Bird Medical Bay



Is my Bird sick?

Well most people love birds but sometimes have a hard time to know when they are sick or just tired. They do these quirky moves and gestures. Are they maybe sick?? Well read on here and you will know.

Unusual Droppings :

Depending on what you feed them, the color of the droppings differ. Do watch out if they turn rusty brown or tarry black. That may show internal bleeding. You can also tell if the consistency of the droppings…if runny or smooth.

Ruffled Feathers :

If they are ruffled for a long period of time…it may show respiratory problems and or internal bleeding. It also shows weight loss, which is life threatening to a bird.

Red Inflamed Cere :

The Cere is the birds beak. Make sure you look at the nostrils. If there is redness, inflammation, or discharge it may be a sign they are seriously Ill. When taking them to the vet keep them in a warm blanket.

Cloudy Eyes :

If you see cloudiness or discharge it is the nervous, respiratory and muscular disorder.

Reduced Appetite :

Birds have high metabolisms. So make sure they receive adequate nutrition everyday. If you see them losing weight it’s a sign of Intestinal blockage or impaction. Clean the clean cage every day to monitor what they are eating and how often.

Open Mouthed Breathing:

Respiratory illness is the most common in birds. If you see that, it’s a very good chance of them being sick and need attention from the vet.

Dirty Feathers  :

Watch for this because they normally keep their feathers clean.

Weight Loss :

Again…very important and death is imminent if you see this.

Changes in Vocalizations :

Like humans, Birds dont feel well and do not talk as often as they normally do. So pay attention to the patterns of the way they speak. Make sure you monitor the tone of the birds.





Bird First aid.

Just some quick things to know …just in case.


Air Sac Rupture :

They are located inside the neck, chest and belly. When ruptured they will leak from there. If air is not released the tear in the sac will enlarge. If no improvement is not happening in 48 hrs..surgical repair or antibiotic will be necessary.

Anorexia :

Feed with a tube if you know what you are doing.

Bleeding :

Clean with 3% hydrogen peroxide solution. Baking soda or boric acid also works. Cover the wound with gauze if necessary. Hold on wound for 2 min or as long as needed. If around head or neck make a hole for that. This does not work well with smaller birds.

Bleeding Feathers :

Grab it with a small tweezer or needle nose plier. If it still bleeds apply pressure for I minute with thumb and index.

Broken Bones :

Cut appropriate size sock allowing bird to expand chest and breathe. Cut appropriate holes for legs, feet or head. Broken toes, put foot into gauze ball.

Burns :

Use a gauze after sprayed with cool water. Use antibiotic ointment. If acid…use baking soda paste. Grease…use flour or cornstarch before rinsing with water.

Cat bites :

Wash with Hydrogen Peroxide. Apply antibiotic ointment. Take to vet ASAP.

Convulsions :

Place in quiet padded box. May be done with epilepsy or infectious disease (bacterial, fungal,viral, or parasitic)

Diarrhrea :

Remove fresh fruits and feed cooked white rice, peanut butter, baby pabulum, canned baby foods or even a few drops of pepto bismal.

Eye Problems :

Keep away intense light. Flush eye with clean water, use cotton and ball with syringe. If object I eye, float it out with KY jelly or ophthalmic ointment.

Food for sick birds :

Gatorade or honey/karo syrup. I tea spoon of salt also is good. Measure with care so to NOT cause diarrhea.

Heat stroke :

Spray feathers with cold water and also put feet in cold water also. Wrap loosely in towel to prevent chill.

Poison :

If by acid or petroleum product, make it swallow milk with pepto bismal, egg white, Or olive oil.

Shock :

Symptoms-No moving, Shallow breathing, head may be turned with eyes closed. Place bird in warm (86-90 degree F) secluded, dimly lit environment. If associated with life threatening injuries, treat immediately.