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Is Your Bird Bored or Sick?

Quick signs to look for in your bird's behavior

By Liz Wilson, CVT, CPBC

sick bird signs
Observe your bird's behavior to determine if it is sick or bored.
Courtesy Walter Malattia, California

A healthy, engaged bird should enjoy playing with its toys.

SICK

  • Ruffled feathers with shivering
  • Sleeps a lot
  • Loss of appetite
  • Clumsiness

 

BORED

  • Excessive screaming
  • Lack of interest in usual toys
  • Normal appetite but lethargic
  • Clean bill of health from avian vet

 


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Micheala, I'll try to answer the question as best as I can. Maybe your bird doesn't like her toys, or she's scared. Try introducing her to her toys by reassuring her that they are harmless.

Hope she'll be okay soon.
Grace, International
Posted: 12/17/2013 5:54:29 AM
good info
Valerie, paradise valley, AZ
Posted: 7/21/2011 7:27:52 PM
Nice to know.
Dan, Sandy Valley, NV
Posted: 5/31/2010 8:03:01 PM
I have had a budgie for six weeks now, she isn't playing with her toys. She doesn't fit in the sick category & I don't think she'd be bored; what else can I try?
Michaela, Sartell, MN
Posted: 11/27/2008 3:49:50 AM
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