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Hello.
My 2 years old cockatiel is losing weight from 85g to 65g within several months. He seems weak and sleepy most of the time. Drooping tail, puff up feathers and occasional shivering was about a few weeks ago. When he came here, he was vocal and active everyday. He is now less vocal for several months. He hates bathing. But he eats normally and regularly (not decrease appetite). I feed him Roudybush pellets daily maintenance everyday. He likes steamed rice and corn a lot. He has behavior of picking particles on the ground. His poop becomes less urine but faeces and urates are normal.

Since there is no avian vet or any vet for birds here in my country, I have to find the problems online. I have read several articles.

This is the 3rd day of amoxicillin 150mg/kg per oral b.d. But I think this is not the correct antibiotics. After reading some diseases
Any further management suggested?
Any differential diagnosis? (I suspect Giardiasis, Chlamydiosis, PDD)
 

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Hi how is your cockatiel doing?

Sorry I'm not an expert but I have had some health issues with my cockatiel so can share my experience

Are you feeding your cockatiel fresh vegetables?

I had taken my cockatiel to an avian vet but after giving me antibiotics it didn't help. Actually he got worse and later after visiting the vet he got an eye infection. Blood test revealed low kidney and liver function and the vet just advised me to monitor and change diet.

But maybe you could try some different diet and suppliments until you are able to get a proper diagnosis

My cockatiels always avoided any veg or fruit but recently I found that they would eat spinach leaves only. I have also been changing their water twice a day and every other day adding vitamin drops to the water. I only give them boiled water now to drink but change once cooled down. They also like the pink iodine block and cuttle fish bone. I didn't change their normals seeds in case they stop eating but just added all the above

I also added Harrison's Hugh potency pellets but my birds refuse to touch it until I grinded the pellets and sprinkled it over there food.

I have noticed improvement in my cockatiel health but still wasn't sure what had happened. And he also suffered from weight loss but only as low as your cockatiel.
 

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Hi. Thank you for sharing your experience. Mine was passed away last 2 days ago. :frown: I gave some antibiotics but I didn't get the diagnosis.

I fed them Roudybush pellets only. I stopped feeding seeds anymore except millet spray as treats. That brands say that no other supplement is not needed.

Changing diet is difficult. You just need one time to be successful. You can try stopping seed diets until they eat the pellets. It won't last a day. If gradual changes doesn't not work, that method is the best I guess.
 

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I am so sorry to hear your bird passed away! Without an avian vet it would be very hard to self-diagnose. I know you did your best, but it is so hard to lose our little feathered friends! I hope you can get another one sometime. I lost a cockatiel to cancer several years ago. Some things even an avian vet can't help! That was so hard. I'd had her for 13 years! At first I didn't want to get another one, but I missed her too much! Then I got Benny and he is my new best bud! I have had him for over 6 years now. Best wishes to you.
 
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