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I'm thinking about adopting a blind cockatiel- it had been surrendered with 4 others a few months ago, and is the only one that been there for the longest time. One problem. I cant find anywhere that gives tips to owning a blind bird. If anyone can give me suggestions, facts, tips, etc that would be great. Thanks!
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Re: Blind Cockatiel care?

Taking on the care of a Parrot, which has been Blind from hatch or has become blind is a very noble task. It is first important to determine whether this is a hatching defect, a past or continuing ill, or a past or recent injury. That will require a visit to a Certified Avian Vet.

Information on working with 'Handicapped' or 'Disabled' Parrots can be found by Web Searching Parrots (or Birds): Caring for Handicapped Parrots (or Birds) and also, Caring for Disabled Parrots (or Birds).

The goal is to provide 'announcements' words that you're are coming and anytime you're around or leaving. Staying in communication with your Parrot! Contact calls are very important to Social Parrots and in the case of a Blind Parrot or Bird is extremely important.

Setting-up their World. A Blind Parrot needs a very stable World around them in both your communications with them and those things they need to interaction, like food and water dishes and perches.

Maximize single level living. Although 3D chest is mentally enjoyable to some Humans. A 3D life quickly becomes difficult for a Blind Parrot.

FYI: Please keep us updated as part of this Wonderful Undertaking!

The love returned from your Cockatiel will make it all worthwhile.

More available if needed. Enjoy!
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Re: Blind Cockatiel care?

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I'm thinking about adopting a blind cockatiel- it had been surrendered with 4 others a few months ago, and is the only one that been there for the longest time. One problem. I cant find anywhere that gives tips to owning a blind bird. If anyone can give me suggestions, facts, tips, etc that would be great. Thanks!
You have taken on a very noble task! I don't think I am qualified to advice; the closest I have come is to having a budgie with poor vision in the left eye due to a bad mite infestation. I had to isolate the budgie from the rest of the flock because it couldn't handle the competition. But it was otherwise very fit. Just a bit slow.

Best of luck with your noble endeavour.

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Re: Blind Cockatiel care?

Hmm. I would think keeping the bird clipped would be in this case absolutely required for safety.

I vote go for it honestly. You'll learn best from the bird themself how to care for them. please do keep us updated.

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I have to hope you adopt this darling. I'm so moved by your kindness and humanity. You'll be my hero!
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Re: Blind Cockatiel care?

Barrythebird- It is great that you are considering this.

Have you had birds before? If not, there is a ton to know about behavior, as well as, hormones, dangerous household fumes,harmful cleaners/scented products and off-gassing appliances (PTFE/PFOA/Teflon etc).

The fact that your potential bird is blind is a complication on top of many others. However, if you are already well-acquainted with bird husbandry, then life will be challenging, but less so compared to a first-time care-taker. I have never owned a bird that was blind, but birds in general are complicated, so all I can say is that previous experiences with owning birds would make things a bit easier...That having been said, all birds are challenging, so a blind one may not actually be that much worse...not sure.

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