Tiels n' Gees - Cockatiels & Budgies

With in-depth information on Cockatiels and Budgies.

Budgie Health & Hygene: Content
List of Diagnoses

Please refer to the Medical Diagnoses page for a list of health problems you may encounter.

Signs of Illness
    There are many signs you can look for when trying to figure out if your bird is sick. Some signs that you will want to look for are:
  • Changes in their feather condition.
  • Favors one leg more than the other (except when sleeping).
  • Not holding wings the same way.
  • Signs of weight loss in breastbone or in the thigh mucles.
  • Deformities on legs, toes, beak, etc.
  • Swelling of joints.
  • Swollen or crusted eyelids.
  • Cloudy eyes or bulging eyes.
  • Swelling, wounds, or dischardge around the ears, behind/ below eyes.
  • Breathing difficulties.
  • Brown stains, swelling or any discharge around nostrils.
  • They are sneezing or coughing.
  • Beak looks overgrown.
  • Difficulty swallowing, or difficulty picking up seed or husks.
  • Loose droppings, or droppings containing undigested food.
  • Very sleepy, chang in personality, seizures, paralysis.
  • Bad breath.
  • Not as vocal as used to be.

   Many times, it may be a subtle indication that your pet is not feeling well, and it is always a good idea to check to make sure that they are healthy. Remember this: it is better safe than sorry, so do not hesitate to take action! Even if your diagnosis was incorrect and your Budgie is healthy, it is only a little bit of time lost.  If you don't take action right away, you may find yourself with a dead bird on hand. Being over concerned is better than being nonchalant. 

    Normally, a sick bird will be found sitting in a corner with its feathers puffed out and a dull, lifeless look in its eyes. Also, your bird may not eat when sick. Many birds, unfortunately, do not die from the sickness or disease; rather they die from their failure to eat.