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Old 05-16-2019, 03:13 PM
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I mostly want to know if she is healthy.

Peach is paired with an indian ringneck, and they mostly seem to get along (had them about a month).

I'm a little worried that Peach is not that healthy, or maybe she is just very old. She seems to be more active when with the IR as he nudges her around to where he wants her. She will climb on the bars and hang upside-down and flap/stretch wings, but usually sits puffed up. She makes very little noise. If I remove the IR for a while, she does not move around much at all and typically just sits on her food dish.

She will only eat seed so I want to get her diet in better shape. I'm not really sure the best way to ween her off of seed if that is what shes been eating for a long time. She seems to eat regularly and with gusto at times. Her poops look fine to me and I only saw her sneeze a few times, but not the past couple of weeks.

When she was flapping and stretching out her wings, I noticed one is missing the outer feathers and there appeared a darker spot under the feathers at the wingtip. I don't know if that is an old injury or something more recent. She seems to fly just fine.

Maybe she just needs more time to get comfortable with me and maybe I should separate her from the IR. He gets upset if I get near here and will fly back to the room to be with her, especially if he sees me go in there.
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Old 05-16-2019, 03:47 PM
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I follow a cockatiel and IRN pair on instagram they are so sweet together. I can't remember the name of them though. The hen is the cockatiel so sort of similar to yours.

Whenever acquiring new birds its always best to bring them to the vet (preferably a certified avian vet) to ensure they are healthy and give them a physical. With a general physical (touching and feeling of body) they can usually guess age, seeing if there is arthritis or inactivity can mean she is older. They can also run tests, xrays, blood tests to see if she is healthy too. The vet can also determine if she is sick as you think she may be, or just old. Some birds are perch potatoes and don't move much, but its always best to get them checked out just to be sure nothing is wrong here. The vet will also be able to look at her wing tip to see if ther eis a past injury she may be suffering from.

Her diet may contribute to her inactivity, as seeds are like Mcdonalds for birds, but luckily the pair found you so things will be turning around. You can offer all kinds of shredded/chopped veggies to them as well as sprouts (quality seed mix allowed to germinate) as well as quionea, brown rice, etc. They can also enjoy fruit but try to limit that as it has a lot of sugar and should be given more sparingly.

The best way to earn trust is with lots of patience, understanding and bribes! My female cockatiel was very fearful of hands and people when she got to me but over time as I respected her boundaries, talk to her sweetly and made sure only positive things happened when I was around (by offering her spray millet and lots of tasty treats) she has come around and now comes near me when I approach the cage. Definitely takes work but its possible!
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I once had a mature age cockatiel who point blank REFUSED to even recognise pellets as food. I tried every recommendation from my (most excellent) vet, online and by the pellet manufacturer and she pretty much would have preferred to starve to death rather than eat them! Her fellow cockatiel would happily munch away on his pellets but she was having none of it. Finally what worked for me was grinding pellets into powder in a mortar and pestle and sprinkling it over her seeds to get her accustomed to the taste. Et voila! Virtually overnight she converted over and ate them like she had been doing so all her life!
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Thanks All. I posted a short video in this thread:

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I've been trying to get a picture of when she spreads her wings. She will roll forward and hang upside-down on the cage door ledge as you see her standing there in the video. I've been thinking of adding a split tube there to make it easier for her to stand on the wire.
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Re: Everything about Peach

[QUOTE=ctwo] She will only eat seed so I want to get her diet in better shape. I'm not really sure the best way to ween her off of seed if that is what shes been eating for a long time.


Hi again ctwo, thanks for the video and pics... mango and peach are lovely.

Here's a link from our section 'Parrot Food, Recipes....' to get you started in the dietary improvement: Converting Parrots to a Healthier Diet - Tips


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Debbie
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