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Hi this is Dr Hill. So it is a possibility that Ryder had an early morning bath and has a wet head because of it. However, because he is so young, I would also watch for any signs of regurgitation. Birds will shake their head when regurgitating and sling their crop contents on their head and around the cage. This can be a sign of crop stasis or crop inflammation/infection. Please ask any follow up questions. If you are satisfied with my response, then please take time to rate. You can continue posting for a few days, even after rating. Take care.
Thats great. What type of bird is Ryder?
Unlikely to be a cold. He is adorable. they make great companions.
Actually he would probably love a daily or every other day bath. Cockatiels are dusty birds and benefit from bathing. A very occasional honey treat should be fine. I noticed that he had millet in the picture. Ideally, you want to have him on a pelleted diet and not a seed/pellet mix. Millet should be given sparingly because it is like giving your child chocolate cake. He is young and you have a great opportunity to start him out with a healthy diet. Birds should be healthy vegans. Try different fruits and veggies. Avoid avocado (lethal) and onions. My bird will only eat orange veggies and fruits. They are all unique.
He would eat the pellets if you converted him. Check out Harrison's bird foods for tips on conversion to pellets. I use cat nail clippers and cut the first 5 primary feathers just below the level of the smaller feathers. You should never cut blood feathers because they will bleed significantly. Also you need to leave one primary on either side of a blood feather to protect it from breakage. Do you have to cut him feathers? It is okay for the to be flighted as long as you do not have ceiling fans or other animals in the house that may harm him.
Yes the long outer feathers. Look at the shaft of the feather and if it is red, then that is a blood feather, so do not cut. It would be best to take him to a local veterinarian to have them show you how to trim the feathers.
Your welcome. Enjoy your little buddy!