: If you're a TC member, you've probably already seen this thread. I've started one here in case I can get more opinions, if anyone is interested in following Allie's progress, and so others encountering liver disease in the future can learn a little from here.
For the past month, I have been in contact with an ebay classifieds seller who lives in an area close to my hometown (about 5 hours from me). She was selling 4 cockatiels, one which was a whiteface female listed as crippled and untame.
I emailed the woman and asked what exactly was wrong with the hen..I was told that she had an overgrown beak, her wings wouldn't "close up", and that her feet don't straighten. The woman was very cooperative and was slow to reply to my emails, but she did answer all my questions when she got back to me.
From the questions I asked and the information she volunteered, this whiteface hen was at about a 2-4 out of 10 body weight, she could not balance very well, and did not like other birds too much. Once isolated for a picture of the bird's poop, the woman discovered that this cockatiel was a love; she did not like to be in her cage and was just content to sit on your shoulder. I explained that the bird sounded like she had liver issues and was told that "poor diet is her choice." Whether this is true or not, I do not know.
This is Allie:
Here are a few pictures of her feet, I think they are deformed from a genetic defect or a nutritional deficiency she had as a chick while developing:
Only 2 of her nails make contact with the bars while climbing, she mainly uses her beak to steady herself and also her wings. There are spots on her wings rubbed raw because of this.
She holds her wings like this all the time:
She has liver disease; her overgrown beak, the weight loss, and also these wispy feathers show this:
Here is a post by Susanne confirming this:
I will be taking her in to the vet next week and will pull the white feathers afterwards. I will have her beak trimmed (the former owner had trimmed it twice in the past month, and not to my consent), have a cbc run so I can check her liver enzymes and uric acid levels, and have them evaluate her overall condition. I'm also going to ask for an injacom injection because her skin and nares look like she may be Vit A deficient. She weighs 87 g and is thin.
Following the vet visit, I plan to give her Milk Thistle and Dandelion extract until I can get a prescription for Lactulose. I've already given her some benebac (she also had some seed in a few of her poos), and will start her on Brewer's yeast and Beta Carotene soon.
I named her Allie.
It is her first name and she is estimated to be around 6 years old.