What Are Common Bird Illnesses? | Pet Bird


Dr. Laurie: So when a bird becomes ill there
are some general signs that we’ll see. Being lethargic, fluffed up, tucking the head
under the wing, not eating, producing fewer droppings, but there are really some specific
signs of illness that can be indicative of certain diseases. If you have a female bird, we are always concerned
about egg laying and egg binding where a bird may not be able to pass an egg out of her
system and it gets stuck inside. It could be very not obvious, too or some
bird owners don’t even know that they have a female bird, until they lay an egg, if you
see a bird that is fluffed up and straining or passing bloody droppings or breathing rapidly,
because that egg can actually push up on their airways. They don’t have a diaphragm muscle between
their chest and their abdomen, so anything that goes on in their reproductive tract can
actually push up on their airways, their lungs. They can become very, very ill, very quickly
and that’s something that you would want to have checked out. What are some other illnesses that we see,
Sarah? Sarah: I think some other illnesses that we
see most commonly are the generalized upper respiratory infection where people will notice
a nasal discharge or a sneeze in their bird or maybe they’ll just be acting a little sad
and they’ll cough a little bit. The problem is that these upper respiratory
infections can be caused by a number of different pathogens be it viral, bacterial or even fungal. And some birds are actually very susceptible
to severe fungal infections that can very easily kill them. Dr. Laurie: Yeah, and we will see with several
animals, certain birds the larger birds that get fungal infections tend to get them in
their trachea in their upper airway. And people will come in and say, “Oh, my bird
sounds really hoarse or is making sort of a squeaky sound and not vocalizing the same
way.” Similarly, little budgies or parakeets actually
will get voice changes when they become hypothyroid. Their thyroid glands actually sit inside their
chests and they can swell and push on their esophagus and on their trachea, and change
their voices, and actually often lead them to throw up. So that’s a very common sign we’ll see. You know, we’ll see a lot of changes. I mean, there are certain very specific signs. Amazon parrots when they eat lead paint will
have sort of brown, muddy, reddish droppings, and we’ll see some birds have neurologic problems
of all kinds, when they get into toxic metals. Sarah: Absolutely, I mean we’ll have birds
come in seizuring and one of the first things that we think when we see seizuring or tremoring,
is heavy metal toxicity. A lot of people don’t think that there is
a possibility for exposure to lead or zinc in their home. But you’d be surprised at how many places
in your home probably have these metals. Dr. Laurie: So the take home message really
is to familiarize yourself with common bird diseases. But most of all, have a relationship with
a bird veterinarian that knows your bird and you can call on that person when you suspect
illness in your bird.

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99 thoughts on “What Are Common Bird Illnesses? | Pet Bird

  1. hey i ahve a pet love bird and its been almost a yr now and hes been loosing feather and hes very sleepy alot he sleeps on his belly in his cage and i have another buggie that breaths very rapidly at times what do this mean???

  2. I think my pet bird kiwi has being fluff up for two days but still sings but eats a lot. What does it mean i need an answer quick cause today is the third day it happened and i need help!

  3. I found a wild baby bird that I took care of for past 3 weeks. I noticed that one side of the face has some growth and it has puffed up to the point where it starting to go towards the right eye of the bird. Anyone know what this might be and how to treat it?

  4. My budgie's suffering from watery dropping.Can u suggest some medicines as we dont have avian vets n it is quite difficult to to do anything.

  5. My budgie is showing general signs of illness and her back seems to be infected, greeny like. can somebody help me I have no idea what to do with my loving budgie.

  6. hi, can you please advice me for parakeets pox virus treatment and prevention for my other birds…. from INDIA

  7. My baby budgie (around 1 and a half months) is acting strange unlike the previous birds i have had. She sometimes makes noises constantly as if she's crying or sobbing. They also sound like slightly squeaky noises (i guess). I've read online in forums and conversations of people's birds being fluffed up, staying still and making odd noises, and taking them to the vet with no serious results but soon afterwards they die. I'm very concerned about my bird, im not sure if she's sick or if this is normal, but she usually stays outside in a cage in the daytime and sometimes it rains and I'm worried if it is too cold even if there is no wind. My father says it's probably fine, but i can't take his word as i've studied budgies for a long time now and he hasn't, but what do i know, im only a teen. My budgie is also placed near the kitchen (not too close). I'm scared if my bird is in serious danger. Is there any cause/disease/illness or am i overreacting โ˜น๏ธ

  8. I have brought a new budgie and it is breathing very fast … for past few hours I am noticing it.. what should I do plz help me

  9. One of my parakeets died he was sick when I got him (I was not aware until the next day) I tried my best to keep him going…but…u know. I picked out two parakeets the two I got were best buds ๐Ÿ™‚ ever since my other parakeet has been so sad:( I'm trying to help her be happy…any tips?

  10. howcast EMERGENCY please I need help my parakeet granny got a tumor and I need some tips how to make him better or prevent granny from passing away. I would be very greatful. Please he is an awesome bird and I love him he is my everything please help me. I am in tears
    please help me I am just 11 years old and don't know what to do for my baby birdy. please help me and him get better I know its 1 life to save but every life is important I have a video of him in my Youtube profile about how bad the tumor is. please help granny .

  11. currently have 2 parakeets hatched from eggs 11 yrs old one male and one female. How do I make sure they stay 100% heathy

  12. someone check my recent please! My bird has been making these noises for the past two days, Iโ€™m worried please send help!!

  13. my parakeet keeps moving his throat back and forth as if he's trying to regurgitate something should I be worried ?

  14. What happens if you have a male budgie, and his cere starts turning brown? I don't have a budgie, and will get a female, but my brother is getting a male…. soooooooo anyone know?

  15. Help! My budgie is looking weird. He is sleeping a LOT and he looks so fluffy… He has never looked like this before.. I got him out of the cage and i've been giving him food but idk maybe it was bc i forgpt to change his water yesterday?

  16. My female cockatiel sneezes and idk what to do.I dont know if its sereous or something I just got my 2 cockatiels 5 days ago

  17. My female canary is quite, stays on the bottom of the cage a lot, and doesn't look well also the breeding season is coming up. Can anyone help me on what disease this might be? Thank you!please help!

  18. I just got a new budgie yesterday. I havenโ€™t seen Yoshi (my bird) eat any seed yet, and I havenโ€™t heard he/she (still very young, cannot define gender yet) chirp or tweet. Should I take them to the vet for a checkup, or is this normal for a young new bird to act like? I have my other budgie, Bou and when I got her I donโ€™t remember this behavior..

  19. For mites and lice is the best is ivomec 1
    antibiotic call total disinfection for all kind of illness for all birds.

  20. How can you tell if your caique is constipated? He is breathing fast and has fluffed up feathers. He seems to be straining to poop.

  21. my budgie make a whining puppy sound when i walked up to him. thats never happened and he can't speak yet. his 2 months old and i don't know why he made that sound.

  22. Avian Gastric Yeast in Budgies and Cockatiels and maybe other species. Treatable with Amphotericin B, twice a day orally for 30 days or longer. Fecal microscopy shows the large, rod shaped yeast when it is being shed from the stomach into the lower GI tract. Bird can be infected and yet not be shedding at the time of the fecal check but there is now a PCR test that can detect the organism at very low amounts in the feces.

  23. My pet budgie is breathing very heavily and is becoming thin day by day . He has been with me for 2 years . Please help

  24. I have an Indian ringneck parrot and today he has not been eating the whole day, and also he kept this position of looking up for so long, im scared

  25. My parakeet has poop falling from vent area but is not dropping can a antibiotic clear this up like doxycycline?

  26. My 2 year old canary has stopped singing. Is this common or is there anything I can do to help him sing again

  27. Then what if they scratch themselves all the time?

    Oh yeah I got two birds so I still donโ€™t have a bond with them cuz I think they think they only need each other so…….

  28. my cockatiel has very watery droppings what do i do? there aren't any avian vets where i live so i have no idea what to do.

  29. my budgie just died from a broken blood feather, we couldnt see it cause it was under the other feathers, he wasnt doing anything weird. And then, he died ;(.

  30. We have a semi wild magpie that comes home to sleep inside. After being gone for 3 days it came home swollen and with a limb. I think it got close to a cat since it is not scared of things like it should be

  31. Hello, please help ASAP my bird has not eaten for a day and a half he never refuses to eat millet but he is now. I have had him for a good solid 3 months and just started getting trust with him what should I do! He's also a parakeet.

  32. What do i do i brought home a parakeet from petco and she or he has diarrhea!! and the poop comes out with diarrhea but the poop wont come out it will just sit on the vent there are no bird vets in my area!!

  33. I have a female Parakeet and she has lost feathers in her bottom part around the area where she poops. I was wondering what it could most likely be?

  34. I have two young budgies. It's winter so they do fluff up often but I keep the heater on in the room. I recently did add Bird Greens (parsley, kale, chia seeds, alfalfa) to there seeds. Now one of them has reddish brown stool and I'm so worried. We were told they were both male, 4-5 months old. Could it be the greens or something very serious?

  35. my dwarf parrot is unable to walk and bites its paw, does anyone know what it could be and if it is treatable?

  36. My budgie nostrils are watery and skin discoloration is there and puffy skin. My budgie is not drinking water properly.please give suggestions.

  37. My pigeon can't walk properly.. Infact it can't walk at all! I'm worried if it broke it's leg from all the falling and bumping into stuff when trying to fly because it's a baby

  38. My green parakeet keeps on opening and closing its mouth. I thought it was because it was hungry or thirsty but when I gave it food and water I didnโ€™t see it eating or drinking any when I left it. I just got the two birds today and are my first ever. When I first got then i put them in the cage and put food and water. During that time it was eating and i think drinking. Do they do that because they are about to sleep? I donโ€™t know if it is male or female because it is still young. (Sorry for making it long I am just really concerned.)

  39. please anybody here help me my bird keeps one eye open and closed and it is also called a desise please immidiatly tell me the treatment please ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

  40. Excuse me, does anyone know why my baby doves died from breathing problems of some sort. They started deeply breathing and then started wobbling around.

  41. When your Bird's Esophagus is on their Trachea does it cause their voices to go deeper or higher? I am just curious and am very cautious and protective of my birds, I want to look out fro them.

  42. Help my 2 month old bird is always sneezing everynight is it sick? Or is it normal please answer

  43. what i put when my bird sick i add vinegar to ots water not that much and turns out to be healthy again

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