I went in to my cockatiel this evening and his right eye looked weird. I leaned in closer and... for lack of a better way to put it, it looks like the insides of his eye, the conjunctiva (?) have swollen up and are now partially covering his eyeball. The swollen flesh covering the eye looks the color of old blood and is wrinkled, probably due to drying out. He's surely partially blind in that eye with it in that condition. I have no clue whatsoever how this happened and just now noticed it. He hasn't sustained any injury I'm aware of.
Bad part about this is, I can't take him to the vet for two weeks! I don't have the money to do it. Emotion: sad Emotion: sad Emotion: sad Vets where I live see the animals on a cash-per-visit basis and there's no hope of going and not paying the bill immediately.

Has anyone seen anything similar to this in one of their birds? And if so, is there anything I can do to make this little guy comfortable until I can get him medical care? It must be horribly painful.
~very worried bird owner who is now wringing her hands
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I went in to my cockatiel this evening and his right eye looked weird. I leaned in closer and... for ... can get him medical care? It must be horribly painful. ~very worried bird owner who is now wringing her hands

Borrow the money to take care of your animal now.

Sincerely,
Joanne
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I went in to my cockatiel this evening and his right eye looked weird. I leaned in closer and... for ... can get him medical care? It must be horribly painful. ~very worried bird owner who is now wringing her hands

Either take him to the vet NOW, or give him to someone else who will either care for him or kill him humanly. Letting him suffer for weeks is cruel. You are not going to find some "magic cure" here for free. If you are un willing to care for a pet, do not have one.

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Borrow the money to take care of your animal now.

I'm going to call today and see if I can work something out. If I can't delay payment I'm going to take him in anyway.
Either take him to the vet NOW, or give him to someone else who will either care for him or ... some "magic cure" here for free. If you are un willing to care for a pet, do not have one.

I'm not "looking for some "magic cure" for free". I have two children depending on me and it happened this month I am very short. I was faced with the choice of paying a $50+ vet bill or spending that money on groceries for my children. I am alone, I don't have anyone I can borrow from, this is my first bird, I have *no* experience with cockatiels and I came here for advice.
Evidently this isn't the group for advice, it's the one giving lighting-quick uninformed judgements on character. Thanks for nothing. I'll take the bird to the vet and in future I'll look elsewhere for help.
Borrow the money to take care of your animal now.

I'm going to call today and see if I can work something out. If I can't delay payment I'm going to take him in anyway.

I think that's smart. I can't imagine a vet turning you away as you stand there with an animal in distress.
Just like other emergencies, they never seem to occur when we're ready for them.
Please let us know what the vet's diagnosis is. It doesn't sound like anything I've ever read about.

Sincerely,
Joanne
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Either take him to the vet NOW, or give him ... willing to care for a pet, do not have one.

I'm not "looking for some "magic cure" for free". I have two children depending on me and it happened this ... on character. Thanks for nothing. I'll take the bird to the vet and in future I'll look elsewhere for help.

The answer is very simple, you just do not like to hear it. You need to get rid of the pet as you can not afford one. Give the bird to a shelter. You have children, you do not need a pet you have no money for.
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Please let us know what the vet's diagnosis is. It doesn't sound like anything I've ever read about.

Sounds like cunjunctivitis, or less liklely sinusitis (no nasal discharge mentioned). In any case it should be evaluated and treated professionally. Sinusitis can develop into a lower respiratory infection rather quickly (or can be chronic), while conjunctivitis can be contagious to humans, especially if caused by chlamydia.
Either take him to the vet NOW, or give him ... unwilling to care for a pet, do not have one.

I'm not "looking for some "magic cure" for free". I have two children depending on me and it happened this ... on character. Thanks for nothing. I'll take the bird to the vet and in future I'll look elsewhere for help.

Please don't leave the group. Some people can be very harsh, but most will try to help if they can.
Can you contact a cagebird club? Members are usually glad to help.

How do the children relate to the bird? Some people here seem to have forgotten that their feeling may be involved, too.

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