Parrot Disease – Reconize the Symptoms
Common Diseases of ParrotsAlways be on the lookout for signs of parrot disease. One of the major ways to make sure your parrot stays healthy is to be observant. Become familiar with your bird’s everyday healthy behavior so you can tell when something is not quite right. Just like everyone else, early recognition of a parrot disease will make it easier to cure.
Most parrots are very clever when they become ill – not wanting anyone to notice that something is wrong. In the wild a sick bird doesn’t want to be picked out by predators. That’s the reason it is so often hard to tell if your parrot is sick until he is very sick. The answer is to be alert. Learn the early signs of parrot disease.
How Many Hours Do Birds Sleep
A sick parrot may sleep too much during the day when he is normally active. Excessive sleeping especially on the bottom of the cage could mean a significant problem. Always look for any unusual changes in your parrot’s sleeping habits.
As strange as it may seem a healthy parrot will sleep on one leg with the other drawn up near its belly. If it starts sleeping on two feet, these could be early signs of parrot disease that need to be looked into.
If you notice your parrot looks to be fluffed up, he might be trying to tell you something. When his feathers are fluffed up he may be trying to maintain his normally high body temperature and fight off and illness. On the other hand, it may just be too cool in the room. He might be trying to tell you to turn up the heat. In any event, it’s time to check things out.
How Much Food Do Parrots Need To Eat?
If you notice a definite change in attitude and he is not behaving normally or becomes listless, it is time to call the veterinarian. If your bird seems to become lame and can’t use his feet properly this is a sign of something very wrong. Don’t waste time. Get him to the veterinarian right away.
Panting or labored breathing is often a sign of respiratory illness or overheating. You may notice him sitting on his perch and bobbing his tail. This is often a sign of panting indicating the possibility of a respiratory illness or parrot disease.
Some Sick Bird Symptoms
If you notice any discharge or runniness around the eyes, nostrils (nares), or vent this can be a sign of illness and should be looked into. If the bird’s vent is crusty or damp from fecal material there is probably a problem. Any debris around the face and feathers is a sign of poor grooming possibly from vomiting.
Always be observant of any unusual change in your parrot’s droppings. Normal droppings consist of a solid green portion, white urates, and a clear liquid. If the droppings show a marked color change and there has been no change in diet there could be a problem.
Always be safe and when in doubt check it out with your veterinarian as soon as something seems out of the ordinary. Treating any problem quickly will greatly enhance the prospects of a quick and complete recovery.