjunctivitis, respiratory problems / abnormal breathing, soiled vent, diarrhea that is often lime-green in color, and excessive urine in droppings.

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In some cases, the bird may even die without warning.

Treatment of Parrot Fever

Treatment for Parrot Fever can be long and arduous, but it is necessary to ensure your feathered friend remains healthy. Generally, I’d prescribe doxycycline (Psittavet) in either injectable form or in drinking water.

Treatment must be administered for at least 45 days to ensure a successful recovery. In cases where treatment is not administered for the full length of time, birds may look healthy initially but could relapse into a state of illness again.

Mycotic Diseases of Cockatiels

Cockatiels are highly susceptible to fungal infections, otherwise known as mycotic diseases. These infections often affect the skin and feathers of pet cockatiels.

Here are a few of the most common mycotic diseases that can affect your feathered companion. Once again, I suggest you to talk to a good vet before trying to assess any of these diseases in your bird.

Candidiasis

It is a disease caused by the yeast Candida albicans, which typically affects the mouth and crop of birds, particularly young ones.

It is important to maintain a high level of hygiene when handling birds to avoid exposing them to this problem.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Vomiting and regurgitation
  • White plaques in the mouth
  • Thickened crop
  • Slowed crop emptying in nestlings/handfed birds
  • Sweet smelling diarrhea

Treatment of Candidiasis

In case of coccidiosis, I prescribe 0.25-0.5ml nystatin (Nilstat or Mycostatin) three times daily. The bird is recovered in most cases.

However, if it is not showing any signs of recovery, other medications, such as Ketoconazole (Nizoral) may be needed. Treatment should continue until 2-3 days after all signs of the disease have disappeared.

I also recommend the use of a water cleanser in the drinking water, 5ml per 10 liters. It can help to inhibit yeast growth and prevent it from spreading between birds.

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Aspergillosis

Aspergillosis is a fungal infection that affects the respiratory system of cockatiels. It occurs when they breathe in too many fungal spores, which are often present in damp or poorly-cleaned bedding and food, as well as high humidity levels.

Signs of Aspergillosis

Open-mouthed breathing and other respiratory signs are the most obvious symptoms of Aspergillosis. Other signs can include:

Treatment for Aspergillosis

As a veterinarian, I generally recommend treating Aspergillosis with antibiotics such as Stamycin, which should be put in the bird’s drinking water.

Potassium iodide is also effective and can be added to drinking water. Additionally, good cage hygiene and avoiding high-humidity environments can help prevent birds from getting Aspergillosis in the first place.

Parasitic Diseases of Cockatiels

Parasitic diseases can be a concern for Cockatiels, as they are just as vulnerable to them as any other bird species.

Parasites such as mites, lice, and worms can invade your cockatiel’s body and cause serious health issues if left untreated.

Worms such as roundworms, tapeworms, and giardia can also be present in cockatiels. Sarcocystosis is also a parasitic disease.

The signs of the parasitic disease include weight loss, lethargy, itchy and flaky skin, lack of appetite, diarrhea, and poor feather condition.

Fortunately, there are several methods of prevention and control that can help keep parasitic diseases at bay.

Good hygiene is essential to prevent parasites from entering your cockatiel’s environment, as they can be spread through contact with other birds or contaminated surfaces.

It is important to clean and disinfect cages and perches regularly and also to separate sick birds from the rest of the flock.

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Giardiasis in Cockatiels

Giardiasis is a parasitic infection caused by the protozoan Giardia lamblia. It can be a difficult organism to detect and is often not seen until a post-mortem examination.

Signs of Giardiasis:

  • Excessive feather grooming and picking
  • Screaming or vocalization
  • Whole seeds in droppings
  • Enlarged droppings (a “popcorn” appearance)
  • Deaths in young birds

Diagnosis

To diagnose a Giardia infection, the easiest and most common method is to use a zinc sulfate flotation test on feces samples.

It is important to note that droppings must be very fresh in order to test for Giardiasis, as the organisms die when the droppings cool down.

Treatment of Giardiasis

When it comes to treating giardiasis, I recommend either metronidazole or carnidazole.

Metronidazole is a drug that is usually given by mouth in doses of 25-50 mg/kg every 12-24 hours for five to seven days.

Carnidazole is typically administered orally at a dose of 20-30 mg/kg per day for one to two days.

Viral Diseases of Cockatiels

Cockatiels are susceptible to different kinds of viruses that can cause diseases.

Vaccines can help to protect them from viral diseases like avian polyoma.

However, the best treatment typically involves providing vital support for their body, as well as vitamin supplements, quality food, and antibiotics.

Viral diseases are not easy to identify. I would again suggest you discuss it with a vet if you see any of the signs.

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Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease (PBFD)

PBFD is also known as Psittacine Circoviral Disease (PCD) or Psittacine Circovirus. It is a serious viral condition that affects parrots of over 50 species, including cockatiels.

Signs and Symptoms

PBFD can be identified by several visible symptoms.

  • Feathers appear short, sharp, and fragile with a loss of powder down. Contour feathers may also lose pigment in a symmetrical pattern.
  • Skin appears scaly, thickened, moist, and infected.
  • The beak initially has a glossy appearance before becoming dull and malformed.
  • Nails become brittle and malformed.
  • Internally, the virus is responsible for damage to the immune system, especially the thymus, Bursa of Fabricius, and bone marrow.

Diagnosis

PBFD is diagnosed using a DNA probe test on a blood sample. Skin or feather samples or samples of internal organs of dead birds are used for the confirmatory test.

Treatment of PBFD

As a vet, I often have to diagnose and treat cases of PBFD. Though there is no specific treatment or cure for this virus, there are some preventative measures that can be taken to help birds suffering from it live longer.

Cleanliness & Sanitation: Regular cleaning with an appropriate disinfectant is necessary, as there is no known disinfectant that kills the circovirus virus.

Also, infected birds should be isolated from other birds to avoid spreading the virus.

Supportive Care: Supplementing with vitamins and minerals, and probiotics may help support the immune system.

If secondary infections occur due to weakened immunity, oral antibiotics and antifungals may be prescribed on a case-by-case basis.

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Avian Pseudo Pest (Newcastle Disease)

Avian pseudo-pest, commonly known as Newcastle disease, is highly contagious and affects birds of all ages and sizes.

Symptoms

The main symptoms include:

  • Diarrhea (with or without blood)
  • Dehydration
  • Weight loss
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Discharges from nostrils
  • Fever
  • Paralysis of the legs and wings
  • Anorexia
  • Indigestion

Prevention

To prevent this virus from spreading to your cockatiels, it is important to keep them separated from any other infected birds and also ensure that their cage or aviary is disinfected regularly.

Treatment of Newcastle Disease

Vaccination against Newcastle disease can help protect your cockatiels from infection. If you suspect that your cockatiel has contracted this virus, seek immediate veterinary assistance, as early treatment increases the chances of recovery.

Avian Pox

Avian pox, also known as the suffocation disease, is a virus that can affect cockatiels in aviaries. Avipoxvirus is incredibly resilient and can survive for up to 15 months at room temperature. It can be destroyed with caustic soda 1-2%.

Symptoms

Symptoms of infection include:

It is particularly dangerous for young birds since it progresses rapidly without any symptoms.

Treatment of Avian Pox

The virus can be spread via direct contact with an infected bird or through the bite of a mosquito. Vaccination should be administered annually for protection against the virus.

Pacheco’s Disease

It is a highly contagious and serious condition that affects cockatiels. It is caused by psittacine herpesviruses, which can potentially lead to sudden death in affected birds.

Symptoms

Symptoms of Pacheco’s disease include

  • Reduced appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • White-yellowish droppings with blood
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Sinusitis
  • Loss of balance

In addition, infected birds may struggle to maintain balance on their perch.

Treatment of Pacheco’s Disease

I would recommend administering the antiviral drug Acyclovir and providing supportive treatments to help reduce death rates in other exposed birds.

To prevent the further spread of the virus, it is recommended that cockatiels are vaccinated annually against Pacheco’s Disease.

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Cockatiels – Pediatric Diseases

Cockatiels, like all other animals, may suffer from pediatric diseases.

The health of a chick can be affected by the conditions in which it was incubated, what type of food it consumes, its environment as well as its exposure to infectious diseases.

Common pediatric health problems in cockatiels include

  • Crop stasis and burn
  • Aspiration pneumonia
  • Foreign body ingestion
  • Esophageal and pharyngeal trauma
  • Choanal atresia (blockage or narrowing of the nasal passage)
  • Toe malposition (constricted toe syndrome)

To ensure your cockatiel is healthy and happy, the best thing you can do is provide them with a balanced diet, clean environment, and access to veterinary care.

Aspiration Pneumonia in Pediatric Cockatiels

Pneumonia caused by aspiration is a common problem in young pet cockatiels. It can occur when inexperienced caretakers feed chicks too much liquid formula or during the weaning process.

Signs and Diagnosis

Symptoms include rapid breathing, difficulty eating, weakness, and depression. Diagnosis may involve blood tests and X-rays but is usually based on physical examination findings.

Treatment of Aspiration

Treatment typically consists of oxygen therapy, inhalation medication, anti-inflammatories, and supplemental fluids. The prognosis is uncertain.

Proper bird nutrition and careful feeding are important to prevent aspiration pneumonia in pet cockatiels.

Cryptophthalmos or Eyelid Atresia in Pediatric Cockatiels

Eyelid Atresia is a condition seen in cockatiels that causes the bird’s eyelids to be either absent or too small. This leads to the eyelids being fused together, blocking light and significantly reducing vision.

If the palpebral fissure (opening in the eyelid) is large enough, no treatment may be necessary. However, if vision is impaired, surgery can be done to extend the opening and restore sight.

This condition typically affects clutch mates, siblings of birds hatched from a single nest.

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Geriatric Diseases of Cockatiels

As our beloved cockatiels reach their golden years, they can be more vulnerable to certain diseases. It’s important to keep an eye out for signs of geriatric diseases in your feathered friend.

Here are a few common conditions that you should watch out for if your cockatiel is aging:

  • Arthritis
  • Kidney disease
  • Cataracts
  • Cardiac disease
  • Liver disease
  • Bumblefoot
  • Weight loss or malnutrition

Regular blood tests and physical examinations from your avian veterinarian can help detect any geriatric diseases in their early stages. 

While it may not be possible to completely cure or reverse some of the conditions, early detection is key to helping your cockatiel stay healthy and comfortable.

Neoplastic Diseases of Cockatiels

Neoplastic diseases refer to the abnormal growth of new tissue. This can result in tumors or cysts that can affect cockatiels, causing them to become weak and lethargic. Neoplastic diseases in cockatiels can sometimes be difficult to identify as symptoms may not appear until the disease has progressed.

Signs: Common signs of neoplastic diseases in cockatiels include weight loss, fatigue, increased breathing rate, anorexia, and unusual lumps on the body.

Treatment of Neoplastic Diseases,

Unfortunately, neoplastic diseases are often difficult to treat due to their aggressive nature.

Treatment options depend on the type of neoplastic disease but may include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.

Xanthomas

Xanthomas are fatty, yellow lesions often found in the skin of cockatiels. These are not neoplasms. They tend to be located on the keel, distal wings, and sternopubic area but can appear anywhere.

The cause is unknown but dietary improvements that include sufficient vitamin A have been helpful in some cases. Treatment usually involves removal via surgery although

Lipomas (Skin Tumors)

Lipomas are soft, yellowish, benign masses that are often found under the skin of cockatiels. These lumps can quickly grow in size. If traumatized, it can cause inflammation or necrosis of the skin.

To treat these growths, birds should be put on a low-fat diet and lose any excess weight. Surgery may also be used to remove the lipoma, though it can recur if not removed completely.

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Cockatiels – Nutritional Diseases

Nutritional diseases can affect cockatiels in a variety of ways. Vitamin A deficiency, for example, can cause feather picking or plucking and other abnormal behaviors.

Additionally, too much vitamin A or an inadequate balance of vitamins and minerals in the diet can lead to neoplastic diseases.

Common symptoms of nutritional diseases include poor growth, unkempt feathers, flaky skin, and anemia.

Common nutritional diseases in cockatiels include

  • Fatty Liver Disease
  • Vitamin A Deficiency
  • Goiter
  • Metabolic Bone Disease
  • Obesity
  • Calcium Deficiency

Good quality sprouted seeds are usually adequate for maintaining healthy cockatiels, but they should be supplemented with fresh fruits and vegetables.

A balanced diet will help prevent nutritional diseases in your feathered friend. Again, always check in with your vet if you are worried about any of these diseases in your pet.

Metabolic Bone Disease (MBD) in Cockatiels

MBD, also called nutritional secondary hyperparathyroidism, is a common condition in cockatiels.

Signs and Diagnosis

Common symptoms include weakness, ataxia (uncoordinated movements), tremors, and depression. It is typically caused by an imbalanced diet lacking calcium or inadequate exposure to natural sunlight.

Diagnosis is made through history, physical examination, and radiographs which may reveal pathologic fractures.

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Treatment of MBD

Treatment consists of vitamin D and calcium supplementation as well as a balanced diet.

Additionally, an outdoor cage with access to direct sunlight should be provided for pet birds in order to properly activate Vitamin D3.

In cases of fractures, bandaging or splinting or bandaging may be required. NSAIDs or analgesics may also be needed for pain relief.

Treatment for calcium deficiency should involve administering Calcium Gluconate (100 mg/kg) intramuscularly.

Reproductive Diseases of Cockatiels

Cockatiels are beautiful and intelligent birds, but they can suffer from a range of reproductive diseases if not properly cared for.

Reproductive diseases in cockatiels can be caused by poor nutrition, genetic predisposition, or even stress.

These conditions often cause fertility issues in both males and females and should be addressed right away to prevent further complications.

Common reproductive diseases in cockatiels include

  • Egg yolk peritonitis
  • Cystic ovarian disease
  • Egg binding
  • Egg yolk coelomitis
  • Excessive or chronic egg laying
  • Cloacal prolapse
  • Sexual behavioral problems

Excessive or Chronic Egg Laying in Cockatiels

Chronic egg laying in cockatiels is a condition characterized by repeat clutches or the production of more eggs than normal.

Affected birds generally have a high-calorie intake and are exposed to more than 12 hours of daylight.

Signs and Symptoms

Clinical signs may not always be present but can include non-perching, weakness, depression, tail bobbing, decreased fecal output, or voluminous droppings.

Treatment of Excessive Egg Laying

Treatment of excessive egg-laying in cockatiels should involve shortening the daylight to eight hours, giving pelleted food, and removing any overly bonded toys as well as nest boxes.

I ideally prescribe supplementation with calcium and administration of leuprolide acetate (800 mcg/kg) IM.

In some cases, hormonal therapy like GnRH agonists may be recommended. In extreme cases, salpingohysterectomy (removal of both ovaries and oviduct) may be necessary as a last resort.

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Egg Binding in Cockatiels

Egg binding, or dystocia, is a common condition among captive cockatiels and other birds. Causes for the condition may include vitamin A deficiency, first-time breeder, oviductal disease, genetic predisposition, and calcium metabolism in birds.

Signs

The most common signs of egg binding in cockatiels include:

  • Depression
  • Closed eyes
  • Bobbing tail
  • Dyspnea (labored breathing)
  • Abdominal distention (swelling)

Treatment of Egg Binding

The primary medical treatment for egg binding in cockatiels includes:

  • Analgesics and/or NSAIDs
  • Fluid therapy
  • Parenteral calcium supplementation
  • Oxytocin injections to increase uterine contractions and induce oviposition
  • Maintenance in a warm, humid environment to aid oviposition (release of the egg)

As a veterinarian, I would recommend proper medical treatment before considering surgery as the last option for treating egg binding in cockatiels.

Toxicoses in Cockatiels

Toxicoses is an illness caused by exposure to a toxic substance or by inhaled toxins. Cockatiels are particularly susceptible to this as they can easily ingest toxins from plants, chemicals, and other sources.

Signs of toxicity may include blood in urates or feces, green or black diarrhea, vomiting, crop not emptying, seizures, excessive drinking, and excessive urine in droppings.

Zinc and lead poisoning can occur from chewing on a galvanized wire, while mercury poisoning may be caused by a bird chewing the back of a mirror.

X-rays or blood tests may be necessary to differentiate between these toxins and other poisons.

Hospitalization with fluid therapy and injectable medication is often required for successful treatment, though if caught early, most birds will recover fully.

As a vet, I strongly encourage bird owners to be familiar with the signs of toxicity and seek immediate medical attention if they suspect any signs.

Timely treatment of toxicoses is vital for cockatiels to survive and fully recover.

Cockatiels – Other Diseases

Cockatiels can also suffer from several other diseases. These include digestive issues such as impacted crop and gizzard impaction.

They may also have non-infectious diseases like fatty liver and French Molt etc.

Other common ailments include eye infections and syndromes like lutino cockatiel syndrome.

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Lutino Cockatiel Syndrome

Lutino Cockatiel Syndrome is a genetic condition characterized by certain signs. The signs associated with this disorder include

  • Baldness (particularly on the head)
  • Haemophiliac (prone to uncontrolled bleeding)
  • Prone to disease
  • Mental retardation
  • Incoordination (appearing drunk)
  • Falling off the perch at night.
  • Bruising and bleeding of the wing tip, wrist
  • Abdomen and pectoral muscles from trauma/falling over

This syndrome occur more commonly in the Lutino cockatiels, and there is no known treatment for it. Night lights may help to prevent panic attacks when the bird falls off its perch at night. For birds with severe symptoms, euthanasia should be considered by a licensed veterinarian.

What To Do In Case of Traumatic Injury?

Traumatic injuries in cockatiels can occur due to bites from larger animals, flying into walls or windows, falling off furniture or cages, and becoming caught in toys or cage bars.

Common traumatic injuries include

  • Lacerations
  • Puncture wounds
  • Fractures
  • Crushing injuries

Prevention and Treatment

If your cockatiel has sustained a traumatic injury, it is important to seek veterinary care immediately. Treatment may include antibiotics, pain medications, surgery, or wound care, depending on the extent of the injury.

Taking preventive measures such as keeping birds in flight cages and providing toys that are not dangerous can help avoid these types of injuries.

Additionally, supervising your bird when outside of its cage may help reduce the risk of serious trauma.

How To Treat a Sick Cockatiel at Home

If you suspect your cockatiel is sick, it’s important to act quickly and provide the necessary medical attention. Here are some steps you can take at home to help ease your bird’s discomfort:

  1. Provide a calm, comfortable environment: A sick or injured bird needs a quiet place away from the noise and other animals. Make sure the area is draft-free and warm to keep your bird comfortable.
  2. Ensure they are hydrated: Offer your cockatiel clean, fresh drinking water at all times. If you suspect dehydration, you can also offer an electrolyte solution or even try offering some fruits or vegetables with a high water content, like a melon.
  3. Give them a balanced diet: A healthy, balanced diet is essential to keeping your cockatiel healthy. Make sure they are getting enough protein and vitamins, and avoid feeding them too many fatty or sugary treats.
  4. Monitor their activity level: Injured or sick birds tend to become more lethargic than usual. Make sure they are still eating, drinking, and moving around when they should be.
  5. Provide extra warmth: A sick bird may need additional warmth to help them recover. You can give them a warm bath or add a heat lamp near their cage if the temperature in your home is too low.
  6. Seek medical attention: If your bird’s condition does not improve, contact your avian veterinarian for advice and treatment. It is important to get professional help as soon as possible to prevent further health problems.

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Natural Home Remedies for Cockatiels

If your bird has minor health issues, you can try natural home remedies to help ease its discomfort.

To Increase Immunity

To protect your cockatiel from virus-affected diseases, you can increase its immunity by adding 1 gram of fresh lemon or vinegar to 100 ml of water and using it as a drink. This mixture will help boost the bird’s immune system.

For Cold

To protect birds from cold weather, use oil seeds like sunflower seeds to keep cockatiels warm. This is an excellent source of nutrition for them and will help them survive the winter months.

If your cockatiel has already been affected by the cold, mix 1 liter of water with five leaves of Brussels plant and a small amount of cinnamon.

Boil the mixture for 10 minutes, then let it cool down before giving it to your bird as drinking water. In most cases, this solution should help the condition.

For Diarrhea

If your Cockatiel is affected by diarrhea or loose motion, a saltwater solution can be used as a treatment. To prepare the salt water, mix 100 ml of water with 3 grams of salt.

Offer it to your bird in the morning and change it every 6 hours. Additionally, provide fresh drinking water for 18 consecutive hours.

Repeat this process for 2-3 days, and your bird should recover.

To Treat The Mites

To treat cockatiel from mites naturally, prepare a neem leaf solution. Boil 100 grams of neem leaves with 1 kilogram of water and use it for bathing your cockatiel bird. This solution will protect them from many types of mite-related diseases.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Should I Do If My Cockatiel is Shaking and Closing Eyes?

If your cockatiel is shaking and closing its eyes, it could be a sign of shock or stress. Make sure the bird is in a calm environment, away from the noise and other animals.
Then offer them clean water to drink and provide some warmth either with a warm bath or a heat lamp near their cage.

What Should I Do If My Cockatiel’s Wings are Drooping?

If your cockatiel’s wings are drooping, it may be a sign of exhaustion due to lack of rest.
Make sure your bird is getting enough quality sleep, and offer them a balanced diet with plenty of protein and vitamins. Additionally, you can try gently massaging their wings to improve circulation.

What Should I Do For Cockatiel Vent Problems?

If your Cockatiel has vent problems such as prolapse, gently clean the affected area with warm water and an antiseptic rinse.
Then take them to an avian veterinarian clinic immediately. Keep vent mass damp and covered when traveling and also provide warmth and fluids if needed.
Antibiotics will be administered to prevent infection and other further complications.

What Should I Do For Cockatiel Tongue Problems

If you notice that your bird’s tongue is swollen, discolored, or has any lesions, contact an avian vet for a diagnosis and treatment.
Provide extra fluids to help keep the bird hydrated or change the diet to include more soft foods. Common treatments include medications to reduce inflammation and supplements such as probiotics and vitamins.

My Cockatiel Is Limping: What Can I Do?

If you notice your cockatiel limping, it may be a sign of bumblefoot. To treat this condition, clean out the pus from the affected area and apply antibiotic spray regularly to prevent infection.
Keep the wound clean and dry by using an absorbent pad and wrapping it with a bandage.

Why Is My Cockatiels Beak Peeling?

Cockatiels have beaks that continuously grow and need to be kept in check.
If their beaks are not regularly worn down through chewing, then it can lead to excessive flaking of the upper and lower parts of the beak. This is especially common in adult cockatiels.

What Should I Do If My Cockatiels Feathers Look Bad?

Improper nutrition, lack of vitamins and minerals, or environmental stress can cause the feathers on your Cockatiel to look bad.
Make sure you are feeding your bird a high-quality diet with plenty of protein, calcium, and Vitamin A. Also, provide them with plenty of sunlight and out-of-cage time each day.

Why Is My Cockatiels Tail Pointing Down?

Your Cockatiel’s tail pointing down can be a sign of stress or imbalance due to wing clipping. However, it could also indicate a hinged tail which is an inherited trait in some birds.
If the bird seems healthy and happy then there’s no need for concern.

Why Is My Cockatiel Shivering?

Cockatiel shivering can be caused by a number of things, such as stress, cold, or illness. If the bird is eating and drinking normally then it may just be a sign of excitement.
However, if the bird is losing weight or showing other signs of ill health then consult an avian vet immediately.

Why Is My Cockatiel Shivering?

Cockatiel shivering can be caused by a number of things, such as stress, cold, or illness. If the bird is eating and drinking normally then it may just be a sign of excitement.
However, if the bird is losing weight or showing other signs of ill health, then consult an avian vet immediately.

Why Is My Cockatiel’s Feet Hot?

Your cockatiel’s feet may be hot because it is actively trying to regulate its body temperature by releasing heat through its feet.
So, it is normal. If the feet are red, swollen, or painful, this could be a sign of an infection.

How To Tell if a Cockatiel Is Stressed?

Stressed cockatiels usually display signs such as pacing, feather plucking, and vomiting. They may also make loud noises or be lethargic.
Make sure your bird has a comfortable cage with enough room to spread out its wings. Provide them with toys and provide regular out-of-cage time.

Do Cockatiels Get Sick Easily?

Cockatiels are generally quite hardy and do not get sick easily.
However, they can be prone to certain illnesses such as respiratory disease or psittacosis. Make sure you keep their environment clean and watch for any signs of illness or stress.

How can I treat a sick cockatiel at home?

It’s best to take them to an avian vet for examination and treatment.
However, there are some things you can do at home, such as providing extra fluids and changing their diet to include more soft foods. You may also need to provide warmth and a humid environment if necessary.

What medicine is good for cockatiels?

Your avian vet can recommend the right medicines for your bird’s condition.
Common medications include antibiotics, antifungals, and antiparasitics. Vitamin supplements may also be recommended to boost their immune system.

How do you bring a cockatiel back to life?

If your cockatiel appears lifeless or is not breathing, you can attempt to revive them.
Gently rub the chest area and then perform artificial respiration by sealing your lips around their beak and nares, and then blow warm air into it in five quick breaths.

How can I make my cockatiel feel better?

Provide your cockatiel with a comfortable and safe environment.
Spend time interacting with your bird, ensure it is receiving adequate nutrition, provide plenty of toys and enrichment activities, keep its cage clean, and make sure it receives regular veterinary care.

Wrapping Up

Cockatiels can suffer from a range of health issues and diseases, ranging from respiratory infections to beak problems. The best way to protect your cockatiel from illness is to keep its environment clean and provide a balanced diet.

Regular visits to an avian veterinarian can help detect any issues before they become serious. With proper care and treatment, your cockatiel will enjoy a long and healthy life.

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Dr Majid Tanveer

Dr. Majid, DVM, RVMP, is a licensed veterinarian with over five years of experience in veterinary care. He has dedicated his life to helping and caring for animals of all kinds, from cats and dogs to exotic birds and reptiles. He is also a passionate writer who uses his knowledge to share experiences, educate pet owners, and promote animal welfare.

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