Why is my budgie puffed up and eyes closed?

Birds fluff up their feathers to keep warm, and also when they relax for sleep and also when sick. A bird who sits puffed up much of the day is likely in trouble.

What does it mean when parakeets keep closing their eyes?

If your parakeet closes his eyes when you touch him, it usually indicates that he feels 100 percent cozy and safe while in your presence — a true honor. He’s taking great pleasure in your petting, and may even tilt his head downward as a way of encouraging even more of it.

What are the signs of a budgie dying?

If your budgie is dying you may notice some of these signs:

  • The bird is sitting on the bottom of their cage,
  • open mouth breathing,
  • heavily breathing,
  • vomiting, or.
  • head drooping.

What are the signs of a bird dying?

  • Puffed Feathers. Birds that are sick and dying tend to have a puffed up appearance to their feathers.
  • Poor Feather Condition.
  • Discharges.
  • Shivering and Shaking.
  • Difficulty Breathing.
  • Lack of Appetite.
  • Changes in Drinking.
  • Vomiting.

Why is my parakeet puffed up and breathing heavy?

If your parakeet is lethargic, and won’t respond to you calling or offering food, this is a sign of sickness. This may be accompanied by huddling low on its perch, puffing up the feathers or breathing heavily.

What are the symptoms of a sick budgie?

Sick budgies can go downhill very quickly so if you spot any of these symptoms get to your vet straight away:

  • Watery droppings.
  • Fluffed up feathers.
  • Lack of energy/sleeping more than usual.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Drinking much more or less than normal.
  • Unusual swellings.
  • Loss of feathers.
  • Limping or holding one leg up.

Can you look a parakeet in the eye?

Because their eyes are on the sides of their head they can’t really see directly ahead of them, but they do get a much better wide view. At home, you may notice your parakeet looks at you or whatever it’s focused on with just one eye.

Why does my parakeet fluff up when I talk to him?

Puffing and Posturing Parakeets puff up as a way of showing their excitement and getting attention, so he’s likely to do it when he’s ready for you to show him some love.

How do you treat a sick budgie at home?

Nursing Care for Sick Pet Birds

  1. Give all medications as directed.
  2. Keep your pet bird warm.
  3. Do not change your bird’s sleep cycle.
  4. Make sure your bird eats and drinks.
  5. Avoid stress.
  6. Separate sick birds.
  7. Notify your personal physician if you become ill.
  8. Notify your veterinarian if your bird’s condition worsens.

What do you do if you find a sick bird?

If you find a sick or injured bird, contact a wildlife rehabilitator or local veterinarian to see if they are able to care for it. Make sure you call first as some clinics don’t have the facilities to isolate sick birds, and can’t take the risk of spreading a communicable disease among their other birds.

What are the signs of a sick parakeet?


  • poor general appearance (feathers look ratty)
  • fluffed feathers (looks fatter)
  • not eating, changes in eating habits, or reduced appetite.
  • changes in amount of drinking.
  • weakness.
  • drooping wings.
  • listlessness, inactivity, depression.
  • reluctance to move.

What does it mean when a parakeet’s eyes are open?

Wide open eyes in parakeets and other birds, however, tends to point to the polar opposite of relaxation and happiness. If your parakeet’s eyes remain open and blink-free, it often signifies anxiety, fear and uncertainty.

Is it normal for a parakeet to puff up?

It is a normal behavior and parakeets (and other birds) are known to do this regularly. However, if your parakeets is puffed up for a prolonged period of time, or general appears weak, tired, anxious or is sitting at the bottom of the cage, it is likely your parakeet is sick. In this situation you should visit a vet at the earliest opportunity.

Why does my parakeet shiver during the night?

One possibility is an infestation of feather mites, who keep your bird awake during the night with their blood-sucking attentions. Fluffed up feathers. This indicates that your bird is too cold. There are two causes of this — either your cage or aviary is too cold, or the bird is unwell. A cold parakeet may shiver too.

Can a sick bird open one eye while awake?

healthy birds usually have both eyes wide open while awake. If the eyes start closing, and it’s not because you’re scratching a birdie head and inducing pure birdie joy, the bird might be sick. Oh, and be careful: birds often close one eye but not the other. You may not