Symptoms and their treatment – If the bird is sick…

Pet birds can suffer from a multitude of illnesses which have to be treated by the vet. Vet Dr. Stanislav Piliar explains the most important symptoms and counter measures:

Parrot fever

Over 130 bird species can suffer from psittacosis, in particular parrots and canaries. It can be transferred from birds to humans. On principle, parrot fever can be treated successfully, but you should know the symptoms. Young and weak birds are most frequently affected. They seem apathetic, lose weight quickly, their feathers are ruffled up and there is a risk of dehydration. The disease is often accompanied by grey-green diarrhoea and a slimy run from the eyes and nose. Sick animals have to be quarantined and are treated with antibiotics.

Budgerigar Fledgling Disease

Budgies are mainly affected by this disease. It occurs at an age of about six weeks. The birds lose their wing and tail feathers. The plumage looks thin and shaggy. The feathers do regrow but fall out again soon. The vet will recommend an optimisation of feeding.

Scaly beak

Symptoms: scaly film with tiny holes on the beak edges, around the eyes or nose holes. Digging mites are at work here which bore through the horn layer of the bird’s skin. Many budgies carry a latent infection. This means that they do not get sick from the mite infestation until their immune system is affected by other disease or wrong nutrition. Once scaly beak has started, it can spread to the featherless skin on the legs and the area around the cloaca over time. The vet has to carry out the initial treatment. Special solutions soften the scales which are then detached carefully. The affected areas should then be treated further by the pet owner who drips a liquid onto the mites to kill them.

Short Info:  This is good for your bird!

    • Chewing sticks and nibbles are healthy treats which make birds actively “work” on their food.
    • Clean the bird cage thoroughly once a month. Spray perches and branches with mite spray after cleaning.
    • The bird sand should be replaced completely by fresh sand twice a week.
    • Birds particularly like millet. But careful: only give millet in moderation as too much can result in a fattening of the liver.
    • Budgies need lots of vitamins, minerals and trace elements while they change their plumage.
    • Birds are happy in a nice comfortable cage.


Budgies can suffer from capillary worms and intestinal roundworms. Several drugs can be used for an efficient treatment. A worm treatment three times per year is appropriate to avoid possible infestation.

Call into your local store today to discuss your bird’s personal needs with our Maxi Zoo Pet Experts.