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Dr. Lisa, Small Animal/Avian Veterinarian
Category: Bird Veterinary
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Experience:  26 yrs of small animal vet practice. Dog, cat and parrot caretaker for 35 yrs! Former Zookeeper
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How can i tell if my quaker parrot is sick

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How can i tell if my quaker parrot is sick?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Lisa replied 7 years ago.



(1)Your bird might be going through a molt. If his feathers are hard and encased in what looks like soft, opaque plastic, thyey are new feathers which are coming in. If they are normal feathers then I think I would need to see a photo of your bird to help you further.


(2) A sick bird is one who:

  • sits fluffed-up / s;eeps a lot
  • isn't interested in the usual activities
  • doesn't eat/drink/, or does the opposite
  • screams incessantly
  • sits on the cage bottom, holds onto the cage bars with his beak for support
  • sneezes, vomits/regurgitates. has a change in excretions



If you think your bird is sick, please crank up the heat to around 80 degrees F (27 C), and increase the humidity to make the room almost steamy. Lower the perches and pad the cage floor should he fall. Make sure his food and water is within easy reach, and call your vet ( for an appointment.


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