Hello everyone! As some may know my family has been searching for a cockatiel to add to our flock. Today, I was out of town and stoped by a pet store that we love, that we don't have in our own town. They had the exact tiel I was looking for. I was so thrilled! and then I noticed she was missing feathers behind her/his head. I asked the store manager about it and he said that their birds are tested there before they come to the store to check for sickness. I told him I felt like that was a pretty large spot. He agreed and said that her/his cage mate may be picking at her/him. After a little Internet search and more convo with the guy I came to this conclusion. He said the birds don't get a lot of attention because they have conures of all types housed above them, they had no toys. So I'm guessing, the other bird is messing with her/him or boredom and loneliness. I decided I wanted to recue her/him. I'll take her to the vet in the next 1-3 days, I'll monitor her for picking at her feathers. Most of all she/he will have more attention and love that she/he can handle.
She/he is in her\his own cage and will be kept away from my budgies.
I don't know if what I did was stupid because I felt so sorry for her/him or what. I just know that in the last 3 days I have witnessed a breeder that should not be a breeder with poor babies crowded in dirty cages and then I come across this baby and know no one will pay her attention much less probably not buy her/him. I just couldn't resist. I want to give her the best home, but I have to keep my 2 budgies safe to.
So, advice and support are greatly needed! I want to do the right thing for my 2 babies and this new one as well.
p.s. I have registered on the talk cockatiel site, but my account is in a que waiting to be approved.
I didn't see the picture at first and was going to ask if your cockatiel was a lutino. They are known for having bald spots on the back of their heads, so she probably wasn't getting picked on, it's just very common with this particular mutation
Hello Michelle, you are right in keeping her/him away from your budgies. When you bring a new bird into your flock you should always quarantine no matter how well cared for the seller tells you.
From the site of the loss of feathers I am sure the bird couldn't be doing it to itself, there fore hopefully they should grow back fine. It sounds like you have indeed rescued the bird from a stressful environment with a bit of time and love I am sure you will have lovely companion . Perhaps a wellness visit to an avian vet would be helpful to put your mind at ease. By the way your sure have a cute baby there !!
Thanks for all the advice I feel a bit better about things. I will most definitely be taking her/him in to the vet. Hopefully in 1-3 days. I'd like her health checked and I need her wings clipped. I have 3 little girls (10y 7y 5y) and having a flighted bird makes me very nervous. Thanks again everyone
I suggest this may be a hen. Lutino is a sex linked colour and if you have a normal male and a normal female and one of the chicks is lutino it will automatically be a hen and the father is split (or carrying) the lutino gene. And yes bald spots are quite common with lutino's. The area just below the crest is showing that.
But that is obvious plucking and not just a bald spot. The problem is male cockatiel foreplay is rather rough. He will chat up the hen and the next thing he will grab a feather at the back of the head and pull it out. It's his way of saying I love you. Not my idea of love but cockatiels seem to be fine with it. It is also not boredom. I found this out pretty quickly when I was breeding and showing cockatiels. Hens are not shown as much as the males if they are of breeding age as they rarely have a full complement of head feathers, and this is regardless of colour. It is just cockatiel love.
I have absolutly no knowledge on cockatiels, but I know that you are doing the right thing by putting your new bird in quarantine. Plus, no matter how she was treated at the pet store, you will definitly be a better home for him/her because pet stores are not hard to beat.
Wow! Thank you for that info, Kate! So, super helpful! It's glad to have a sex to lean to. We've just been referring to her as baby around the house since we didn't know lol
I can't wait to take her to the vet and get an idea of how old she is yay!
So, do you think there is a chance she might grow some of those feather back?
Love for a creature is never wrong, this is one lucky gal (if she is not a he). In a perfect world there would be no abuse or unfavourable conditions but that's not where we live for the moment. Thanks for taking this little adorable girl in