very old parakeet

Hello, My parakeet, Gigi is very old, her band says FL91. She has developed a very bad pecking/pruning disorder and her wee behind is very swollen and fecal matter is present all the time. I try to wipe the area for her as the poop tends to collect in the vent area. I realize that Gigi is in the last phase of her life. My question is, "Is she suffering?" She has a fairly decent appetite and loves spray millet. I keep her warm, what else can I do to make her more comfortable?

Thank you for answering.

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Apr 16, 2011
Old sick bird
by: The Avian Vet

Keeping her warm (80-85ºF) is a good start. Keeping her vent area clean is vital, too. But you need to take her in to see an avian veterinarian for a physical exam to determine her quality of life. I cannot say with looking at her. She certainly is sick and needs medical attention at the very least.

Dr B

Apr 13, 2011
Aging parakeet
by: Tracie

Dr B will eventually answer this, but you may want to read his Aging Parrots article that he will probably suggest while you wait.

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