There are early warning signs that your grey might be becoming ill. Below are some possible / potential illness signs in an African Grey Parrot. These helpful tips are informational only, and are indications of a potential or possible illness.
Any doubt in your mind whatsoever, contact your avian veterinarian immediately. They are there to assist you in the care and health of your bird.
Possible / Potential Illness Signs in Your Bird
- Activity: sudden listlessness; sleeping when it normally does not; being quiet when it normally isn’t; decreased or not eating and/or drinking.
- Droppings (“poop”): any observable change in urates (white part) or feces lasting more than a day or two.
- Diarrhea: shows up as undigested food, droppings that don’t have the three distinct parts (green/brown, white and liquid urine), and weight loss. If you think your grey has diarrhea, contact your vet immediately.
- Weight loss: your bird feels “light” when you pick it up, keel bone becomes more prominent
- Feathers: abnormal looking feathers including things such as a prolonged molt or continuous presence of pinfeathers; unusual or dull color; broken, bent, picked or chewed feathers; fluffed up feathers all the time.
- Sneezing: our bird makes the noise of a “sneeze” and imitates the different sneeze from each person in the house – what you’re looking for is “their” sneeze with a possible discharge. Look for stained feathers over the nares or around the face or vent and / or crusty material in or around the nostrils.
- Regurgitating / Vomiting: greys and all birds regurgitate as a sign of “affection” – you’re looking for long periods of time which could indicate a crop infection
- Respiratory: signs of respiratory distress can include tail bobbing up and down with each breath and a change in breathing sounds, wheezing or clicking noise when it inhales.
- Balance: falling off its perch and huddling at the bottom of cage
- Eyes: appear dull and / or squinting; redness, swelling or loss of feathers around the eyes.
- Feet: scaly, flakiness, baldness or sores on the bottom of the feet
- Head: excessive head bobbing and shaking
Note: We cannot stress enough, if your bird is injured or sick, please contact your avian veterinarian immediately.