Bird Vomiting/wing flutter

by Br ady
(Harlingen, Texas )

I have several ring-neck doves. I keep them in a large enclosure while I complete a large flight/aviary.

I returned home and noticed that (Molly) was standing on top of the feeder.. She she was in an inclined position fluttering her wings as if she were attempting to receive her male for breeding. Her cooing was normal as was the wing flutter, but I noticed that she held her head really low and commenced a wing hard wing flutter, accompanied by clear vomitus.

I have seen the mating behavior, however since I am rather new, I have never seen a bird vomit in the course of what I believed to be a mating wing flutter....

She presents what I believe to be normal breathing, not labored nor does she have her beak open gasping for breath, however she appears like she is balled up and her feathers are all fluffed up. It has been rather chilly low to mid 40's at night with highs in the 60's.

The rest of my birds all appear normal.

Any suggestions, or do I have a love sick ring-neck dove..

Thank You

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Jan 18, 2013
Bird Vomiting/wing flutter
by: Linda

No, you have a sick bird, and if she has an infection all the others will also be incubating it. Take her to an Avian Vet ONLY in your area and have her examined for infections. If she is found to have an infection, then your other birds will also have to be diagnosed as to what type of infection and treated for it.

The other thing that is of concern is you cannot put birds of any kind outside without some way of heating their flights. Outside birds are used to the cold, but birds who have lived in the house and ALL parrots have to be acclimated to living outside and supplementary heat has to be provided. It takes birds about 3 years to fully acclimate to outside conditions, so this means bringing them in a little later each year until they are fully acclimated to outside conditions. Birds need supplemental heat in the form of no light emitter light bulbs which means flights have to have a closed in room with electricity to it and light sockets installed so these bulbs can be screwed in. The no light emitter bulbs look like regular light bulbs amd come in several wattage sizes. They give off heat and no light which would keep birds awake during night. A closed in room is mandatory for any outside flight regardless of type of birds.Heat must be provided all the time for parrots and probably for your doves as well.

So bring birds into house until you have the correct setup for their outside flight. Your birds are getting sick because of the cold and drafty conditions they are living in now, so get all this taken care of with the new enclosure. Sick birds have to be kept at around 80 degreesF when they are sick, so this means all your birds need to be brought into a warm house and cages covered to keep warmth in. If this female is sick then so are the rest depending on type of infection. Considering the cold may be at fault, she may have more than just an infection so do not delay getting her to avian vet and the others as well if she is found to be contageous.

Thanks for writing,

Please use this Find an Avian Vet link to find an avian vet for your bird so it can be examined to determine what is wrong and what the potential treatment might be.

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