Checking the health of your bird

Checking your birds health is all part of being a responsible pet owner. Birds have evolved to not show signs of illness as this can put them at risk from predators in the wild. There are basic things you should check regularly which can tell you if there is something wrong with your bird.

General appearance and behaviour

A healthy pet bird should appear bright and alert. It should be acting naturally, showing an interest in its surroundings and moving around it cage or aviary. If it is huddled in the corner of the cage on its own then it is a sure sign something is wrong.

Physical features

Look at your birds eyes and nostrils, They should be clean and not be showing any signs of discharge. The vent area should also be clean and without discharge. Eyes should be healthy and intact. In a healthy bird the beak should interlock properly and appear healthy. If the upper part outgrows the lower part then you should consult a vet. The point where the cere joins the beak can sometimes be affected by scaly face mites. This would be seen as a crust. Look at your birds breathing pattern, it should be regular and calm. The birds feathers should be in a good condition with no bald patches or signs of mites

If your bird shows any signs of being unwell then you should consult your vet.

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