sleeping too much

by Nancy
(Willow Springs, MO USA)

I have a quaker parrot, not sure of her age but she sleeps all the time. When she comes out of the cage and sits on top, she immediately closes her eyes like she's just too tired to play. She has always slept a lot but not like this.. she even falls asleep in her food when she's eating. What could be wrong?

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Feb 15, 2008
re: sleeping too much
by: Kathy Heaton

Twelve hours of quiet and darkness per 24 hours are prescribed for equatorial birds and cavity-nesters. Does your Monk get this? If not, she may be sleep-deprived and trying to catch up.
Just to be sure, take her to an avian vet for a "well bird" check up.

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Feb 14, 2008
RE: sleeping too much
by: Anonymous

she is probaly sick.Take her to the vet.

Feb 14, 2008
Sleepy Bird
by: Tracie

Hello Nancy,

I need a bit more information for the vet. Does your bird have any other symptoms of sickness? You can check the droppings for unusual color etc. by putting a white paper towel on the bottom of the cage under the grate for a few hours.

If the droppings are runny, mostly white or dark without any white, your bird is probably sick.

When a bird shows signs of sickness, the vet will just tell you to take your bird to an Avian Vet. He doesn't want to be responsible for your bird dying. Since he can't see your bird or test your bird, he can't tell you why your bird sleeps so much.

Typically, when a bird starts sleeping more than usual even though it is getting the same amount of "dark" time, it is sick.

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