5 Symptoms Your Bird Is Sick or In Pain

While some birds can "speak," they are unable to communicate with their owners when they are unwell or in pain. Birds are infamous for concealing symptoms of illness or injury since predators would notice any indicators of frailty in the wild. If your bird is in pain, look for small cues. These typical indicators indicate that your bird is in discomfort or unwell; if you see any of these behaviors, call your as soon as possible.

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    Favoring Certain Body Parts

    Veterinarian examining a young Ara parrot

    If you find that your bird spends the bulk of its time on one leg, or that it avoids using a certain wing or moving in a specific way, you should think that something is causing pain in these places. While it is natural for birds to strive to disguise any indications of sickness, birds in agony are sometimes unable to conceal their misery.

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    While we do our utmost to ensure the safety of our feathery companions, accidents and injuries can happen at any time and in any location. Even in the comfort of their own cages, pet birds sometimes injure themselves. If you find your bird squinting, take it as an indication that he or she is in pain; it may or may not be connected to an eye injury.

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    Because birds are usually quite busy, any signs of lethargy, melancholy, or exhaustion should be addressed seriously. Birds seen laying on the bottom of the cage or refusing to leave their nests or perches are frequently unwell and require emergency medical attention.

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    Even tamed, hand-fed pet birds can be cranky at times, which is quite natural. Excessive anger or lash out behavior that is out of character for your bird might indicate that something is amiss. While aggressiveness and irritability are common indicators of in parrots, it's best to be safe than sorry if you're not convinced hormones are to blame for your bird's behavior.

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    Loss of Appetite


    Parrots and other birds have exceptionally fast metabolisms, necessitating constant food consumption. It's natural for some parrots and parakeets to be pickier than others, and it's absolutely reasonable for any bird to have certain food preferences, but a bird who flatly refuses to eat anything is typically in desperate need of veterinarian care. If you feel your bird isn't eating as much as it usually does, consider giving it a favorite treat like millet or another fresh, bird-safe snack. You should be able to detect if your bird is interested in eating it or not very fast.

If you suspect your pet is sick, call your vet immediately. For health-related questions, always consult your veterinarian, as they have examined your pet, know the pet's health history, and can make the best recommendations for your pet.


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