how an I know if my grey african is sick?

by saif
(United Arab Emirates)

My grey African who I just bought this week was always playing and shouting until today, he just shouts when he wants some food. and he isn't eating when I give him by my hand like he did before though... what should I do?

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Mar 16, 2010
how an I know if my grey african is sick?
by: Linda

As Tracie said, it is highly recommended that you take your bird into an Avian Vet immediately. Signs of sickness are many and varied, and changes in behavior, not eating or drinking as much, and a general lack of energy are signs of illness. Also becoming cranky and screaming is also a sign of discomfort.

The plain fact is that most birds become ill after the stress of being moved into a new home. If your bird was purchased from a pet store, most all of them are sick in the store, and become worse when taken home. Birds try and cover up feeling bad, so sometimes they will fool us into believing all is well only to see that it is NOT. In the wild, an injured or sick bird is a dead bird because the flock either kills them or drives them away to die alone. Injured and sick birds bring predators who can smell injuries and sickness. So, our birds will cover as long as they can until they are sick enough to not be able to anymore.

So, it is mandatory you take your bird into an Avian vet to be checked for infections or other physical problems from his relocation and/or poor living conditions at breeder and pet store. Most of the sales people in pet stores do not know enough about birds to be able to tell you much, so a new bird checkup is a must if you want your bird to be healthy.

Let us know what the vet has to say and hope your sweet bird is feeling better quickly.


Mar 15, 2010
Possibly sick African grey
by: Tracie

In all honesty, there is no way Dr B or any of us can tell you if your AG is sick, sorry. The only way to be sure your bird is healthy, especially since you just purchased the bird, is to take your bird to an avian vet.

It is a symptom of illness for a bird to become quite, but it does not mean that your bird is sick either.

Measure your bird's pellets when you put them in the cage and measure the water also. Make sure your bird is eating. Place light, solid colored, paper in the bottom of the cage so you can monitor the feces. If your bird is not eating properly and does not have normal poop, then take your bird to an avian vet ASAP.

I hope your bird perks up, but finding an avian vet is still suggested.

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