Finch illness

my finch is puffed up but is eating and sleeping well,is it sick? i think its a zebra finch.

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Oct 14, 2009
Sick Finch
by: The Vet

Yes, it is sick. Put a heating pad on the cage to get the temp to 90ºF. Then take it in to see an avian veterinarian as soon as possible.

Dr B

Oct 13, 2009
Finch Illness
by: Linda

Though being puffed up can indicate illness, it can also indicate your bird is cold. If birds are near a window, move them to one side or the other of the window or somewhere else in the room. Windows sometimes have drafts coming in around them and drafts will give birds pneumonia, so avoid any kind of draft even in the summer as drafts are bad. Start covering your bird's cage at night with a lightweight cover like a small sheet or other type of cover that is light and leave the bottom couple of inches open so air can circulate up under there, and the cover will hold bird's body heat in since heat rises.

If your bird has not been to the vet in over a year, now would be a good time to take her in and have vet check for infection or other health problems. Fluffing up is what the beginning of an illness can look like, so don't wait until it is out of hand, just go ahead and call an Avian vet in your area and take your bird or birds in. Bacterial and viral infections are highly contageous, so if you have more than one bird caged together, take them in as well.

Hope this helps and keep your birds warm as winter is on the way. Write to us anytime, as we are here to help you and your birds have a better life.


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