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There may be very few signs to indicate that your pet bird is feeling unwell. They are great at hiding it, as it is their natural instinct so they don’t look vulnerable in the wild. Unfortunately this means birds can actually be more unwell than the signs they show.
With a high quality, varied diet and well maintained environment your pet bird should be at its healthy best. Here are a few signs, which may be visible, to help guide you on your pet bird’s health and wellbeing.
Once you can see signs of illness or disease, it often means that the bird has already been ill for a while, and quick medical attentionis always important.
Things to look out for include:
Birds health can change with very little notice or reason, it’s ideal to regularly check your bird for any changes. If your bird is showing any of the above symptoms, we’d recommend seeking advice from your local avian vet, to ensure your bird is happy and healthy.
It is a good idea to weigh your bird regularly to ensure that it is neither losing weight, possibly due to illness, or gaining too much weight and becoming obese.
Fortunately larger birds like the parrots can be trained to stand on an artificial perch on a set of scales, so are easy to weigh regularly.