Sick Parakeet, tried to get help. PLZ

My parakeet is shaking and i think she may have a fever. We went to an Avian vet but they didn't help at all. Her appetite is o.k. although the vet said she was very thin. Her feathers are fluffed up and her poop is dark green, and watery. What should I do? (besides take her to a vet)

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Apr 04, 2008
Sick Parakeet
by: The Vet

I am disappointed to hear that your avian veterinarian did not do any diagnostics such as blood work or even a physical exam. They should have given her some supportive care such as fluids and even antibiotics if nothing else.

My suggestion is to stabilize her with a heating pad on top of her cage, and get the temperature up to 90-95ºF. This can be done with a heating pad on high 24/7 and partially cover the cage with a towel. Beyond this all you can do for her is find a REAL avian veterinarian.

Dr B

Apr 03, 2008
Sick Parakeet
by: Tracie

You need to find another Avian Vet and spread the word not to use the one you went to. What kind of Vet would send you home with a sick bird and not tell you how to help him????

Dr. B might have some advice, but the bird might be dead by the time he answers. We do not want people to wait on his response when they have an obviously sick bird.

All the normal things apply when you have a sick bird. Keep the bird in a warm, quite place. Move all the perches, food and water to the bottom of the cage so if he falls off it won't be a hard landing.

If the bird can not perch, then put a towel in the bottom with food and water easily accessible without the possibility of him drowning in the water dish.

Some people put a heating pad on low, with a folded towel on top and then the cage on top of the towel and partially cover the cage. This provides warmth and keeps out drafts.

I am not an expert, so I will bow out at this point.

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