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Old 02-24-2021, 05:12 PM
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Yes they will basically have nothing to do with the bird and it will spend most of the time in the bird room
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Old 02-24-2021, 05:26 PM
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It does get into the hvac system and clothing.
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Old 02-24-2021, 06:20 PM
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What about if I kept cleaning the room and windows open and doors closed also there is no sort of system that would cause dust to travel throughout the house. But I will keep researching into this if I ever get one it's not anytime soon need to do lots of research before.
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Old 02-24-2021, 07:04 PM
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It's hard to say, but if you look up key words like: "powder down" "asthma" "respiratory" "allergies" and "cockatiel" you will find a lot of information on how it's not the best pairing. It depends on the severity of the person in question and what their sensitivities are, but they are far dustier than parakeets.

I find my U2s dust in places she never even goes-- it covers my furnace filter and I already have 3 really nice air purifiers running 24/7. U2s are bigger, and misting can reduce it some, but you have also asked about "bird keeper's lung" and powder down birds are also more associated with that than non-powder-down birds.


You will not likely get it from a single cockatiel, but I'm concerned because I know how important allergies are to you and your family. The thing is, sensitive people can get it from a single exposure, so this really depends on extremely specific details that I do not have.


My mom is very allergic to cats. If I touch one and get near her, she starts sneezing and her eyes get red. She does not have asthma. Powder down is SO fine, can be really hard to control if you have someone with allergies and asthma in the same house, because you will not shower or wash clothes when you leave the bird room -- you will bring it with you, as will the HVAC system. At the same time,the impact depends on a person's lungs etc. A healthy person around enough powder down birds can develop respiratory issues, but not all do.


I am not telling you not to get a cockatiel-- but I am telling you that it seriously depends, and if you were concerned about budgies, I'd be more concerned about a cockatiel unless your family has spent a lot of time with powder-down birds and had no issue.

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Ok thank u so much for all the advice u have given me. Quick question if someone is immune suppressed from what I've read they are unlikely to develop new allergies because of the fact that there immunity is suppressed. So for the dust to be allergic to it u need to have an allergy to it right or is it different for cockateil dust.
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I think I will stick to linnies then or some other non dusty birds I have read that linnies are quite calm in there nature.
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No-- it's harmful even for non-allergic people in large quantities--- think about breathing in any fine powder...It's not necessarily going to harm a healthy person, but it still can. If someone has weak lungs, it is still an irritant, even if they are not specifically allergic to it...but again, just depends on how bad the situation is.

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I completely understand I'm not going to risk it if i ever do get any more birds they will be new world oily birds.
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It just depends, like I said. I have a very dusty bird and I had an "asthmatic condition" when I was young. I got her as an adult (years later) and I am okay so far, but I also am not the type to get seasonal allergies and I have never been allergic to an animal. I do think that over time (20+ years etc) that a really dusty bird can impact even a normal person (in theory--kind of like smoke or anything else). Again, it just depends--- you really would need more information from a doctor who understood birds...Maybe a seasoned CAV could advise as well.
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I will do that cause I keep seeing vedios and pictures and I fall in love with them.
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