My finch seems to be sick

by Ashley Meleza

I've had my finch about two years and it wasn't until recently I noticed she would either sit at the bottom corner of her cage or sit on the highest perch but when she's sitting on the perch, she would breathe heavily and lay all her weight on it. She would fluff up and close her eyes.

At times she would droop her wings. Also her tail no longer aligns with her back instead it points down constantly, however she would move it back and fourth a little as if to keep balance on the perch. I'm not sure what's wrong with her. She still chirps in the mornings,eats and drinks normally, and she flies around in her cage like a healthy finch.

She takes baths in her water bowl everyday but usually she would go back and isolate herself in the corners of her cage. I'm not sure what could be wrong with her but I'm really worried for her health. Please help!

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Nov 12, 2011
Sick Finch
by: Anonymous

Yes, the best advice is to take your bird to an avian vet, but if you can't, there are medicines you can get from your bird store. Finches and Canaries are very susceptible to air sac mites and upper respiratory disease. In both cases, this is very treatable with medicines from your local bird store. Labored breathing can easily be air sac mites and/or respiratory infection. I used Iverlux - just one drop on the bird's skin, under the wing is a good spot because there is some exposed skin there. This is a 5 day treatment for air sac mites. I also used and antibiotic called Tetratex. It is a broad spectrum antibiotic and is used for respiratory infection in birds. Just add one scoop into 8 oz. of water and refrigerate. Give them this water for 5 days. Of course, if your finch does not have air sac mites or upper respiratory infection these meds might not help. Like I said the best thing is to take her to an avian vet, but if you don't have the money, you can try to help her yourself. Ask your local BIRD STORE not just any pet store, because they will not know.
I hope your finch gets better. It is hard to lose any of them.

Nov 12, 2011
Finch is sick
by: Tracie

Yes, your bird does appear to be very sick. Dr B can not tell what is wrong without examining your bird. Please Find an Avian Vet to examine your bird and give you a prescription or treatment for exactly what is wrong with your bird. There are not any "miracle" over the counter treatments that make sick birds well.

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