How to Check if your Parrot is Sick?

kiwi 101An active and healthy parrot, when taken in as a pet, becomes an important member of your family. In most cases, you take the bird as your own child and are responsible for its well-being. It can be quiet distressing to know that your feathered friend has developed an illness. It is a matter of concern also because unlike other living beings birds do not show very many signs of being unwell. It is a part of their natural defense mechanism which saves them from the probable dangers of the wild.

Careful observation, eating habits, droppings and general appearance of your feathered companion will easily give you cues about his/her health condition. Moreover any abnormality from his/her normal routine may also indicate signs of sickness. As a bird owner, it is therefore important for you to watch the signs in your bird.

Below are some signs or cues which may help you to detect the health condition of your bird:
•    Is your bird eating and drinking normally?
•    Is there any deviation in the normal routine/activity of your bird for example changes in playing with his/her bird toys, climbing, sleeping, singing, talking and preening?
•    Is your feathered companion sitting down on the bottom of his/her bird cage?
•    Is your feathered companion sleeping more than his or her usual habits?

Watch out for your bird’s physical appearance as follows:
•    Is your feathered companion molting (losing feathers) more than usual?
•    Is he or she showing fluffed up feathers for long periods without any reason such as cold or sleeping?
•    Is his/her eyes closed or partially closed most of the time?
•    Do you see any abnormality with his/her feathers as far as the look of the feathers?
•    Does he/she show any signs of dry or flaky skin?
•    Do you notice any changes in your bird’s posture?
•    Does your bird show any lethargy or slumping on his/her bird perch?
•    Do you notice any changes in his or her weight?
•    Do you notice any changes in his/her droppings? For example; changes in color, texture, volume, shape and frequency of droppings?
•    Do you notice any changes in his/her breathing pattern? For example;  if he/she is breathing by open-beak or tail bobbling? Tail bobbling is the frequent motion of the tail feathers while breathing.
•    Is he/she wheezing, sneezing or clicking?
•    Is there any discharge of mucous from his/her nose or eyes?
•    Do you notice any signs of swelling on your bird’s body?
•    Do you notice anything which is abnormal outside the cage? For example; if there is any blood dropping outside the cage?

These are the most common signs which may help you to know about your bird’s health status. If you see any of these mentioned conditions in your feathered companion, visit a veterinarian. Early detection of these symptoms may help you in maintaining the health of your bird. You must not waste your time in trying out home remedies for your bird as time is precious. However, many times it is essential to stabilize or give first aid before you take him/her for professional medical assistance.

Ann Zych – FunTime Birdy

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