Birds are very good at hiding things when they're not well. That makes it important to pick up on the subtle signs
Signs to look out for are:
1 Not eating
2 Change in faecal consistency and size
3 Fluffing up
4 Sleeping more than usual
5 Sitting on the cage floor
Your bird’s droppings are a great insight into your bird’s health.
There are 3 portions to the avian dropping that need to be monitored:
Faeces – the dark part
o Look for: Diarrhoea, blood, undigested foods, mucus, and change in colour
Urates – the white part
o Change in colour can signify liver problems and infections.
Urine – the wet part around the dropping
o Excessive amounts of urine can signify kidney problems, stress, and other issues
If any of these changes are noticed it is important to have your bird checked by a vet.
Please bring your bird along in its cage, or if it is too big, take a picture of the cage.
Make sure you have a sample of droppings for the vet to look at. Do not clean out your cage before going to the vet – this is so the vet is able to examine how the bird has been living, what consistency the faeces are, what the perches are like, what toys are in the cage and what diet they are on. All of this will allow your vet to properly assess the health of your bird.