Injuries and diseasesBirds are masters at hiding pain and disease. So watch your birds carefully. Keep as much distance as possible. If there are any symptoms or doubts, please present the bird to an avian veterinarian as soon as possible. consult an avian veterinarian.
This non-exhaustive selection of possible signs may help you to evaluate your bird. Pay attention to nuances. Immediately remove the apparent cause with calm movements. To minimize stress to the bird, please do not intentionally touch the affected areas.
Posture: The bird sits in a manner that is somehow "different" or unusual compared to otherwise, such as stocky. It moves sluggishly. It may also sit fluffed up with back feathers sticking out or wing tips sticking out, i.e., less comfortable than usual. Or he pinches the eyes increased and/or longer together, if necessary. it pulls the lower eyelid over the eye. The bird may sit with its legs spread almost horizontally. An affected leg may not be completely retracted or. with the not completely retracted foot, which can also be injured, the claws remain open. A wing that is injured is often not loaded and hangs somewhat and lies z. B. less than the healthy. Also changes can show up at the cloaca.
Weight change: The weight of a bird should be checked regularly. What is the best way to do this? One option is to train the healthy bird to sit on a stand. If the bird sits here quietly, the stand can z. B. Placed on a kitchen scale. The bird to be put down on it. kitchen scales placed. The bird to be weaned on it. Weight reductions should make you attentive. Keep a parrot weight diary. Also match weight fluctuations with the bird's eating habits. Make sure the bird is eating and drinking in sufficient quantity and not just pretending to do so. Do not change the food overnight, but offer variations in different bowls at different heights, z. B. in larger stainless steel bowls at the height of perches. Standing in a large shallow clay dish on the aviary floor. Stainless steel bowls at the height of perches. Standing in a large flat clay plate on the aviary floor. Pay attention to clean bowls. Fresh drinking water daily. Check the feeding places for food remains. Whether food is actually being ingested. Observe the bird's drinking behavior, i.e., whether the bird is drinking excessively or perhaps not.
Other pain-inducing behavior can also be special confiding, conspicuous withdrawal or defensive behavior up to aggression. The bird appears idle or tired at times and has reduced, stopped, or is engaging in particularly extensive comfort behaviors such as playing or feather grooming, if applicable. is pecked particularly at a certain body place. Singing, imitation sounds or talking may be limited, screeching and calling conspicuously frequent.
Altered droppings: There are different reasons for the changes in droppings. Not all watery droppings are diarrhea; these should settle relatively quickly after food is ingested. If this is not the case, or if there is even blood, granules or eggshell fragments (in female birds) in the droppings, contact immediately (!) to an avian veterinarian.
Discharge, sneezing, the bird vomits: When parrots sneeze, it may have something to do with plumage dust or other particles in the air. If the bird has a cold and there is also discharge, it needs veterinary treatment by an expert specialist. The same is true if the bird is permanently gagging or vomiting. The eyes should be clear. Be clean without crusting or tearing.
Breathing: Some birds bob their tails more noticeably when in pain while breathing. If you ventilate regularly, safely and extensively without drafts (!) and provide adequate humidity and the bird still gets bad air, is short of breath, panting after flying or just like that, then acute action is needed and the bird should quickly to an avian veterinarian. You should also have an excessively frequent stretching of the neck with an open beak clarified.
AccidentsConsult an avian veterinarian immediately. If birds are treated promptly, broken bones have a chance to heal well. In the case of a broken beak, an attempt can be made to glue the lost part back on, there are also beak prostheses in individual cases. Alternatively, hand-feeding by syringe or spoon allows the bird to eat pureed food until its beak grows back. A bird with a concussion holds its head crooked, it staggers, has balance problems and slightly closed eyes. It needs absolute rest and no (!) additional heat supply (this increases the blood prere).
"Red Alert." If an otherwise untrusting bird, without withdrawing, touch or. Can be captured for transport without difficulty and without becoming balky. Or if the bird refuses food, sits on the aviary floor and hardly moves or does not move at all. Here you should not lose time, but immediately make the bird safe for transport and consult an avian veterinarian. Put the bird in a well padded box. Ensure low irritation. Stay as calm as possible and use the time on the way to the vet to sort out your most important questions.
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30. April 2022 voluntary meeting
You would like to volunteer with Parrot Friends North, no matter from which region? Have some time, a good idea for a fundraising project or want to get to know us first? Feel free to sign up for our volunteer meeting at contact "ad "parrotfriends-north.de. We start from 14:00 in digital format. We look forward to seeing you!
6. May 2022 Regulars' table Presence
We will meet from 19:00 at Lington's Restaurant Sachsenweg 85 in 22455 Hamburg for the lecture THE BIRDS OF NEW ZEALAND by Dipl.-Biologist Reinhard Schmidt-Moser. The current corona protection regulations of Hamburg apply. Members and guests are welcome. Please register no later than 2. May 2022 an at contact "ad "parrotfriends-north.en. We look forward to your participation!
3. June 2022 Regulars' Table Presence
We meet from 19:00 at Lington's Restaurant Sachsenweg 85 in 22455 Hamburg The current corona protection guidelines of Hamburg apply. Members and guests are welcome. Please register by no later than 1. June 2022 to under contact "ad "parrotfriends-north.en. We look forward to your participation!
11. June 2022 club outing
For the club excursion it goes into the zoo Hagenbeck under observance of the current Coronaschutzmabnahmen Hamburgs. Members and non-members are welcome. Please register by 30.04.2022 on under contact "ad "parrotfriends-north.de. Here you will also receive further information. We look forward to your participation!
18.-19.06.2022 Open house
At the Bottke family, Lensahner Strabe 18 in 23738 Beschendorf from 10:00-18:00 with delicious cake and fresh coffee. The Covid guidelines of Schleswig-Holstein apply.
10. International Parrot Congress 2022
26.-29. September 2022 Loro Parque, Tenerife. Early bird rate until 1. May 2022 extended. Further information here
25. Parrot meeting 2022 of the fund for endangered parrots
4.-6. November 2022, Darmstadt. Registration deadline 15.08.2022.