dis­ease in birds

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - Regional Extra - Chloe Fing­land, 5th Year Vet­eri­nary Sci­ence Stu­dent , James Cook Univer­sity and Andrew Col­son BVSC, Ovens and Kiewa Vet­eri­nary Hospi­tal.

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.

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