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Old 09-02-2010, 10:51 PM
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Hi, i just got my new cockatiel within this week, and he is making this quiet, quick, high pitched, sneez-ish sound. I'm hoping this isn't a sign of anything bad????
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Old 09-02-2010, 11:27 PM
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Re: is something wrong!?!?!?

that almost perfectly describes a cockatiel sneeze. Short, high-piitched, quiet, sneezy sound...
Has he been doing it long? Is it constant, or just once in a while? It could be as simple as dust causing him to sneeze, or he could have something larger caught in his nose, like a bit of feather or food residue/seed chaff. Has his behavior changed otherwise? If so it could definitely be a sign of illness, just like a human sneeze. If it doesn't clear up soon (12 hours or so) it may be time to think about a tip to the vet...
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Old 09-02-2010, 11:50 PM
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Re: is something wrong!?!?!?

I noticed it once, I was reading, and I put the bird in the cage to sleep, and it started sneezing. My house is normally 65 degrees F, so I thought that might be chilly for it, so I put a white sock in the side of the cage for him to cuddle against if he's chilly. this is his second night over, and i've spent alot of time with him before he came to my house, and i've never noticed it. He hasnt sneezed at all since I took him out to talk quietly to him and stick the sock in. I hope he's alright.
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Old 09-03-2010, 12:05 AM
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Re: is something wrong!?!?!?

Sneezing is common, consistant sneezing wouldn't be, since you said it only happened once I wouldn't worry, 65 is not to bad a temp, kind of chilli tho brrrr.....lol, you just want to make sure you keep Charlie out of the drafts from fans and air conditioning, that with the cool temp could make him very i'll.......
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Re: is something wrong!?!?!?

an occasional sneeze is probably nothing to worry about, remember birds have no hands and the beak serves instead, it's constantly getting into things and stuff gets in your nose when you stick your face everywhere. Birds also have sensetive resperatory systems and a quantity of dust that you may not even notice could trigger a sneeze...

my bird (not a 'tiel) sometimes sneezes during preening (not always, but that's when I notice it). If the sneezing is chronic, then it's time to worry. Also, remember to keep him away from non-stick cookware, (or avoid using it at all if possible) I've read that one of the early signs off teflon poisoning can be sneezing...

I'm sure others will have input too, but at this stage it seems like you probably have nothing to worry about.

65 degrees F. Should be OK for a 'tiel, but you don't want it to get much colder than 60 for extended periods. You also want to avoid cold drafts, small birds like cockatiels have very little body mass and can catch a chill quite easily. If he likes the sock, that's probably an OK thing too.

this site looks to have a bunch of good basic 'tiel info:
http://www.cockatielcottage.net/basics.html

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Old 09-03-2010, 10:20 AM
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Re: is something wrong!?!?!?

yeah, i peeked under the sheet I lay over his cage at night last night, and he was all cuddled up next to the sock. I remember hearing somewhere that small birds like something fuzzy to get next to when they're chilly.
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Re: is something wrong!?!?!?

Hello, welcome to the forum! Pleased to meet you and little Charlie. Browse around, there's plenty to learn and talk about.

As the others have said, just watch how often he does it. If it's constant, often, or very loud; then you should start to worry. Having two cockatiels myself, I can tell you that Charlie is probably normal. Perhaps something just tickled his nostrils; I've known my cockatiels to sneeze on their own dander.
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