On Monday our beloved cockatiel got up on top of a door when I was closing it. I am not sure whether he just got whacked or whether his head actually got pinched by the door, but he fell on the floor upside down, wings flapping.
We scooped him up and took him to the (avian) vet. The vet gave him a shot of pednisone (anti-inflamatory steroid), wrapped him rather tightly in a paper towel (to keep him from trying to flap his wings) and put him in an incubator for about 24 hours, with ocasional fluids and kaytee exact in a syringe.
The next day, they told us that that they couldn't do anything for him that we couldn't do so we got him set up at home in a small fishtank with towels, a fishtank airexchanger and humidifier and a heating pad. (We have a thermostat/hydrogymeter inside that reads between 75-80 F and between 35-40% humidity. We have him in that, with the same paper towel wrap and the vet gave us some prednisone in liquid form which we give him twice a day.
He has no apparent broken bones. His feet, legs and wings are all working. His balance is off though, pretty seriously. He seems ok if he is laid on his left side in the fishtank or while being held, which seems to relax him. His chewing instinct is still good as he works on the papertowel and we've put some straw toys in there for him to chew on. He also has a bit of a shiner on his right eye which got puffier today. The eyes seem to be functioning all right, they track with eachother (as much as they ever did) and he blinks normally.

Feeding him is a bit of a struggle as he doesn't like the syringe. We've been trying to get him to eat 2ccs of exact 3 times a day. Also he'll take a little bit of petamine and millet from the hand. When presented with food, he sometimes reacts enthusiastically but then doesn't seem to actually eat that much.
Another problem we have is the "birdie burrito." He doesn't like being wrapped up in a paper towel and tries (and often succeeds) in wiggling out. Not only is he not restrained, which is bad, but he spends his limited energies on getting out and sometimes ends up on his back or in some other uncomfortable position, exhausted.
I know there are wildlife rehabbers and people who've had experience nursing sick birds on this list. If any of you can share your experience/knowlege, I'd be much obliged.
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I am so so sorry to hear about your mishap and you obviously love your Tiel a lot. I don't have any advice of my own but I suggest you also post on a forum such as birboard.com. A lot of experts hang out there and it is free to join. I hope he/she is going to be OK. They have many general categories and categories for specific birds. Go to the link below if you are interested. Steve
http://www.birdboard.com /
http://www.birdboard.com/forum /
Thanks for the suggestion. I posted in the expert forum.
Another problem we have is the "birdie burrito." He doesn't like being wrapped up in a paper towel and tries ... his limited energies on getting out and sometimes ends up on his back or in some other uncomfortable position, exhausted.

Do you know why the vet wrapped him? If he were left unwrapped, what would his behavior be?
Since the vet turned his care back over to you, I think I'd use my best judgment by his behavior as to how to deal with the wrap.

If it is to keep him from hurting himself, does he in the aquarium? If so, is there another way to keep that from happening such as a rolled towel around the perimeter as a bumper?
I hope he recovers. I'm very sorry.

Sincerely,
Joanne
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He has no apparent broken bones. His feet, legs and wings are all working. His balance is off though, pretty ... seem to be functioning all right, they track with eachother (as much as they ever did) and he blinks normally.

If there are no broken bones, why is he being wrapped?? Poor thing. I'd protect him in the aquarium and let him get up as possible and desired. He won't regain his strength and balance laying around all day!!!
I'm not a vet, but with human patients, complete immobility is rarely a good idea.
Becky
Another problem we have is the "birdie burrito." He doesn't like being wrapped up in a paper towel and tries ... had experience nursing sick birds on this list. If any of you can share your experience/knowlege, I'd be much obliged.

A few thoughts, here. I would try to get some mannitol, as this reduces brain swelling in blunt trauma. Talk to the vet about this. http://www.cochrane.org/reviews/en/ab001049.html
Try putting him in a basket, surrounded with paper towel, or you could try putting him in a sock. Confining the bird too much will impair the movement of the air sacs.
I would also add brewer's yeast and calcium.
Good luck.
Regards
Another problem we have is the "birdie burrito." He doesn't like being wrapped up in a paper towel and tries ... had experience nursing sick birds on this list. If any of you can share your experience/knowlege, I'd be much obliged.

A few thoughts, here. I would try to get some mannitol, as this reduces brain swelling in blunt trauma. Talk to the vet about this. http://www.cochrane.org/reviews/en/ab001049.html
Try putting him in a basket, surrounded with paper towel, or you could try putting him in a sock. Confining the bird too much will impair the movement of the air sacs.
I would also add brewer's yeast and calcium.
Good luck.
Regards
Thanks for all your help. I'm sorry to report that our little buddy died yesterday. I think one of the reasons he seemed better at first was because he was in such good health but as time wore on, he wasn't able to breath properly or eat, despite our best efforts to make him comfortable. I think he had a spinal or neck injury, that was too severe. He didn't seem to be in pain, just debilitated. Hopefully this thread will help someone else.
Thanks for all your help. I'm sorry to report that our little buddy died yesterday. I think one of the ... that was too severe. He didn't seem to be in pain, just debilitated. Hopefully this thread will help someone else.

I'm very sorry.
Our fragile little companions are at risk in so many ways. It is a huge responsibility to keep a bird, or any pet for that matter.

Thank you for the renewed call to vigilance.

Sincerely,
Joanne
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