I would like to hear some theories on what could be wrong with my cockatiel, Pebbles. He is 8 years old, and about two months ago he started to squeak with every breath for about a minute every night. I took him to the vet when it first started, but he was not making the noise while there and when the vet tried to listen to him breathing he decided the stethoscope was trying to eat him so he started struggling and screaming. So she couldn't work out whats wrong. Tonight he stared squeaking with every breath out, and wheezing every breath in. His beak wide open. He has been going for.... 2 hours now. It's 9:30pm. When I got home my parents told me to "shut him up" because he's been doing it for 15 minutes already. I got angry at them for not noticing his obvious distress. I tried turning him upside down for a second in an effort to dislodge something if there was anything in his throat. No change, so I took him into the bathroom and put the shower on hot hoping the steam would help him. We normally have a shower together every morning, and he tried to do his usual dance in front of the mirror, preened himself, tried to sing with me, also begging for my to pour water on his back (I didn't because I didn't want him to go to bed wet). So he is still happy so I don't believe he's in pain. The steam must have worked somewhat because he's stopped wheezing, just squeaking. I video taped him to show the vet. I don't know what else to do, I hope he lives through the night. I've out him in the spare room with the heater on so it's extra dark to calm him. If he's still squeaking in the morning I'm taking him to the vet, screw work. Don't think I'll be sleeping tonight anyway.... Anyone know what this could be or how I can help him until I can get him to the pros?! Why must these things always happen when the vets are closed?!?!?!?!?!?