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Hello! This is what my cockatiel looks like… it’s a boy and we got him from a pet store. The pet store’s conditions were horrible, they fed the cockatiels with seeds in bulk that probably lead to bacteria… The people there’s told me “the parrots are just fighting with each other that’s why they look like that” but I didn’t believe it. I bought two cockatiels and the other one was even worse in condition and the vet told me that it couldn’t be saved. My cockatiel died and now I have my boy here. He’s a little bit better, he’s lively and energetic he eats a lot and he’s singing all day. However it’s been almost a year since he came home, he’s supposed to be more than 1 year old now and his feathers are always ragged, they don’t grow, when they fall they look ragged even the shaft of the feather just looks bad, from the moment they start growing until they fall out they just don’t look healthy. I thought it’s some bacteria or virus and one of the vets we went to said that he has some kind of sickness that makes his feathers grow ragged and unhealthy. However although we did what we were told he’s not getting any better in terms of appearance… I read all the time that I should wait until they start “moulting” but I don’t think thats true because he’s old enough, I’ve been waiting from him to “moult” and finally start growing feathers but nothing’s happening. You can see the difference between a healthy feather and his feather. I’mgonna continue going to the vet and taking care of his diet but if somebody has had such experience please share with me!
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Take them to the vet immediately! Also, pet store's never seem to have very good conditions. The workers there are more likely to just do a half good job for money, then giving their all and not really being paid very well for it. I have got a bird from the pet store, and sadly it had not been weened properly (very young but they didn't tell me that) and I didn't realise this and it starved to death :(
Also, last time I went to the pet store their was five green cheek conures in a cage just a tiny bit bigger then a budgie cage! It had one flat perch, and they were all visibly distressed.
 

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View attachment 94689 Hello! This is what my cockatiel looks like… it’s a boy and we got him from a pet store. The pet store’s conditions were horrible, they fed the cockatiels with seeds in bulk that probably lead to bacteria… The people there’s told me “the parrots are just fighting with each other that’s why they look like that” but I didn’t believe it. I bought two cockatiels and the other one was even worse in condition and the vet told me that it couldn’t be saved. My cockatiel died and now I have my boy here. He’s a little bit better, he’s lively and energetic he eats a lot and he’s singing all day. However it’s been almost a year since he came home, he’s supposed to be more than 1 year old now and his feathers are always ragged, they don’t grow, when they fall they look ragged even the shaft of the feather just looks bad, from the moment they start growing until they fall out they just don’t look healthy. I thought it’s some bacteria or virus and one of the vets we went to said that he has some kind of sickness that makes his feathers grow ragged and unhealthy. However although we did what we were told he’s not getting any better in terms of appearance… I read all the time that I should wait until they start “moulting” but I don’t think thats true because he’s old enough, I’ve been waiting from him to “moult” and finally start growing feathers but nothing’s happening. You can see the difference between a healthy feather and his feather. I’mgonna continue going to the vet and taking care of his diet but if somebody has had such experience please share with me!
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View attachment 94689 Hello! This is what my cockatiel looks like… it’s a boy and we got him from a pet store. The pet store’s conditions were horrible, they fed the cockatiels with seeds in bulk that probably lead to bacteria… The people there’s told me “the parrots are just fighting with each other that’s why they look like that” but I didn’t believe it. I bought two cockatiels and the other one was even worse in condition and the vet told me that it couldn’t be saved. My cockatiel died and now I have my boy here. He’s a little bit better, he’s lively and energetic he eats a lot and he’s singing all day. However it’s been almost a year since he came home, he’s supposed to be more than 1 year old now and his feathers are always ragged, they don’t grow, when they fall they look ragged even the shaft of the feather just looks bad, from the moment they start growing until they fall out they just don’t look healthy. I thought it’s some bacteria or virus and one of the vets we went to said that he has some kind of sickness that makes his feathers grow ragged and unhealthy. However although we did what we were told he’s not getting any better in terms of appearance… I read all the time that I should wait until they start “moulting” but I don’t think thats true because he’s old enough, I’ve been waiting from him to “moult” and finally start growing feathers but nothing’s happening. You can see the difference between a healthy feather and his feather. I’mgonna continue going to the vet and taking care of his diet but if somebody has had such experience please share with me!
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Could be liver issue it would not hurt to give him some dandelion root powder mix it in his veggies or a little fruit.
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I don't think it's due to pet's store conditions ... I do have exactly the same issue with two of my cockatiels who were born in my house, I do have more than 15 cockatiels and just two are in a state exactly like the one in the picture ... and I'm still waiting for someone who have met this issue and found the right solution ...
 
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