Hello all! This is Feathers, a 15-year-old male pearl pied tiel. I've had him since he was a few months old and I was 6 years old (feel free to do the math on this one). He eats a healthy mixed diet of fresh seeds (non-brand, freshly delivered to our house) and vegetables, and he has vitamins delivered to him in his water. As far as I know, he is happy and in fantastic health. He hasn't ingested anything under my watch that would be harmful to him.
His favorite toy is the yellow potholder. He is always supervised when he is out of the cage playing. A couple times recently, I saw him making a strange jerky motion with his head. Does he have something in his throat or is he just being silly? He's a goofball and has a lot of personality. However, I've never seen him do anything like this before and it looks like he's uncomfortable.
It doesn't really look like he's doing much, maybe chewing on some feathers on his chest? It really doesn't look abnormal to me.
Welcome to the forum btw!! One question....why does he get vitamins in his water? Honestly, it's not very necessary and putting medication in the water tends to make it so that it doesn't get delivered the way it needs to be.
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Agreed looks normal to me also I'm in agreement as far as artificial vitamins in the water. AVIAN supplements are largely unregulated and can be risky. It sounds like you are feeding a good fresh diet so I would suggest eliminating the water additives as they can take a toll on liver and kidneys.
And isn't it great to have a life long friend? Here's to another 15 years of friendship!
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That's a relief! Thanks for the warm welcome. I do hope for another 15 years with him.
Originally Posted by roxy culver
One question....why does he get vitamins in his water? Honestly, it's not very necessary and putting medication in the water tends to make it so that it doesn't get delivered the way it needs to be.
Huh! That's interesting. We were told that cockatiels who don't get supplements don't always get the nutrients they need, but maybe that's something that pet stores come up with because they don't sell the greatest food at times. Lol.
Thanks for the tip. I'll look into what's in the supplements and consider cutting them out. I guess you learn something new every day!
Looks like regurgitating to me! Could be random, could be that he sees the potholder as a potential mate or one of his babies.
Either way, if it is regurgitation it is normal and healthy behaviour for a tiel