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Hi everyone! I am happy to be part of great community and lovers of cockatiels! I am Jessica, with a sweet cockatiel "Keke". I am new to rearing cockatiels and would greatly appreciate all your advise on raising this baby girl/boy(no idea) to be the happiest birdie. it happened to crash land :) into my son's home garden one morning about 2+ weeks ago, amidst an attack by crows...sad! and glad my son and wife were at home to its rescue. they already have 13 cats and five bunnies under their care and lol this birdie scared away all the cats with a high pitched screech and hissing that made the cats runs for their life.
the crow attack had left a bit of a damage to this babe's left foot. however, once placed in a cat travel basket it had placed its foot in the water bowl by himself. this had made it hop around better.
after 1 week I took over as I am at home for some time and needed to give this babe better space and care to live better. we got keke in a bigger space (cage on stands and 4feet x 3.5ftx 3.5ft height) started eating seed and also some broccoli which gave it energy and it screeched and flew across the cage giving us all much joy!!! wow! and almost daily keke has seeds and I pick tender spinach which keke loves to nibble at, i leave spinach in a teeny bowl with a bit of water so ts fresh the whole day through.
However, I am unable now to touch keke to take it out to see a vet. the foot does not heal and keke tries climbing with the support of the beak. please tell me if i can apply fusibact oinment/Fusidic acid cream BP(will have to try hard). appreciate all your guidance. please excuse my looooong message. kindest regards, Jessica
 

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Hi Jessica! :) Keke sounds like quite the character! I am so glad that your lovely family rescued him/her and are so committed to giving him/her a good home! I have tons of animals myself, I just can't get enough of them! :D

I'm sorry to hear about what happened to Keke's foot. What does it look like now? I highly recommend you bring Keke to a vet to avoid the risk of further complications. You can try to grab Keke with a towel and wrap him/her up like that. This will also help to keep him/her calm. If that does not work, put a smaller cage in Keke's cage and see if he/she goes in. If he/she goes in, quickly close the cage to trap your baby.

Good luck! Keep us updated on what happens and feel free to message me if you need any more help or if you want to chat. :D
 

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Hello there and welcome to the forum!

I second flowertiel's advice as your baby Keke needs to be checked out immediately to rule out an infection. Please keep us posted on Keke's progress!
 

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Welcome from me and my little flock :)
I also strongly suggest quickly bringing Keke to a vet that knows birds - infections can rapidly kill a bird and the bird might seem basically ok until it can't put on a good appearance when the illness/infection gets too far along.
 

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Hi Jessica! :) Keke sounds like quite the character! I am so glad that your lovely family rescued him/her and are so committed to giving him/her a good home! I have tons of animals myself, I just can't get enough of them! :D

I'm sorry to hear about what happened to Keke's foot. What does it look like now? I highly recommend you bring Keke to a vet to avoid the risk of further complications. You can try to grab Keke with a towel and wrap him/her up like that. This will also help to keep him/her calm. If that does not work, put a smaller cage in Keke's cage and see if he/she goes in. If he/she goes in, quickly close the cage to trap your baby.

Good luck! Keep us updated on what happens and feel free to message me if you need any more help or if you want to chat. :D
Hi (Flowertiel?) and thanks for your response.Been busy with KEKE and loving every bit of it. KEKE is such a cutie. so I'm practising patience...as I really wish I could cuddle her/him like I do with my other pets :)but keke loves it when i slowly blow at her crest and feathers...

On keke's foot, I contacted a rehab center for birds and the doctor advised me to apply betadine or the antibiotic cream on to the wound. i am to watch keke closely and report if it has a weight bearing issue. He also advised on vitamins and the suitable diet for keke. No baths for a while. I was so thankful to this lovely doctor who gave his time on the phone with no hesitation and no charge. Advised that I bring keke if I am unable to get the foot to heal. So in faith I treat keke.
Thanks again!:pied:
 

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Hello there and welcome to the forum!

I second flowertiel's advice as your baby Keke needs to be checked out immediately to rule out an infection. Please keep us posted on Keke's progress!
Hi Thank you so much Vikitiel!

Yes, you may have seen my response to flowertiel.
Though there is no infection or open wound, I have applied with great difficulty the antibiotic cream on to keke's foot. However, I will watch and try the towel wrap advise by flowertiel in taking keke ou of the cage in to a smaller nest to transport her to the rehab for treatment.

Thanks again. I am so happy to be part of a very lively and concerned community.:pied:
 

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Welcome from me and my little flock :)
I also strongly suggest quickly bringing Keke to a vet that knows birds - infections can rapidly kill a bird and the bird might seem basically ok until it can't put on a good appearance when the illness/infection gets too far along.
Hi Tielbob! its lovely to communicate this way. Thanks very much for your advise. yes, I will treat keke few days with the antibiotic cream as well as administer the vitamins prescribed by the rehab doctor. its a pity that we do not have such specialised doctors closer to home hence my consultation was over the phone. I will have to follow flowertiel's advise in placing a cloth/towel in taking keke out of the cage to transport to the rehab. I am hopeful that keke will recover soon.

How do you know if keke is male or female? you mentioned few female names for your 'tiels . i would love to bring in a companion for keke once the foot is healed. need to check keke's gender first.

thanks again and love to all your little friends!
 

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Hopefully little Keke's foot will heal with the help of the cream. Their skin actually heals surprisingly fast with the right treatment.

If you need help with sexing Keke you could upload a photo and we may be able to visually sex him/her. Some cockatiel mutations are pretty much impossible to sex without a DNA test though. Age is also an important factor in visual sexing - if Keke is immature you may have to wait until he molts to be able to tell his/her sex. You can easily tell males from females by behaviour if they are old enough - does Keke sing or whistle tunes at all?
 

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Any update on how Keke is doing? :) I hope Keke is starting to feel better! I know what you mean about wanting to just cuddle him/her, I always want to cuddle my pets hehe. :love:

Like Vickitiel said, we could try and help you sex him/her, but it's not always easy. This album is a visual guide to sexing cockatiel and it's pretty cool. Just look for your Keke's colour mutation to get some tips on how to sex him/her. It's also good for future reference. :)
 

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Hopefully little Keke's foot will heal with the help of the cream. Their skin actually heals surprisingly fast with the right treatment.

If you need help with sexing Keke you could upload a photo and we may be able to visually sex him/her. Some cockatiel mutations are impossible to sex without a DNA test though. Age is also an important factor in visual sexing - if Keke is immature you may have to wait until he molts to be able to tell his/her sex. You can easily tell males from females by behaviour if they are old enough - does Keke sing or whistle tunes at all?
Hi Vikitiel! Thanks for your concern. Keke's foot is healed well and improved very much. Yet, I'm worried since keke cannot fully grab on to the few bars we have placed for perching with this foot. But Keke moves quite fast in its cage now and flies from one side to the other repeatedly and non-stop chatter and yes, of course, whistling he he he. especially during morning hours. we have fixed a small palnk for resting and keke sleeps on it during night.
Keke seems small compared to my friend's cockatiels and guess kekeis still a baby of about 2months. so we will wait to check on the gender in a few months time since nothings visible now :)
keke was shown to the local vet as we noticed that the feather pecking was too much as Keke kept using its head to itch under its feathers and eventually lost a bot of head feathers (don't know what that's called). we have also fixed a small fan on to the cage to cool down Keke throughout the hot daytime as its very warm here in Sri Lanka. the vet did treat Keke by applying a transparent solution which was repeated after 3days(with great difficulty) we have also started adding the vita stress and in Keke's drinking water. so hoping that keke will fully recover from its feet movements and stress condition soon.

Thanks so much!
I do have pics and videos on my WhatsApp however i need to transfer some on tomy pc and then share some with all of you!
Wow im so glad im part of this TC forum! blessings to all!
 

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Any update on how Keke is doing? :) I hope Keke is starting to feel better! I know what you mean about wanting to just cuddle him/her, I always want to cuddle my pets hehe. :love:

Like Vickitiel said, we could try and help you sex him/her, but it's not always easy. This album is a visual guide to sexing cockatiel and it's pretty cool. Just look for your Keke's colour mutation to get some tips on how to sex him/her. It's also good for future reference. :)
Hi Flowertiel!

Thanks very much. hope you will see my long update to vikietiel on keke.
I really want to kiss this little one as I did with my friend's tiel Roger boy. 8months old Roger boy was a treat with kisses after kisses and I am longing to see my Keke grow up to be that happy or even happier.
thanks for the album on sexing and will go through all tomorrow morning for sure. Will have some photos uploaded soon.
God's blessings to all of you!
 

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That's great to hear your little Keke is improving! The plank perch is a great idea, I was about to suggest that, it gives their feet a break from regular perches. My flock love the flat plank perches too.

With the fan, just make sure it's on a low setting and isn't blowing directly onto Keke. They don't seem to like breezes. What is the temperature in your area at the moment? If anything it would do Keke good to be kept warmer than usual while he is healing. Cockatiels can tolerate heat well and you will know if he is overheating as they open their beak and pant. If you are worried about him overheating you can gently mist him with some water in a spray bottle.

Looking forward to seeing some pictures of Keke! :)
 

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Hi Jessica,

Am from Sri Lanka too, Happy to see a fellow Sri Lankan who loves cockatiels.
Hope and pray Keke recovers soon. He/She must be very lucky to find your house as a shelter.
Am happy that you were able to find a larger bird cage as i couldn't find myself one and later i made a cage by my self.
From where did you buy the bird cage?

Hope to see you around this forum. have fun with your keke...
 

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I'm glad Keke is improving and hope he/she will be healed soon :)
 
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