Bird Health


If you notice signs of illness it is very important to get the vet promptly as most birds will hide illness until it is in an advanced stage. We recommend taking your bird to the vet BEFORE the bird ever becomes ill. Visiting your vet before the bird is ill will allow the vet to see your bird when it is healthy and help the vet create a routine preventive health care program for your new pet.

Signs of a Healthy Animal

  • Active, alert, and sociable
  • Eats and drinks throughout the day
  • Dry nostrils and bright, dry eyes
  • Beak, legs, and feet appear normal
  • Clean, dry vent
  • Smooth, well groomed feathers

  • Red Flags

  • Beak swelling or accumulations
  • Fluffed, plucked, or soiled feathers especially around the vent
  • Constant sitting on floor of cage
  • Wheezing or coughing
  • Runny or discolored stools
  • Favoring one foot when not asleep-- it is normal for birds to sleep on one foot
  • Eye or nasal discharge
  • Red or swollen eyes
  • Loss of appetite

  • If feeding fruits, the stool may become runny for a while. Many birds cannot tolerate too much acid that is in many citrus fruits, therefore we recommend limiting the amount of citrus you feed to your bird. When changing the food your bird is given, do so gradually. A sudden change may upset your bird's digestive system, or the bird may refuse to eat the new food.