How to Care for a Sick or an Injured Bird?

injured bird

Careful observation is the key to a proper care of any bird and if you suspect your bird to be ill then you must act quickly. Most of the birds die when the owner fail to react or act fast enough. The fact is that, young birds are ones which are susceptible to illness.

Normally birds hide any symptoms of illness to avoid being the target of predators. And no two birds show the same signs or behave the same way when they are ill. The fast way to know the signs of illness in a bird is to know its normal behavior.

Symptoms of a Sick Bird:

  • Weight loss
  • Ruffled feathers
  • Keeping her head under a wing
  • Shivering when both of its legs are resting on the perch
  • Squatting while shivering
  • Excessive sleep
  • Unusual quietness
  • Decreased alertness
  • Increased amount of time spent at the feed dish
  • Lifeless or dull looking eyes

Once you see these symptoms in your bird try to act quickly or it may either lead to a stage beyond treatment or die.

Here are some of the things that you can do while your bird is sick:


The first thing that you can do is provide your bird a little heat than normal, that is to say, more heat than the room temperature. It needs this heat to repair itself than to maintain normal body temperature.

Try to keep your bird in an isolated environment for 24 hours in 86.0 to 89.6 degrees of Fahrenheit. The way to achieve this is to place a ceramic heating fixture near her cage.

caring for a sick bird


The second thing that you can do is to make your bird to eat the reason being, if your bird stops eating then it will become weak and could not fight the disease. Moreover the birds have a faster metabolic rate so it will lose weight quickly if it doesn’t eat or eat less than usual.

One way of making her to eat is to fill her dish with her favorite food and keeping it close to her perch. This will stimulate her to eat.

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A sick bird normally doesn’t eat and drink properly. This will lead to an increased amount of urine in her droppings and dehydration also. So, try to get enough water to your bird’s system.

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