my parekeet is breathing heavily.

by maria Lawson
(temecula, ca)

my parrokeet is breathing heavy and standing on one leg which she never. Is a little puffed up and opening her mouth wide often. not chirping and usually chirps a lot. What could be the problem?

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Oct 19, 2009
Breathing Heavily
by: Linda

As Tracie said, you need to get your little bird to an Avian Vet as soon as you can get there. The breathing heavy and gaping is a sign of an upper respiratory infection, and it sounds like it is more advanced. If it is not already, it will turn into pneumonia shortly, and bird will be very sick and may even go off food. If this happens, you will need to have some Baby Parrot Handfeeding formula on hand and some small syringes with which to handfeed your bird. Birds who go off their feed because of illness have a very short time to live if we do not intervene with handfeeding. This would need to be done several times during the day, so ask the vet how many times using what size syringe. The Avian vet will probably give you the syringes, and you will need to buy the formula. RowdyBush is a good one, and there are several others.

Get bird to vet immediately, and maybe she will respond quickly to meds and not have to be handfed. Also, cover cage to keep her warm. Sick birds need to be kept up to 75-85 degrees F as they lose the ability to regulate their body temperature. Cover her to hold heat in, and put cage on a heating pad or use masking tape to tape heating pad to one side of cage so she can move in and out of the heat as she feels like it. The extra heat is a very important part of nursing a sick bird. Just cover cage(leaving a couple inches open at bottom for air flow) now until you can get heating pad and get her to the vet as quickly as you can get the appointment. Tell them she is very sick and needs to be worked in if possible.

Let us know how everything goes as we are here to support each other in taking best care of our birds.


Oct 19, 2009
Parakeet breathing heavy
by: Tracie

When a bird's behavior changes suddenly, it often is a sign of illness. A bird that stays puffed up is another sign of illness.

Please take your bird to see an avian vet ASAP. Usually birds do not show signs of illness until they are very sick.

As far as standing on one leg, that is the unusual part of your story. Usually birds sit on one foot when they sleep and if they are sick they can not do this because they lack balance.

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