disease in birds
in Australian households, but the signs of disease in our feathered friends may not be as obvious as in dogs and cats.
As these are prey species in the wild, it is instinctive for them to hide their illness from any possible predators and this means that they also hide it from us.
Often the first sign that a bird is unwell is that it is sitting quietly in its cage, not interacting with its toys or mate and closing its eyes more than usual.
or talking, not eat as much as usual and generally just seem quieter.
It may sit in the corner of its cage and look generally dull as they often stop preening as often as a healthy bird would.
As they become more ill the bird’s feathers may be ruffled and it may appear fluffed up.
This is often described as the bird looking cold even though the environmental temperature may be warm.
At this point it may stop eating altogether and so the faecal component (the solid part) of the droppings will decrease in volume.
Other signs seen in different diseases include dirty feathers around the cloaca, watery or different droppings, sore eyes and sometimes dirty feathers around the nostrils.
If your bird is showing any of these signs it should be seen by a vet as soon as possible.
Birds often don’t show signs of disease until they are very ill and so early disease detection is paramount in the treatment of bird illness.