Please use these tips when you need immediate help, but have no quick access to a good bird vet. This information should in NO WAY be used as a substitute for visiting an avian vet.


SIGNS OF ILLNESS
  • inactivity
  • eyes closed most of the time
  • feathers fluffed all of the time
  • "droopy" wings
  • low, almost horizontal, posture on perch
  • talking and vocalization stops
  • eating stops
  • noisy breathing
  • frequent sneezing
  • discharge from nose
  • tail bobbing with each breath
  • perching with neck extended and beak grasping wire of cage, (bird does this to keep breathing passages straight to make breathing more effortless)
  • vomiting
  • soiled or pasted vent
  • feathers lost and not replaced
  • bleeding
  • weight loss
  • swelling
  • changes in water consumption
  • changes in routine and habits
  • change in droppings
  • change in activity level
  • decrease in preening activity
  • frequent flicking of the head
  • remaining at bottom of cage
  • self mutilation
  • regression
  • dehydration (weakness, sunken eyes, feet cool, ridging of skin over sides of toes)