Love bird just eats and sleeps

by Steve
(Chicago area)

Our peach face love bird, that was very active and vocal, one day just started sleeping all the time. She (?) tucks her head under her feathers and will sleep for hours. She is eating, in fact it seems as though she is eating more often. We don't know how old she is, we have had her for about 6 years and when we got her believed she was pretty young.

We have another peach face in the cage with her, they have been together for about 3 or 4 years. His (?) behavior has not changed at all. We feed them both Golden Feast Petite Hook Bill food blend. We have been giving them that food for a few years. The "sleeping" love bird's eye don't seem to be as wide open as they used to be and certainly not as much as her mate's. What could be causing the change? Thanks

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Apr 19, 2018
Sleepy Rosy Bourke Parakeet
by: Anonymous

I have a rosy bourke that is exactly as you describe. Brought her to the vet yesterday and was told she was 10g underweight. She eats mainly seeds (Higgins) although she is offered the best of other food and pellets. Wanted a 2nd opinion but the other avian vet is gone till next week. Hate to waste the time. She eats (seeds) constantly, and when she is not eating, she is sleeping. Eyes are often/usually squinted. She is supposed to be just over a year old. I think it is more than her diet at this point. She is frantic when I withhold her seeds and give her pellets, veg, fruit, etc.

Mar 16, 2012
Sleepy bird
by: Anonymous

Yeah take her to the vet. Something is wrong.

Please be sure your birds get an average for 10-14 hrs of sleep per night uninterupted.

They will nap in the day if they arent sleeping at night.

However your bird sounds sick. An avian vet is your best bet right now.

Good luck!

Mar 15, 2012
Lovebird sleeping too much
by: Tracie

The sleepy lovebird is ill and needs to be seen in person by an avian vet right away. Dr B can not help, because he can't examine the bird or run any tests to determine what is wrong.

The diet you are feeding your birds is not healthy. Your birds need to be eating 80% pellets and only 20% healthy treats, that would include the seed mix you are feeding them.

Once the sick bird is well, please work on converting your birds to a high quality pellet diet. This will strengthen their immune system and keep them from dying of fatty liver disease too.

Avoid the colored pellets and cheap pellets that are full of sugar and chemicals, this will only increase the likelihood of your bird getting sick. Our avian vet recommends either Harrison's or Roudybush pellets.

Switching Birds To Pellets article

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