Puffy parakeet??

by Nawal Ashouri
(Hoover, AL)

Hi, I have 3 parakeets. Which I've read tons about and they are part of the Parrot family. Anyway, one of the three birds has been strangely puffy. When we bought the birds, the clerk told us that one was a girl and the other two were boys. The girl is the puffy one.

I read somewhere online that if it's hiney isn't clean, then it's ill. Her's is clean. I check almost every day, but I'm still a little worried. She usually sits in a corner of the cage. For three parakeets, we do have a large cage. I do not know what could be wrong. We thought it may be the temperature, but why would one be affected without the others being the same. We have turned the temperature up for a couple of days in a row, but she reacted the same. I now leave the window open for them to get some air and I am starting to put them outside for a couple of hours a day.

What do you think is wrong. I've had a different parakeet, one before, but that one had the same signs, but a dirty bum and barely ever ate. He passed away before we got this bird. I do cover them at night, some say it helps. PLEASE answer every soon. If anything is wrong, I would like to get her help before...well...she passes.

Thank you,

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Dec 10, 2009
by: angelina

well my bird Riley is puff right now but i only had this bird for like 2 or 3 months but Miley but i had her for 2 or 3 years and im only 10 okay thats hard to have a bird that you love go bye bye i had a bunny named Jeff and he died right on the ground and when we picked it up there was blood coming out of he's mouth but how do i keep my bird safe??????

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Nov 03, 2009
sick bird
by: Jessica

The bird is sick. You can tell by the fluffy feathers. If you don't bring it to the vet asap, it will pass away.

May 11, 2009
To the Vet We Go!
by: Linda

I agree with Tracie, and it would be a good idea to take all 3 in at the same time. It sounds like she has an infection which means the other 2 do as well though they are not showing it as yet. If they are living together in same cage, they would all be affected by a bacterial infection. Since you purchased them in a pet shop, the chances of infection are very great. Also moving to a new home is very stressful for birds and can take their immune systems down for a time.

Vet will perform tests on them to tell whether they have an infection or not. Until you get to and back from vet, handle all of them as you would a sick bird. Keep them inside, and warm. If you have air conditioning, make sure they are not near an air vent either in the floor or the ceiling. If they are near an air vent, it will put a draft on them which can give them pneumonia. The air vent in our Amazon's room is closed all summer and open all winter. Their room stays cool enough because of close proximity of another vent in kitchen. They just cannot have air coming down on them or up at them from vents or outside either.

Keep us posted on what your vet says, and it is a pleasure to hear from people who are doing their "homework" about the birds they have by buying and reading books and/or searching for the answers online and with people like us. I'm just a regular bird lover like you and have many, many years' experience, and I still have to "hit the books" quite frequently as we never know it All about birds.


May 11, 2009
Puffy parakeet
by: Tracie

Your bird is beautiful, but looks sick. Dr. B can not help your bird over the Internet because he can't examine the bird or run tests.

You need to take your bird to an avian vet soon to be examined. A clean vent does not mean a healthy bird.

I hope everything turns out OK.

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