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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 45 years of experience
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My cockateil 2 nights ago became very excited and

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My cockateil 2 nights ago became very excited and uncontrobable flaaped his wings until both started bleeding. I put him in a dark box, vended very well, and he finally callmed down. He now sits on his perch but will not eat. He has lost his teail feathers as well as most of the feather on his wings. What do you suggest I do.
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. We don't have many avian vets on this site. It would be prudent to have such a vet attend to your cockatiel. Please see here: I suspect that he's going to need to have broken feathers completely removed in order to avoid their starting to bleed once again when traumatized. Wounds may need to be addressed with either topical or systemic care - antibiotics and analgesics which should also afford him comfort and hopefully encourage appetite. His diet needs to be improved so that he has the building blocks to regrow his feathers efficiently. Nutritional imbalances are a common cause of illness in our pet birds. What has his diet consisted of, please? Seeds should compose less than 20% of his diet. Ideally, a balanced pelleted diet such as can be found here: or here: should be fed as well as hard boiled egg yolk, pancakes and cornbread, the tops of fresh greens, dairy products such as yogurt and cheese, fresh fruits such as apples, pears, melon, kiwi, and berries, vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, beets, asparagus, cabbage, sweet potato, and squash, and even tiny pieces of meat.

Please warm his environment to 85F with a 100W bulb shined into his partially covered cage (not at night when he needs to rest) or by taping a heating pad set to its lowest setting around the sides of his cage. He's going to have trouble regulating his body temperature having lost so many feathers. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Hi Dan,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Dr. Michael Salkin