Pipi – Cockatiel

  • Male
  • 10-15 years old
  • Cockatiel
  • Arrived 7th January, 2021
  • Fostered in Macclesfield

Our very special feathered friend Pipi came into our care when a relative of the owner contacted us because the owner had gone into permanent care. The only information we could glean was: no name, age or sex was known and that (see before photos) this bird has always lived in this cage situated in the ceiling of an outbuilding attached to the house. On his own, in solitary confinement, no human company and no company of his own species. Simply heartbreaking.

He is now named Pipi and we believe the owner had him for 10-15 years. Not long after he arrived into foster we established he couldn’t fly. This is very sad; we set up a huge cage with plenty to do, hoping he could spread his wings and fly but alas this was not the case.  He had his health check at the avian vets in Nantwich. He was put on some medication as he had mild inflammation of nostrils/conjunctiva. He has a historically amputated right wing tip and, on the left, angel wing. We did a faecal test for chlamydia which was negative. He also was given a bath as his bottom and long tail were encrusted with poo.

Update 27th February : Pipi is now ready for adoption. Some of Pipi’s feathers have grown back, he doesn’t have a crusty bottom any more. Neither does He have a crusty beak any more and is bright-eyed and chirpy. He can’t sing but he chirps! Pipi was a very traumatised bird, he still does not like his space invaded and will try to see you off with a hiss! But he is so happy in his own little world and he loves company, he loves it when you talk to him, he likes the radio, he likes it when you sit near the cage, he likes you to whistle and chat.

Requirements: He will need a special cage with horizontal bars (he climbs the cage to get around) or see attached as examples of what is expected E.g.  Large one level enclosure (waist level). The other example; the cage is not suitable as it has vertical bars but the content is perfect – lots of wide perches and ledges. Also, a soft/cushioned base. Absolutely no pets or children-he’s too scared. We wouldn’t rule out Pipi residing next to other birds for company. When we mean no pets it’s cats and dogs. We can’t risk him going in with other birds as he could be bullied quite badly.

Once home, he’ll need to be situated in the main hub of the home with his human. A nice quiet home so he can just relax and be happy. Maybe one day you can work some magic and he’ll let you stroke him, maybe one day he’ll have the courage to let you in? But until then you’ll need bags of patience and understanding and don’t be disappointed if he doesn’t change.


If you’d be interested in sharing your home with a new companion, please contact our Rehoming Co-ordinator on rehoming@rspca-macclesfield.org.uk or leave a message on 01625 669620

Log no. 7/1/21 Pipi

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