Why Is Our Elenora Cockatoo Losing So Much Weight?

Jane M. is concerned,

 

Our Elenora cockatoo is 24 yrs old.

 

Hailey has lost 27 grams in one week.

 

Editors note ~ the species Elenora cockatoo weigh an average of 475 g, cockatiels weigh about 100g for comparison. Endnote

 

We weigh her weekly.

 

She’s really not eating and if she does, it’s only a few bites.

 

She’s gone without eating before, but she’ll always start back up again.

 

She’s always been a very picky eater since she was small.

 

I feel I should call our vet and have her check her out, but I wanted to ask you what you think.

 

 

Dear Jane

YES! Call your vet, do not delay! Let us know what they say. Praying for your bird.

 

Catherine, I just wanted to let you know that we took Hailey to the vet and they couldn’t find anything wrong with her but they did agree she was much less in weight than they would like. 

 

They think that when we got to the end of her seed bag there might have been some fungus in it because she wasn’t eating it.  

 

When we threw the rest of that away and opened up a new bag she started to eat the new one. 

 

She is eating pretty well now and has gained some weight back. 

 

I really enjoy the birdie brunch from you guys

 

Thank you for letting us know Jane. 

 

Regards

Catherine

Mitch Rezman

He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they visited monthly birdie brunches in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground. Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care. He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis. He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.

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