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    sign of sick birds

    Puffed-up feathers. Birds fluff up their feathers to keep warm, and also when they relax for sleep ... and also when sick. A bird who sits puffed up much of the day is likely in trouble.
    Tail-bobbing when breathing. Birds who sit there puffed up, bobbing their tails, may be sick.
    Not eating their favorite food. Maybe the bird's full -- but they need to eat often, so if after a day the favorite food is untouched, something's likely wrong.
    Half-closed or closed eye(s) for much of the time. Alert and healthy birds usually have both eyes wide open while awake. If the eyes start closing, and it's not because you're scratching a birdie head and inducing pure birdie joy, the bird might be sick. Oh, and be careful: birds often close one eye but not the other. You may not notice a bird is keeping its farther eye closed sometimes.
    Sleeping excessively. Like people, birds who sleep a lot more than usual may be in trouble.
    Bad posture when at rest. Healthy small parrots usually sit somewhat vertically, not fully horizontally, though it depends on the type. Bad posture from sickness is usually combined with puffed up feathers.
    Discharge/wetness around the nose. It may be hard to see the nose, but it's usually at the top of the widest part of the bill, right near or under the feather line. Watch for moisture/discharge there. An occasional sneeze is OK, but if it stays moist....
    Throwing up/getting undigested or half-digested food stuck to the cage in weird places. Can be mistaken for harmless courtship-related regurgitation. New owners should play it safe and check with a vet. You can eventually learn to tell if it's nausea vs. lovey-dovey behavior, but watch very carefully.
    Poop sticking to the vent feathers. This is apparently a common sign of possible sickness, especially if it keeps happening.
    Discolored, undigested, or runny poop. Watch for changes in the shape/color of the poop. Runny poop can happen if you've just given your bird a bath or if it just drank lots of water, but those effects only last for about an hour with small birds. Color changes can mean a change in diet (seed diets usually produce greenish poop, pellets usually produce brown), but off-colors or unusual colors are a warning sign (black is usually a bad sign). The poop should also look well-digested -- no lumps in it that can be identified as what they used to be. If your bird eats seeds, there should NOT be whole, undigested seeds in the poop -- that's a sign of dreaded PDD.
    Ragged, poorly preened feathers. A sign the bird isn't feeling up to caring for its feathers, which is a bad sign, since feathers are vital to a bird's survival in the wild.

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    by anyname on Tue May 06, 2014 at 06:50:37 AM PDT

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