27
Jul

Avian First Aid: Signs of Illness

Your bird is telling you when it doesn’t feel good.  Here are some signs that tell you your avian pet is ill.

Signs of illness

  • bleeding
  • change in droppings
  • changes in routine and habits
  • changes in water consumption
  • decreased activity
  • decrease in preening activity
  • dehydration
  • diarrhea
  • difficulty breathing
  • discharge from nose
  • eyes closed
  • feather destructive behaviors
  • feathers fluffed
  • feathers lost and not replaced
  • frequent flicking of the head
  • frequent sneezing
  • inactivity
  • lameness
  • low or horizontal posture on perch
  • noisy breathing
  • not eating or drinking
  • not talking or vocalizing
  • perching with neck extended and beak grasping wire of cage
  • polyuria
  • regression/pediatric behavior
  • remaining at bottom of cage
  • seizures
  • self mutilation
  • soiled or pasted vent
  • swelling
  • tail bobbing with each breath
  • vomiting/regurgitation (matted feathers on top of head)
  • weakness/lethargy
  • weight loss
  • wounds
  • wing droop
  • no signs at all

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