does smoking cigarettes harm the cockatiels?? one of my relative is smoking in the living area where the cage sits but it's kinda 6 feet away, so i was wondering if this is something i should be worried ?
Yep sure is!! That have very sensitive lungs which evolved to be very efficient, which also means they are more susceptible to air pollution problems. I wouldn't be able to breath properly if someone was smoking that close to me in an enclosed room, it's be much worse for them. Move the birds to another room or ask the person to stop smoking in the room they are in.
i have a bird who has permanant damage from smoking. i got him from a smoking home and now he has breathing and molting problems. he pants easily and when he pants he wheezes. and his feathers dont grow in properly sometimes and he has trouble molting. when we got him he reeked of cigarrettes and it took 8 showers, full out drenching showers to get rid of the stench. his feathers were dull, ragged, and he was in generally poor shape. smoking around birds should be avoided at all costs.
Roo is also from a smoker's home. She has chronic nasal discharge, and may be immunocompromised since she's had two bacterial infections in two months now. I suspect we're still discovering all the problems she has, but it's already enough to illustrate that smoking is very harmful.