When should a Wellness Check be performed?


Many new Parrot Owners ask - When should a Wellness Check be performed?


Many new Parrot owners are not aware of the fact, that the first thing they should do, is get a Wellness checkup for their new Parrot. This is true whether it is a Baby or an Adopted Parrot.
If you have an Avian Certified Veterinarian with in your community, this is the person to have perform the check-up and also perform at least annual physicals thereafter. If a Certified Avian Veterinarian is not available, call around and find a Veterinarian that performs Avian services.
If you have just purchased a new Parrot, many Breeders only allow 72 hours for you to get a Veterinarian check-up for your Parrot and return it if there is a serious problem. You should schedule an appointment with your Avian Veterinarian to get this done first thing, in the given time period your Breeder provides.
Your first visit is the time to also have a DNA sexing performed, if you have not done so. You should also ask about any Vaccinations they may reccomend for your area and any outdoor exposure you may be planning on for your Parrot.
Below is a list of symptoms of illness in Parrots. If your Parrot shows one or a combination of these symptoms, call your vet immediately. Serious and emergency conditions are highlighted in red.

  • Discharge from the eyes
  • Change in clarity or color of the eyes
  • Abnormally long or constant Closing of the eyes when not sleepy
  • Swelling around the eyes
  • Discharge from the nostrils
  • Obstructed nostrils
  • Soiling of feathers on head or around nostrils
  • Matting of feathers around top of head or ears
  • Sudden feather loss when not in molting season
  • Sneezing constantly, a sneeze or two a day is common
  • Scaly skin around eyes, beak, legs or feet
  • Inability to manipulate food within the mouth
  • Reduced appetite or not eating at all
  • Constant Fluffed-up feathers
  • Unusually long Inactivity
  • Gagging or stretching of the neck
  • Drooping or Bent wings
  • Decreased preening and feather maintenance
  • A change in the Parrots routine
  • Change in or no vocalization – possibly serious
  • A Weight loss of greater than 10%
  • Equilibrium problems – very serious
  • Inability to perch – bird rests on the bottom of the cage
  • Limping or not bearing weight on one leg
  • Swollen feet or joints
  • Change in Color or quantity of droppings
  • Undigested food or blood in droppings
  • Open-mouthed breathing when at rest – very serious
  • Tail pumping (rhythmic back and forth motion of tail when resting)
  • Lumps or masses anywhere on the body
  • Bleeding –this is always an emergency situation, regardless of the origin
Not all symptoms of sickness are life-threatening. Most illnesses can be treated with proper and consistent care. The important thing is to recognize the signs of illness, and get the bird to a vet as quickly as possible.
In emergency situations, one can’t get help fast enough. If the emergency occurs after hours and your regular avian vet is unavailable, you’ll have to take your bird to an emergency animal hospital. Because some of these clinics don’t treat birds, you’ll want to investigate which emergency hospitals do offer avian services BEFORE an emergency occurs.