sneezing green check

my one yr old green check sneezes every once in a while, big wet ones. nothing around her nares are are any different then they have always been. and she has always done this.... is this normal?

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Apr 22, 2010
Sneezing bird
by: The Avian Vet

Occasional sneezing is normal, even with a little clear discharge. However, your bird should have an annual exam with vaccinations and you should mention this to your Dr. when you go. This can be caused by debris in the nares (nostrils) such as dust, feather dander, or even seed hulls. Regular baths can help keep the nares clean.

If you see sneezing with other symptoms such as a (not clear discharge), not eating, lethargy, sleeping more, and sitting fluffed, then you should assume that your bird is really sick and see an avian veterinarian immediately.

Dr B

Apr 22, 2010
sneezing green check
by: Linda

Birds sneeze to get rid of dust and dirt from their noses. Considering that their nose holes are an open vat for dust and dirt, they have to sneeze to rid themselves of foreign objects that fall into them.

If, however, your bird starts sneezing a lot, and you see any kind of discharge, this means there is an infection of some kind present, and bird needs to be seen by an Avian Vet. This is also true with sudden behavior changes, lack of energy/appetite or discharges from any part of the body. The fact you called these sneezes "big wet ones" leads me to believe bird may be getting sick. It would not hurt to have him examined by an Avian Vet to rule out infection. Sneezing is usually dry when they are just ridding themselves of foreign matter in nose.

Thanks for writing,
Linda

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