Parakeet heavy breathing - tail bobbing

by Domenica

About a week ago I took home a parakeet that was abandoned at a pet store I am working for. She was left with us in an extremely filthy cage so it seems that she has suffered some neglect. I have bought a new cage and everything for her so that she has a clean healthy environment.

What now concerns me is that she breathes quite heavily, with her tail bobbing up and down but with her beak closed. I am not exactly sure how old she is but she definitely is an older parakeet. She seems to have a healthy appetite and is starting to sing now that she's becoming more comfortable, but stays on the top perch for most of her time. Should I be worried about the breathing? And is there anything I could do to help her?
Thank you

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Nov 12, 2013
Sick parakeet
by: Tracie

Bless you for helping this little bird. It is always best to have a bird examined by an avian vet before taking it home, especially if you have other birds that may get infected by an illness it may have. There is no telling what may be wrong with the bird without an in person exam and tests.

Please use this Find an Avian Vet link to find an avian vet for your bird so it can be examined to determine what is wrong and what the potential treatment might be.

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