Bird Care : How to Treat a Sick Parrot


Hi, my name is Madeline Franco and we’re here
to talk about birds. Specifically, in this segment we’re going to talk about how to recognize
a sick bird, and how to treat a sick bird. Generally speaking, they are flock animals
and as such they try to conceal illness for as long as they can because, in flocks and
animals that travel in flocks, a sick or injured bird is often the one that’s the most threatened
by predators. And, they are subject to predators If however your bird has lost or gained a
significant amount of weight, or if their fecal matter is not well defined. If it is
very liquidly, if the separation between the urates, (which is the white part) and the
solids and theres no clear distinction, or if the urates are yellow. That is probably
and indication that you need to see a vet. Not every vet specializes in Avian medicine
and, its very useful to find one that does.You can ask your vet who takes care of your dog
or cat if you have one, if he specializes or deals with Avian medicine or if he doesn’t,
he might recommend someone who does. There are in many towns though, vets who take care
of Avians and exotics. This little girl here was not sick so much as she was mutilating
her leg and in order to get her to stop doing that, I’ve put a collar on her, I made her
this collar. Mutilating and plucking is somewhat common among birds if they’re not kept busy
and occupied and engaged. For some reason she decided she wanted to cause damage to
her leg and she was doing so. But, because we thought there might be underlying infection,
the vet put her on an antibiotic and we used topical ointments to help her with her leg.
And now, approximately six weeks after we started treatment, she is getting a whole
lot better. There are a number of ailments that can strike your bird. Be aware of this,
there are several that are considered dread diseases among Avians. You always want to
check with your vet if there is any irregular behavior with your bird. Also a bird that
stays at the bottom of his cage and fluffs out his feathers and generally doesn’t look
quite well. That is a bird that you want to take to the vet. One of the problems with
birds, because their bodies are so tiny. They often will get ill, they stop eating, they
stop drinking and they can dehydrate. And theres not a whole lot of tolerance for them
to be dehydrated. You can lose a bird relatively quickly by they time you discover that its
sick. So, pay attention to your bird and follow your veterinarians advice to take care of
them and, they can really bounce back pretty well. This little girl as done a great job.

52 thoughts on “Bird Care : How to Treat a Sick Parrot

  1. You're in Sydney Australia! Where! Can I come play with the fids? I may even clean out a few cages free! I'm not trained, but I have had fids since I was 7 and I love them dearly.
    I have always wanted to be an ornitologist but I am allergic to alot of animals so I am unable to complete the required veterinay courses.

  2. You should find a borad certified avian vet. Some vets will care for birds, but don't have the necessary training to properly care for them. Going to the bottom of the cage could also be a female laying an egg, so pay attention and look for other signs of illness. But when in doubt, take them to a vet for a check up. It is always better to be safe than sorry. A sick bird can die within a short span of time, so when you notice a change that concerns you, take them to the vet.

  3. hi i like this video ihave 10 weeks old african grey im still feedeng him three time a day and affer him allot of vegtable ,but when pooped i see alot of liquid like water with his poop i dont know if this normal or not because he is baby and he had that from the first day i brought him home is this som think i have to concern a bout it? and thank you.

  4. Mines sick to… one has infection and the other is bleeding idk why their so sick! I went on vaction and left them with a friend and he doesnt know

  5. do giant birds require me to be home during the day? i want a macaw or amazon but i am in school from 8:00-3:05 but on mondays i get home at 2:25 and occasionally i will get out at 12:00 noon. shud i find a petsitter or get a smaller bird?

  6. Oh hey! Have you thought about intellectus 424 diet (search on google)? Ive heard some awesome things about it and my father lost crazy amounts of weight with it.

  7. My female budgie is having some weird symptoms… She is having boogers around the holes of her cere, and her cere is sometimes unclear, some days worse than others… She is also having wet, liquidy, poop. Not all the time, no more than twice a day it happens. I'm a first time bird owner and I'm not sure if I should go to the vet yet. I took her to the vet for a checkup about a week ago… But that was before this other stuff started. Should I go again? My parents think we should just wait an

  8. She passed away a couple weeks ago. She had a very bad sinus infection and was too weak and sick to eat.. :'(

  9. I Don't know if my bird is sick or not because my bird puff his feathers maybe hè is sick or cold everything is fine

  10. See my bird has all of that but he has had that for a w long time and he's a parakeet and I don't know what to do i can't find a vet can I take it to petco as a vet?

  11. Do you think my 1 year old lovebird is sick, depressed, or stressed out? Cuz she sits on the bottom of the cage, and bobs her tail up and down when she breathes.She acts normal when I take her out of the cage, but I think she is depressed or stressed out. Would that be possible? Would she do that if she didn't get enough attention? She also breathes heavy too Can someone tell me?!

  12. My cockatiel keeps on pooping all the time and one time there was just a liquid a lot of liquid and and a tiny piece of poop

  13. Hey my parrot's eyelids are swelled what should I do ??????? please reply !! I need instant help or it might die !!! Plzzzzz

  14. my conure has polyuria and goes every 5 to 10 minutes. she has seen the vet and her blood is neg. she has had this for exactly one week now. I don't know how to help correct this.

  15. my conure has polyuria and goes every 5 to 10 minutes. she has seen the vet and her blood is neg. she has had this for exactly one week now. I don't know how to help correct this.

  16. my conure has polyuria and goes every 5 to 10 minutes. she has seen the vet and her blood is neg. she has had this for exactly one week now. I don't know how to help correct this.

  17. my conure has polyuria and goes every 5 to 10 minutes. she has seen the vet and her blood is neg. she has had this for exactly one week now. I don't know how to help correct this.

  18. I have found a parrot in my backyard today morning
    I think it is badly hurt
    It is laying down
    It can't eat drink.
    I think it had fell from a tree
    I can find a doc only on tomorrow
    Tell me what to do
    I can't see it this sick

  19. What should I do? My cocktail is sick I don’t know with what,she is not making any sound and she doesn’t want to drink or eat,she is not moving(she usually bites when I touch her head but she is not reacting to it) she is shivering.(she also fell) and the problem is no one in country specializes on birds!

  20. My budgie is shivering, has a problem flying, doesn't sing as much, and feathers are messy. What should i do? My parents don't want me to take him to the vet and want to let him die.

  21. My cocktail baby bird ate plastic thin tube ,i m so worry what i do plz help me give me any suggtion how i save the life of my bird ????

  22. IMPORTANT WARNING FOR PET BIRD OWNERS : The food that we normally give to the canaries (and other companion birds) consisting of a "complete, balanced and top-quality seeds mixture" bought in pet stores or malls, makes the owners trust that their pet is well fed, but it's not so: indeed the birds health is at imminent and serious risk.

    The owners of canaries, parrots, cockatoos, parakeets, cockatiels, etc., WE MUST PAY ATTENTION TO DOMESTIC BIRD BREEDERS AND VETS and keep in mind that although we feed them with such a typical seeds mixture, our birds are very likely in danger of suffering an unexpected, painful and practically inevitable PREMATURE DEATH BY FATTY LIVER DISEASE. Canaries, for example, will surely die at 4 – 6 years of age of the more than 14 that they can live.

    It's sad that pet birds are fated to die early and painfully in so many cases. You have to warn people to avoid it!

    This deadly disease is very common in pet birds but owners usually don’t know or detect it in time. And we can’t imagine that THE CAUSE IS IN THE FOOD ITSELF that we provide to our birds, in which such a typical mixture contains low-fat seeds such as canary seed together with other VERY fatty seeds such as niger, hemp or nabine and, in addition, the birds usually prefer to eat the fatty seeds so that their REAL DIET is unbalanced by excessive fat, gradually causes the fatty infiltration of the liver and in a few years causes fatty liver hepatitis and PREMATURE DEATH to pet birds.

    Also the breeding paste and its pigments and the sunflower seeds can attack the liver if they are taken too much or for too long.

    It's a cruel disease that progresses silently and, when its unexpected symptoms begin, they are easily confused with other ailments so the owners usually postpone the visit to the vet at a time already critical for the life of the bird (besides that not all vets are trained to recognize this elusive and misleading disease, even to administer lipotropic and regenerative liver protectors in curative doses, just in case it's that and not a supposed blow). It's a process of slow and asymptomatic progression, but when their visible symptoms begin (acute phase) the disease accelerates.

    SYMPTOMS OF THE ACUTE PHASE OF FATTY LIVER DISEASE : First, emotional decay or progressive lack of interest, hard belly (in many cases, with a dark spot with a half-moon shape on the belly, which seems a "tumor", to see it you have to wet your fingers to remove the down), falls from the sticks of the cage that seem for "errors of calculation" and then lameness (that make believe that they are by the previous falls, but both symptoms are due to that it hurts the liver), lack of flight and singing, the bird fluffs up his feathers or bends more or less slowly; Then, within a few weeks or a few days, forced breathing with open beak, remaining lying on the floor of the cage near the food, sudden spasms from time to time (which make people believe that the bird is "epileptic" but it are twinges of pain of diseased liver), abundant greenish stools (caused by biliverdin which if it's not fasting, it means hepatic harm), then black and watery (from hepatic hemorrhages), then a strange purplish color of skin and beak, an excessive appetite and the final "improvement" of a few days (in the last phase, the already degenerated liver becomes deflated by what the bird seems to ameliorate), after which it suddenly dies among seizures (which may seem a heart infarct).

    For the first symptoms the liver has already degenerated to 80% and only an urgent (and accurate) vet action can save your bird and revert the liver situation. If you simply feed your bird with the loose seeds mixture (even if you give it fresh fruits, vegetables and let it exercise, for example by letting it out of the cage at home), right now your pet's liver is degenerating, and neither you nor your bird know. Without liver protectors, it's almost certain that your bird will die early and in many cases you won’t be able to determine its real cause .

    Hepatic lipidosis it's not only deadly by itself when the visible symptoms begin (sometimes even it does not warn at all until few moments before the death). Even before the acute phase it predisposes the bird to suffer infections, as it weakens the immune system. Obese pet birds have an higher risk of many other diseases, like arthritis, heart disease and cancer. Obesity in birds it's not so apparent but it's more dangerous than in other animals like mammals.

    So in addition to giving to the birds lipotropic and detox / regenerating hepatic protectors preventively and routinely, breeders usually make their own mixtures with low fat seeds.

    PREVENTION AND/OR TREATMENT : The time to act is NOW that your pet doesn’t have yet the visible symptoms. It's necessary to ACTIVELY PREVENT THE LIVER DEGENERATION. Fortunately it's easy to do it: It's very advisable to substitute progressively (within some weeks, as per the instructions of the manufacturer) the mixture of loose seeds for some pellets compound food of seeds, fruits and vegetables (preferably those that already include liver protectors), because this prevents the bird from filtering and eating mostly the fatty seeds (but without insisting if the bird does not get accustomed to eating pellets because he could die for starvation within a few days) .

    And, whatever the diet, it's CRUCIAL to add to the drinking water or to the food a LIPOTROPIC LIVER PROTECTOR that includes carnitine and / or choline, betaine, methionine, etc., (and it's very convenient to add a DETOX / REGENERATING LIVER PROTECTOR with thistle milk, boldo, artichoke extract) . Liver protectors are not medicine but cheap food supplements manufactured by pet bird vet laboratories that remove the fat from the liver, clean it and favor its recovery. It's essential to add them to the pet birds diet to conserve their liver. It's something that professionals as breeders and vets know, but we the owners usually don't know.

    It are appearing in the market compound feed for pet birds that don’t include fatty seeds and that already include several liver protectors. But the vast majority of owners still confidently feed their birds with the typical mixture of loose seeds with little fat and other very fatty seeds… And their birds continue dying of hepatic lipidosis in a large number of cases (likely, in most cases) . Now we know that, as fatty liver disease develops from the daily food itself, it’s most likely THE FIRST CAUSE OF DEATH OF PET BIRDS, and more so as the bird ages.

    Webs on FLD:

    https://www.beautyofbirds.com/liverdisease.html
    Liver disease is a slow, on-going progressive disease where the liver tissue is replaced with fat. When the liver disease has progressed, the bird may suddenly appear ill.

    https://www.lovinghands.com/forms/Hepatic%20Lipidosis%20-%20Fatty%20Liver%20Disease.pdf
    One of the sadder diseases many avian vets see is that of hepatic lipidosis or fatty liver disease. It's sad in a number of ways since often the birds are very ill, life-threateningly so, or possibly having died suddenly. Often the owners have been unaware of the dangers of feeding their beloved pet the seeds, peanuts, or other fatty foods the bird obviously loves to eat. These are truly cases of "loving your bird to death". Any bird can fall victim to fatty liver disease.

    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/46105643_Treating_liver_disease_in_the_avian_patient
    Dietary deficiencies of lipotrophic factors such as choline, biotin, and methionine may decrease the transport of lipids from the liver.

    http://www.veterinaria.org/revistas/redvet/n111110B/111004B.pdf
    The clinical manifestations of hepatic diseases in ornamental birds are much more frequent than people could imagine and in many cases they are not appreciated, progress in a silent way and when they are evident, vet action may (usually) arrive late.

    Most any avian symptomatology should be considered as if it were a pathology that could be serious, and not allow the disease to develop because then it will probably be too late. We must closely investigate the symptoms, take preventive measures that don’t harm (such as giving liver and intestinal protectors according to the leaflet) ask for advice from vets, breeders, etc. and procure the most appropriate treatment RAPIDLY, but without rushing in the treatment or with the doses in such small animals. If the days go by and the bird doesn’t improve, it's necessary to continue investigating and, if necessary, change the medication in an informed and contrasted manner. Doing nothing or stopping research usually ends up with the bird dead, but acting without being sure of what is done and in what dose, it likely ends the same way. It's necessary to obtain and confirm the sufficient vet experience and have the serenity to determine in each case whether it's convenient to hasten to do and / or administer what medicine and in what dose, or if it’s better not to do and let the situation evolve without medicating for the time being, or according to the medication that has already been administered.

    A limp in a bird is not always an injury caused by a blow, but the symptom of a disease of some organ (usually the liver or an intestinal disease) that needs to be discovered and treated ASAP. When in doubt, change diet to one with the lowest fat possible (only birdseed, or with other low-fat seeds such as millet, chia, fresh fruits and vegetables) and administer lipotropic and regenerating liver protectors in curative doses immediately… although nothing could foresee a fatal outcome. There are also food supplements protectors of the intestinal mucosa and stimulants of the immune system. In doses according to the leaflets do not cause damage, it will surely save the life of your bird (if it's not too late), and will keep them with a basic wellness.

  23. Whoops too late … I rarely look at my parrot wallie and I noticed that when I put my finger he doesnt bite it…but he always does that…I though uhh he is just sleepy…and the next day we fiund him dead…sad but everything bad is for something good…! Dont be like me…check ur parrot everyday…!

  24. I know this video is old but my cockatiel seems sick and my mom doesn’t seem to care and I can’t bring him to the vet I’m only 13 I don’t know what to do

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