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Indications of illness

I thought that it may help if I made a thread of some signs that your bird may be ill. As most of us know, many animals (mostly birds!) are very good at hiding their problems but if you're observant you may spot some of these things...

  • excessive sleeping - an ill parrot may sleep too much, especially during the day. Sleeping on the bottom of the cage is a particularly significant symptom. Look for any odd changes in your birds sleeping pattern
  • sleeping on two feet - a well parrot usually sleeps on only one food and the other foot drawn into its belly (so you can't really see it)
  • looking fluffed up - usually, a fluffed up parrot will be trying to maintain his high body temperature and fight off an illness. Before this becomes a problem, check the room temperature first, he may just be too cold
  • loss of appetite - you should know what types of food and how much food your bird eats in a day, if you notice they're not eating or eating far less than usual then there could be an illness present
  • change in attitude - if your bird seems listless and is not behaving normally or has become very cranky or limp then it would be best to call an avian veterinarian
  • lameness - if they can't use their feet or hold their head up then something is very wrong
  • panting or labored breathing - this could show signs of a respiratory illness or over heating
  • discharge - if you notice runniness or discharge of the eyes, nares or vent then the bird may be ill
  • change in droppings
  • debris around the face or on feathers - indicates poor grooming or vomiting, a potential sign
  • bobbing tail - a bird sitting on a perch panting will have a bobbing tail, as said before, a sign of respiratory illnesses
  • messy vent - if the birds vent is crusty or damp with fecal material there's a problem

I hope this helps a little bit guys, it's not much but it's helped me a lot!

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