Parakeet keeps constantly opening its mouth

by Maggie
(Windsor, Ontario)

I have 2 parakeets i have no idea how old they are i got them from my aunts friend ive had them for 8 months. One of my parakeets dont open their mouth constantly unless i do it infront of him but the other bird keeps doing it but stops like its very rare it happens. what should i do?

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May 15, 2013
Opens and closes beak a lot
by: Anonymous

He keeps opening and closing his mouth fast and doesnt seem to be able to eat and does mot drink.

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Aug 08, 2009
Parakeets
by: Anonymous

If a parakeet keeps opening it's mouth constantly the bird is probably trying to regurgitate whatever it has digested which the bird may not be able to digest. A lot of times a parakeet will cough up food if something is blocking their digestion. They use store bought gravel to grind food which act like teeth for the bird. (Editors note: NO, do NOT give budgies or parrots gravel, this can kill them. Ask your vet, the vet will confirm this.) If a bird does never open its mouth it is probably sick and requires some special attention. Try an antibiotic solution from a pet store. (Editor's note: Do NOT give antibiotics to your bird without an avian vet prescribing them. This is another way to kill your bird and also prolong the bird's illness by not allowing the bird to get the proper treatment.) The parakeet birds have a life span of 10 plus years. Maybe the birds were not treated well from their previous owners and are too battered to recover. They are very fragile and delightful creatures.

Jul 16, 2008
Parakeet opening mouth.
by: Tracie

Hello Maggie,

Could you clarify your question? What you are asking is not clear.

Are you saying that the parakeet keeps it's beak open all the time? Is it panting? Please provide clear details.

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