Parakeet sneezing

by Danny
(Los Banos, CA, USA)

My parakeet sneezes sometimes when it sits on its perch, its not sick beacause it is very active and eats normally. please help!

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Aug 05, 2011
Sneezing bird
by: Tracie

Sometimes birds sneeze because they have something in their nares, like a seed hull or pellet dust. If the bird is sneezing every day off and on all day, then you need to have an avian vet examine the bird to make sure it doesn't have an infection.

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Aug 05, 2011
Parakeet sneezing
by: Linda

Danny, the truth of the matter is birds won't show illness until an infection incubates which can take a week or more from time of exposure. Even after that, they try to hide illness because in the wild a sick or injured bird is a dead bird from either a predator or their own flock.

If your bird came from a chain pet store like petsmart or petco, it is already incubating an infection of some kind. The quality of birds in these stores leave a lot to be desired, and birds get sick when a lot of them from all different places are put together in the stores.

We recommend all new birds be examined for infections both viral and bacterial within the first few days to a week they are in our homes. This is the safe way to make sure your bird is getting a good start.

Do not make any dietary changes like from seeds to pellets without first having bird examined by avian vet. Do get started on a better diet because all seed diets are a slow starvation. The Harrisons' pellets are the best and have to be kept refrigerated as they are all organic with no preservatives to hurt your bird.

Also, parakeets come from a part of the world where birds don't have much if any fresh fruit to eat in the wild. Birds' behavior is ruled by what they had access to in countries or origin like Australia, Phillipines, or the Central and South American jungles. Birds are exotic wild animals and will always be so. They eat, breed and behave as their wild ancestors did and do whether they were born here in the US or not.

It is a pleasure to have answered your question and best of everything to you and your little friend.

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Linda

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