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Re: Rainbow, Myrtle & Cockatiels

Postby liz » Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:46 am

I dearly love these little beings. My life would be so empty without them.

I found Flutter in a box yesterday. That means that Flutter and Lacy are trying to nest. I will sweep the floor again today and collect stray eggs to boil the collection for replacements.
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Re: Rainbow, Myrtle & Cockatiels

Postby liz » Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:09 am

I saw something really pitiful yesterday. There was a stray egg on the floor that had been cracked. Poor little Gimpy was trying to get it under him. He tried and tried but with one crooked leg to lift him he was unable to sit on it. When he finally gave up the others went to check on the egg.

I sweep the floor in that room only every 3 days to keep from upsetting the flock. With them flying around most of the stuff goes to the baseboards (seed shells).

Has anyone else noticed that a hormonal bird has red nostrils. I have noticed it in all of them.
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Re: Rainbow, Myrtle & Cockatiels

Postby Pajarita » Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:59 am

The red nostrils are not because of breeding condition, Liz. They are a symptom of something going on. Now, it could be something as simple as exertion from flying around a lot but it can also be due to excessive scratching caused by a deficiency of betacarotene in their diet, an upper respiratory infection or irritation from too many particles in the air they breathe so, if I were you, I would review the following:
- is there good air circulation in the room or do you have a good, large air purifier in there?
- are they getting enough betacarotene [dark leafy greens, yellow and orange veggies and fruits]?
- are they sneezing or fluffed up? tail bob?
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Re: Rainbow, Myrtle & Cockatiels

Postby liz » Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:24 am

This morning I heard a little voice in the cockatiel room before day break. It said "wake up pretty bird". I did not recognize the voice. I guess one of the males finally felt good enough to talk.
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