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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Bird Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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I have a young male cockatiel that has stopped chirping.

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Hi. I have a young male cockatiel that has stopped chirping. I had a fan in the room and he flew into it and since then has not chirped but looks fine physically. What should I do? Does this have something to do with diet? Thanks for your help
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. How long has it been since he flew into the fan? If he stopped chirping directly after he flew into the fan it would be reasonable to assume that he hurt himself doing so. Bruises and internal injuries may not be apparent visually but might be seen by the trained eye of an avian-oriented vet. Please see here; www.aav.org. If it's been some time since he flew into the fan, yes, a nutritional imbalance may exist. Nutritional imbalances are a common cause of illness in our pet birds. Please tell me what his diet has consisted of. Any change in behavior in our pet birds can be worrisome for illness. Birds will hide their illness as a protective mechanism because ill birds will be attacked by other birds in the wild. This then results in these birds being quite ill by the time we recognize they're ill.

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