Common Lovebird Diseases


An elderly Lutino Lovebird (over 20 years old) that developed red feathers in the last year of its life. Small photo on top before, larger photo below in the end.Lovebirds, like all birds, are very adapt at concealing their illness. This is a self-preservation mechanism, as the sick and the weak are the ones predators will focus on. By the time your lovebird looks ill, you can assume that your pet is seriously sick and is likely to deterioriate quickly unless appropriate treatment is provided.

By observing your lovebird daily you will learn its normal behavior and you will be able to notice anything out of the ordinary. Below is a list of things to look out for as possible indicators of disease / illness; and a vet may need to be consulted.

 

Signs of illness to watch out for:

Critical / Serious - bird needs to be taken to vet:

  • respiratory problems / abnormal breathing
  • tail constantly moving up and down
  • discharge from the beak, eyes or nostrils
  • face and head feathers coated with mucus and semi-digested seed
  • abnormal droppings
  • abnormal feathers, feather growth, bleeding feathers, or abnormal molt bleeding
  • drooping head, tail or wings
  • dull or swollen eyes
  • falling off the perch
  • hunched over posture
  • lumps or swellings on the body
  • sitting on the bottom of the cage
  • vomiting
  • weight loss

Could be serious - consult with vet:

  • loss of appetite
  • fluffed up and/or untidy appearance
  • abnormal droppings
  • excessive feather picking or plucking
  • abnormal sleep pattern (continuous, both feet on the perch when normally one foot is tucked up, head tucked under the wing, head turned towards the wing with eyes only partly closed)
  • any change in normal activities ( talking or whistling, playing with toys, preening, interaction with other birds or humans, energy levels, different perching area)
  • disorientation
  • drinking a lot more water than usual
  • soiled vent
  • drooping head, tail or wings

Diseases / Health Problems Lovebirds Commonly Come Down With

  • Malnutrition:
    • Vitamin A and calcium deficiency are the most common deficiencies seen in seed junkies. Since seeds are higher in fat than many other foods, many seed eaters are often obese as well.

What you can do:

Introducing healthy foods - such as green leafy vegetables; red or orange fruits and veggies (which contain beta-carotene) - is a natural way to provide this nutrient safely. Calcium blocks should be provided also, to prevent calcium deficiency.

For seed addicted birds offer sprouted seeds instead. Sprouted or germinated seeds are usually more easily accepted by "seed addicts" than fresh fruits and vegetables.

  • Sprouted seeds are healthier as the sprouting changes and enhances the nutritional quality and value of seeds and grains. Sprouted seeds are lower in fat, as the process of sprouting utilizes the fat in the seed to start the growing process - thus reducing the fat stored in the seeds.
  • Sprouted seeds will help balance your bird’s diet by adding a nutritious supply of high in vegetable proteins, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and chlorophyll.
  • Soaked and germinated "oil" seeds, like niger and rape seeds, are rich in protein and carbohydrates; while "starch" seeds, such as canary and millets, are rich in carbohydrates, but lower in protein.
  • It is an invaluable food at all times; however, it is especially important for breeding or molting birds. Sprouted seeds also serve as a great rearing and weaning food as the softened shell is easier to break by chicks and gets them used to the texture of seeds.

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Information contained on this website is provided as general reference only. For application to specific circumstances, professional advice should be sought.

Comments

My love bird dead suddenly and I dont know why .. one morning I hear her sound and wake up i found her try to drink water but but she cant reach it so i superise so i stand and go to see what happen i found thay she cant move one of her legs .. i take a picture and send it to one of my friends and he told me maybe her leg is broken and that normal i move her to another cage small one .. but she refuse to leave me .. than my brother give her i think mute vit .. and then the my lovely bird refuse to eat then suddenly in the night she start vomit every half hour than suddenly in the moring i hear her sound try to move so i speak to her suddenly she fell in the ground and dont move i think she is sleeping but because i am shocking i ran to my mother and brother to see her .. they said she was die but i still think maybe she not die but sleep because she not sleep will last night and me too i am not sleep to see her .. but i cant believe she die after i hear her sound and she was trying to move away from me ..

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