I have a cockatiel with sore skin around the eyes. She is in nesting mode (no partner). She found a hole somewhere and

Expert's Assistant chatimg
Customer: I have a cockatiel with sore skin around the eyes. She is in nesting mode (no partner). She found a hole somewhere and was gone for a couple of hours. When she appeared back she had something in both eyes. I have bathed them in saline solution, and they are now open with minimal discharge. However the skin around her eyes is red and appears to bother her. Can I soothe it with Savlon or tea tree oil?
Answered by Bird Brains in 1 hour 12 years ago
imglogo
Bird Brains
10+ years of experience
logo

8 satisfied customers

Specialities include: Bird Veterinary, Exotic Animal Medicine, Avian Medicine, Poultry Veterinary Medicine

Thank you for your question in regards XXXXX XXXXX pets eye irritation. As i understand she got out of her cage...do you know if she was loosed from the house? Also what color and consistency was the discharge? i want to make sure to be able to provide you the best answer possible.
Customer

She is not kept caged,except at night. She did not leave the house. She is sticking her head into any and all holes that might lead to a nesting place.

The discharge was,is clear,as in tears, watery eyes.

Thank you for getting back to me with that. Obviously she has either irritated her eyes by poking her head into different holes etc. or be coming into contact with something as harmless as dust or as bad as insulation shedding.

 

The most important thing is to continue to flush the eyes...the fact that the eyes are tearing rather than oozing is positive as the birds body is trying to wash the irritant out.

 

An eye drop in this case would be a good idea. Store purchased is fine...do not purchase specialty brands with extras...get simple "sterile" eye drops.

 

Do not use Savlon or Tea Tree Oil...it will harm things more.

 

Should the problem persist for more than another day to two after applying sterile drops regularly you may wish to seek antibiotic drops from your local vet to prevent any possible infection.

 

The inflammation around the eye is to be expected with the area being irritated...this should pass quickly and naturally with regular use of the eye drops.

 

As far as your pets nesting...try to provide a closed cardboard nesting box. fill it with newspaper strips etc. cotton balls are also a good idea. Cut a hole big enough for your bird to enter. Place the box somewhere the bird naturally tends to traffic in the house. A treat etc might also entice. The more it feels like she discovered it on her own the more appealing it seems to be.

 

After clicking the green "accept" button feel free to check back in with me by reply and keep me updated of your birds progress. Have a great week. : )

 

Read less
unlike
0 Likes
logoBack
logologo
Bird Brains
logo
logo
8 satisfied customers
logo
10+ years of experience
imglogo
Bird Brains
+ years of experience
logo

8 satisfied customers

Ellen

Ellen

Licensed veterinarians

31,131 satisfied customers

Pearl avatar
Pearl Wilson, Veterinarian's Assistant
116 Veterinarians are online right now.
Related Veterinary Questions
She an egg and afterwards the area below her vent it all
9.8.2022
img
ToriVet
Veterinarian
610 Satisfied Customers
My one bird bit my other birds eye lid. Sun conure. Last
2.29.2020
img
DoctorMike
Veterinarian
14,807 Satisfied Customers
We have a chicken 12 months old aracuna She has been a
11.30.2019
img
Jeanne Smith, DVM
veterinarian, practice owner
4,858 Satisfied Customers
My year old chicken has been broody and this morning one of
10.3.2017
img
Dr. B.
Pet Specialist
22,864 Satisfied Customers
Anna, I found a canary 5 weeks ago. It was being attacked by
8.19.2016
img
Anna
Bird Expert, Biologist
1,488 Satisfied Customers
How it works
logoAsk for help, 24/7
Ask for help, 24/7
Members enjoy round-the-clock access to 12,000+ verified Experts, including doctors, lawyers, tech support, mechanics, vets, home repair pros, more.
logoExpert will respond in minutes
Expert will respond in minutes
After you reach out, we match you with an Expert who specializes in your situation. Talk, text, chat, whichever you prefer.
logoSave time & money
Save time & money
No scheduling hassles, missing time from work, or expensive consults.
A JustAnswer membership can save you significant time and money each month.
Sarahesq and 87 other Veterinarian specialists are ready to help you.
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.
Why you’ll love JustAnswer
JustAnswer is the best way to get expertise on-demand from doctors, lawyers, vets, mechanics and more. Since 2003, we’ve helped more than 9 million people in 196 countries and have an A+ rating with BBB and a 9.6/10 rating with TrustPilot.
Highly rated, verified Experts
We pride ourselves in our 8-step verification process including license and credential checks. Vetted by us and rated by customers, like you.
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal ...leave nothing to chance.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
JustAnswer, Professional Services  General, San Francisco, CA
Google reviews
TrustPilot Reviews