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So Reptar is a healthy son of a gun. Eats his fruits and veggies like a champ every day, eats mostly pellets with some seed, yada yada yada yada. It's a varied and pretty solid diet. Never had any health concerns with him at all, never had a reason to even be concerned. He acts the same every day, hasn't changed in the recent weeks, and still seems to be in perfect health. His poop hasn't changed in any way, still eats the same. Nothing has changed.
I've never had any health issues in my birds in the seven years that I had them until I lost a cockatiel a few weeks back in a really bloody, awful and deadly affair with a prolapsed cloaca. Even if there wasn't much I could have done, and even though we honestly literally did everything possible to save her, it has pretty much left me very scared about minor things and any possible health concern. So something that even seems ignorable as this is kind of terrifying in the worst stomach-dropping way. He seems healthy otherwise. But Mango did too, up until it all went down, so pardon me for being antsy.
He keeps gagging, basically, maybe once in a day, not often at all. Liiike, imagine a mother hen feeding her chicks. That kind of rapid up and down head bobbing movement like they are trying to regurgitate something. He never ever throws up, I know what that looks like i birds with shaking their heads side to side and having seeds spray out. This is different. But it isn't like a natural head bob either, where he's sitting still and just does it out of no where likes my cockatiels. He basically lowers his head to his feet and started bobbing his head back and forth like he's trying to dislodge something stuck but nothing ever comes out and he goes back to normal within less than a minute. It's all very short and never lasts long. Just seems so odd to me.
Is this dangerous/bad/a warning sign of something? I can take him to the vet if really needed, but as a girl out of college for the time being and trying not to rely on parents, its something I would prefer to avoid if I'm just being weird about his behavior. If a vet check is needed, my parents support it in the best way and it would be worked out no questions asked. Its just not something I've ever seen my cockatiels do and being new to the more parrot types, I'm just not sure where to step here. Any help, opinions or just regular comments are appreciated. Mostly just want to know if my worry is justified.
lindsay, owned by three conures
six tiels, two dogs & two tortoises