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What Are Common Bird Illnesses? | Pet Bird

August 13, 2019


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.

99 Comments

  • Reply Ish Khan March 27, 2014 at 1:20 am

    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???

  • Reply Mari-Chan_lockwood February 7, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    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!

  • Reply Bj Thomas September 3, 2015 at 8:23 am

    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?

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    Can someone tell how can I get red eyes breed in buggies

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    it might be cancer

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    he is sick

  • Reply Evelyn Bernal June 24, 2016 at 3:56 am

    my bord is popping blood wat do I do

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    bird*

  • Reply Hiba Yacoub July 7, 2016 at 4:50 am

    My budgie died from worms and his lungs collapsed

  • Reply Ito Debbarma October 28, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    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.

  • Reply ThinkTheBay November 26, 2016 at 5:18 am

    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.

  • Reply classical and contempary furniture maker January 5, 2017 at 6:48 am

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

  • Reply Mmy Mmy January 18, 2017 at 8:43 am

    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 ☹️

  • Reply [ EatAssSmokeGrass ] April 8, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    my bird just sneezed but only once he was shivering a little bit before pls help

  • Reply Chiya Patel April 12, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    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

  • Reply UKz Romulus April 18, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    What if your bird is heavily breathing?

  • Reply Abigail Merritt April 26, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    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 πŸ™‚ ever since my other parakeet has been so sad:( I'm trying to help her be happy…any tips?

  • Reply Manahil Asad April 28, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    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 .

  • Reply ruch May 12, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    my female bird lost her voice …..plz suggest me any home remedies πŸ™

  • Reply anikanbounty97 May 21, 2017 at 12:03 am

    what about having trouble breathing and may have respiratory infection

  • Reply anikanbounty97 May 21, 2017 at 12:05 am

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

  • Reply Salty owo lol May 25, 2017 at 3:46 am

    What if my budgie (Ari) Lays an egg

  • Reply Kevin Griffey June 3, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    this helped thank you:)

  • Reply Balananda Anisetti June 8, 2017 at 1:21 am

    my bird is very week how to solve plz help me

  • Reply George Koutsovagelis June 30, 2017 at 10:21 am

    My canary's voice is weak and he doesn't Sing.

  • Reply JoyXon July 4, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    my bird always breaths threw their mouth

  • Reply stef July 16, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    someone check my recent please! My bird has been making these noises for the past two days, I’m worried please send help!!

  • Reply ASAP Mob July 17, 2017 at 10:18 pm

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

  • Reply Lamantha’s Vlogs August 7, 2017 at 2:19 am

    I think Elbert is GANNA die I wet him too much 😭

  • Reply Som Hela August 10, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    can anyone help me my parrot is sneezing breathing heavily not eating please please help me

  • Reply bilmiyorum bilbilyorm August 15, 2017 at 11:01 am

    bird illness is rub on people ?

  • Reply Creative Bird September 4, 2017 at 12:15 am

    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?

  • Reply Icey74queengirl /Liv September 5, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    My bird passed away by the same thing we didn't know what we think it was was it kidney failure or

  • Reply DENISE BROWN September 21, 2017 at 5:04 am

    Hi what does it mean when the birds under the wing changes colour and he keeps nawing at it then he bleeds

  • Reply Team 10 Edits September 23, 2017 at 2:23 am

    My baby budgie is sick I wanna type more but there is tears running down my face to my phone…

  • Reply Sheria :3 October 19, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    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?

  • Reply Yeet October 28, 2017 at 1:25 am

    My bird is windows xp… if i want her to get put of her cage, she is biting me like a windows error

  • Reply silvery edgesword November 14, 2017 at 10:36 am

    My budgie is not flying why.please give me some remedies quick.

  • Reply supremekiller gaming November 26, 2017 at 10:43 am

    How do you see if your budgie has beak disease

  • Reply Kelly Saw December 1, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    My rescued baby mynah just passed away from neuro problem today. I fought for 5 days. Rip. 23/11/17-1/12/17

  • Reply Rukhia Farzana December 1, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    I want know when cat bites budgies

  • Reply Iris Subasic December 18, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    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

  • Reply Sweet T December 21, 2017 at 8:16 am

    one of my birds die I want to know can lovebirds live along

  • Reply Joses Mobilep January 5, 2018 at 4:20 am

    My bird has poop coming out but doesn't drop it, is it a ill?sign

  • Reply xymania January 27, 2018 at 4:22 am

    Does my parakeets red droppings mean that there's blood in the dropping? Please help I'm worries and scared ;-;

  • Reply Milky February 21, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    My bird sneezed a big white chunk thing, I don't know what it is, its kind of wet and soft-ish.

    What is it?

  • Reply GRIZZLY GAMEZ February 24, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    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!

  • Reply Vixaroon February 26, 2018 at 4:52 am

    Plz help. My budgie has diarrhea. Is there any home remedies for this?

  • Reply Adriana Khamo March 7, 2018 at 10:38 am

    My budgie has a big bump on his back I think it's a infection πŸ˜₯

  • Reply Kumar Kamar March 23, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    My lovebird right leg sheckng second to secnd plz gv me solution

  • Reply Average Animator March 28, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    I just got a new budgie yesterday. I haven’t seen Yoshi (my bird) eat any seed yet, and I haven’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 don’t remember this behavior..

  • Reply Ryzer's Stuff March 30, 2018 at 1:07 am

    my bird is bubbling in his mouth after a showrr wat should ido?

  • Reply JXD DF April 4, 2018 at 3:58 pm

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

  • Reply Gilles TourΓ© April 5, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    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.

  • Reply ILLYRIAN BLOODLINE April 6, 2018 at 8:52 am

    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.

  • Reply Treasure Trovel April 6, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    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.

  • Reply RockerBoys b April 18, 2018 at 1:16 pm

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

  • Reply anindam das April 21, 2018 at 5:55 am

    My budgies have indigested seeds in their droppings. Please help and prescribe a medicine.

  • Reply Glitterscum May 1, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    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

  • Reply George Boy May 7, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    why my parrot has red nose ?

  • Reply Tammy Preston May 10, 2018 at 7:16 pm

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

  • Reply Shankh Mourya May 20, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    my budgie suddenly having trouble flying please help me

  • Reply Hannah's Simple Thoughts June 25, 2018 at 11:19 pm

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

  • Reply Sun Star July 1, 2018 at 5:55 am

    Then what if they scratch themselves all the time?

    Oh yeah I got two birds so I still don’t have a bond with them cuz I think they think they only need each other so…….

  • Reply Shila Banerjee July 16, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    My female parrot suddenly stop voice. Please reply this reason.

  • Reply good shit August 14, 2018 at 11:57 am

    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.

  • Reply Zesinu September 3, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    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 ;(.

  • Reply Just Ash October 2, 2018 at 11:16 pm

    One of my budgies nostrils has sealed..help?

  • Reply 馬鹿Cleatule October 30, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    I need help.. My bird can't stop moving it head and can't get up nor walk. He isn't eating.

  • Reply PowerNoob9000 October 31, 2018 at 10:57 am

    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

  • Reply Mia G Adventures! November 23, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    my budgie is sleeping all day…i need help i think..plz help

  • Reply Aleya Glodoski November 28, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    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.

  • Reply The Alpha Wolf Everest November 28, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    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!!

  • Reply Gaurav Kapoor December 10, 2018 at 8:31 am

    Dear Doctor,
    Pls help my birds stomach is coming out too much and she's in pain. What to do?

  • Reply Baron1250 January 7, 2019 at 1:50 am

    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?

  • Reply itachillish January 19, 2019 at 6:47 am

    My parakeet died because he always bang her head like he was dancing

  • Reply sha- na-noni January 31, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    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?

  • Reply Tijmen Vredenburg February 2, 2019 at 4:47 pm

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

  • Reply YuneecRX February 20, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    My budgie died from an egg

  • Reply Aspect Element February 26, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    I have had my bird for 6 years it's acting really sick and I don't know what to do

  • Reply Arshia Bawa March 6, 2019 at 11:54 am

    My male adult budgie has a red nose; is that normal?

  • Reply Rabia April 1, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    I noticed that my budgie started having holes in his sere. A second one appeared tonight and I'm worried

  • Reply les maxwell April 3, 2019 at 9:09 am

    Hi my bird bend head shaken head can you help,went blind too can't open his eyes today got vets

  • Reply Raga Latha April 26, 2019 at 5:44 am

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

  • Reply Donna Hall May 6, 2019 at 7:59 am

    Hi my budgie keeps on putting it's beak on it's neck constantly is it sick

  • Reply Soumya music May 13, 2019 at 8:41 am

    MY bodri bird eat ashan paint what I do now.

  • Reply R candy May 31, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    That conure lookslike mine only the red is more pink and the tail grey

  • Reply ScytheShots_ URQT June 1, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    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

  • Reply Parsley78 June 9, 2019 at 4:13 am

    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 didn’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 don’t know if it is male or female because it is still young. (Sorry for making it long I am just really concerned.)

  • Reply night fury June 11, 2019 at 3:25 pm

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  • Reply *' June 16, 2019 at 1:28 am

    Help my budgie is moving their head up and down in a circle instead of up and down urgent

  • Reply Jose Garcia June 16, 2019 at 1:55 am

    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.

  • Reply Yoyo1531 June 18, 2019 at 5:23 pm

    My parakeet can't fly and kept falling so his chest was practically ripped open. Now its black

  • Reply Ultimate Lists June 27, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    My bird sleeps a lot a lot and his body changed from before please reply

  • Reply Jared McIntyre July 1, 2019 at 2:09 am

    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.

  • Reply Panda Passion July 5, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    My Bird is losing chest feathers what does it mean?

  • Reply 10k subs with no vids July 16, 2019 at 1:58 pm

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

  • Reply Naomi Mayorga July 18, 2019 at 1:55 am

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

  • Reply Channu Chandini August 12, 2019 at 9:54 am

    My budgie licked a drop of a detol.. Plz help me quickly

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