When it comes to knowing when your bird is sick, some bird-owners might not know what to expect. Making daily observations of your bird’s everyday behavior
can help you to know when something is irregular with your bird’s health.
When birds are sick or injured, they will normally try to hide their illness. However, here are a few things to look for:
- Closed or swollen eyes
- Diarrhea; or fecal stains on the feathers surrounding the vent (anus)
- Sitting in one place for extended periods of time during the daylight hours with feathers puffed out
- Noisy or labored breathing, with wheezing or clicking sounds
If you see any of these signs, please call your veterinarian immediately. Until you can get your bird to the vet, use a heat lamp placed near his cage to provide extra warmth. Be sure the bird cannot reach the lamp, and direct the heat so that the bird can move close to it or move away from the heat if he chooses.
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