a bit swollen of the eye - lovebird

by Kevin
(Vancouver, BC)

My lovebird is around 5-6 months and she suddenly has her left eye a bit swollen. Not swollen as in it's puffed and etc, but the white skin ring around her black eyeball is a bit red and juuust a bit puffed. What happened to her? She barely bites me so I don't really flick her or hit her. I don't have any object in the cage that could have gotten any bacteria or something into her eye, I wonder what happened? It has only been a day or so though, her other eye is perfectly fine as well. I was wondering what happened??

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Nov 22, 2010
Bird needs to see an avian vet
by: The Avian Vet

Your bird needs to be seen by an avian veterinarian.

Dr B

Nov 20, 2010
a bit swollen of the eye - lovebird
by: Linda

Hi and thanks for writing. First, we need to get something very, very clear. Never, ever flick or hit your bird. You say you don't REALLY flick or hit her, so what is it that you do? Any kind of aggression toward a tiny little bird is considered abuse, and is done by very cowardly people who want to feel power over another being. I'm not saying you are doing this, just cautioning you to never flick or hit your bird. A good firm NO when bird behaves badly is all that is necessary. Otherwise you are inflicting pain and fear on a helpless creature about a thousand times smaller than you are. There are non-aggressive way to train birds, and there is some information on this site and all over the internet to help you learn if you need it. Training birds is a good opportunity to more closely bond with your bird, and can be done without ever hurting bird physically or emotionally. Once trust is lost, it may never be regained. Your bird looks to you for its very life, please respect that.

As for the eye, birds can get hurt on toys that have sharp parts or any sharp parts around the cage. If she is allowed to fly all over, then she needs to have her wings clipped by an Avian Vet. Do not try to do this at home as you risk your bird bleeding out if you cut a blood feather.

If eye does not clear up, you must take her to an Avian Vet in your driving area because this is a sign of infection. Only an Avian Vet is qualified to diagnose and treat your bird, so find one and take her in for an exam.

Again, thanks for writing, and let us know how she is in a while.
Linda

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