Sick Maxamillion Parrot

by linda
(england)

My parrot is not eating properly and drinking.My vet said she has an infection and has put her on antibiotics. but she has lost a lot of weight and is weak and I cannot get her to eat much?

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Jun 01, 2010
Sick Bird
by: Anonymous

Just an add to my previous post. My vet I refered to in my post is an "Avian vet" not a regular vet, just so you know the info I passed on to you is good knoledge from a certified Avian vet.
Good luck
Bre

Jun 01, 2010
Weak bird
by: Anonymous

My Sun Conure had a very bad viral infection just a couple weeks ago and was the same way and the vet gave her antibiotics, antidiahrial medication and an antibiotic shot and said I must also make sure she eats. He said to get clear unflavored pedialite to give her. I also asked if I could try to feed her the Exact hand feeding formula she was on when I got her 9 months ago. He said yes that would be great if she would eat it. I fed her the same way as I did when she was a month old and not quite weened yet, with the feeding syringe; only I mixed it with the Pedialite clear instead of water. She wasn't too sure about it at the first feeding, but after that she loved it, so I fed her every 2 hours for about 3 days until her bloody diahria subsided and she was starting to eat her own food again. I also offered her the pedialite every time I fed her. Then after the first few days I started feeding her about 3 times a day to be sure she was getting enough food, and to make sure she got strong enough to perch normaly again. She was so weak she could barly perch on my finger. She got better and was completely back to her old self after about 5 days.
Good luck
Bre

Jun 01, 2010
Sick Maxamillion Parrot
by: Linda

If you waited too long to take your bird to an Avian vet, then bird is too sick to make progress without some intervention. Either take your bird back to this vet or to another Avian vet for a second opinion. Your bird is in need of fluids because from what you said, your bird is dying as we speak.

So, take bird back into the Avian vet and have them give some IV fluids plus a different type of antibiotic.Bird may need injections instead of liquid meds, so if that is so, have the vet show you how to do it. You cannot do this alone, you will need someone to hold the bird very still while you are injecting meds into breast. Bird cannot be moving around or you will stab a vital place.

Birds should always be taken to an Avian vet BEFORE they get so sick they go off food and water because then they are dying and it will take a lot of effort on your part to save this bird. Sick birds like this have to be handfed using a baby parrot handfeeding formula using a syringe or spoon. Just make sure food is going into the bird and not all over it. Most birds will fight this type of feeding, and they need this to get the nutrition and fluids into them once they come home from hospital. Feeding needs to be done several times a day, and if you cannot do it, then pay the vet's people to do it. Sick birds also need to have heat raised as they cannot regulate their body temperatures. You can do this by sitting cage on a heating pad set to a low to moderate heat, and place a towel over cage top to trap heat in the cage. Put a thermometer near cage, but not on cage as sick birds need somewhere around 75-85 degrees F when ill. Make sure there is plenty of air flow space, so they do not get too hot and stuffy which is just as bad as too cold. You can also put sick birds into an aquarium and tape the heating pad just on one side so the bird can get out of the heat if it needs to. Heat is not optional, it is mandatory for sick birds.

Your bird will die if you do not get busy and treat this as the emergency it has become. The vet can only do so much, and the rest is up to you to save your bird's life.

Linda

Jun 01, 2010
Sick parrot not eating much
by: Tracie

You may need to hand feed this bird, but you will want to have someone show you how to do this, and practice in front of them, so that you don't make the bird worse.

I personally would call my avian vet and give them an update and ask what to do. Besides the fact that your bird needs proper nutrition to heal, it may be a sign that the medicine is not working, or maybe even making things worse.

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