Is Your Parakeet Sick?

It can sometimes be very hard to tell if your parakeet is sick because they instinctively hide their illnesses. In the wild, any sign of illness could be a signal for a predator to attack. Becoming familiar with your parakeet and knowing what is normal behavior for him will help you determine if and when your bird is sick.

One sign that something may be wrong with your parakeet is screaming. Generally, parakeets are quiet birds. If they begin to scream, immediately check the bird to make sure he hasn’t gotten himself into a predicament that he can’t get out of on his own. But don’t panic, screaming can also be a sign of boredom, hunger, or discontent.

Below is a list of signs that your parakeet may be sick. Spend time with your bird every day so you will know what behavior is normal.

  • Irregular feathers, molt, or growth
  • Irregular sleep patterns
  • Irregular droppings
  • Confusion
  • Drooping head, tail, or wings
  • Change in eating habits
  • Vomiting
  • Bleeding
  • Lackluster or swollen eyes
  • Staying on the bottom of the cage
  • Discharge from the beak, eyes or nostrils
  • Lumps or swellings on the body
  • Any other change in normal activities