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    Unhappy Is my bird sick?

    I know it's rather bad form to join a forum to ask a question, but I'm really quite concerned, so I hope you can forgive this.

    We've just been out to out aviary and noticed that one of our birds looks very wet all across its breast. One of the others looks as if it might also have a wet patch on its throat.

    They do often splash around in their water, but I've never seen them this wet and I'm worried. At present, the wet bird seems to be behaving normally, but it could be that they symptoms (if that's what they are) have only just started?

    Is this normal behaviour? Should I be concerned?

    Can anyone offer any advice. It may be relevant that my Son has just bough some chickens and they're in the garden, outside the aviary.

    Thank you,


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    Re: Is my bird sick?

    If they are lovebirds, it's normal they get a bit wet if they have bathing water.? Some just a little, some get soaked. Some of mine roll on their back in the water dish.

    Can't say it sounds like an illness to me, keep an eye on them.


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    Quote Originally Posted by personatus View Post
    If they are lovebirds, it's normal they get a bit wet if they have bathing water.? Some just a little, some get soaked. Some of mine roll on their back in the water dish.

    Can't say it sounds like an illness to me, keep an eye on them.
    Thank you very much for your swift reply. I've been out again and checked and he seems fine now. I've seen them bathe a number of times, but just never seem them this wet before. They bathe in the waterer somehow. It does look as if everything's OK. It was just a bit of a surprise, I think. With that and the co-incidence of the chickens, I just put two and two together and got something other than four.

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    Re: Is my bird sick?

    Yeah some of my birds bathe in the waterer, most use the bath though. Some get a little damp, some get soaked ;D

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    Re: Is my bird sick?

    Quote Originally Posted by personatus View Post
    Yeah some of my birds bathe in the waterer, most use the bath though. Some get a little damp, some get soaked ;D
    This one was certainly soaked. I think it must be that the weather's warmed up, so it's making the most of it.

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    Re: Is my bird sick?

    well up here it's moult season. Especially for outdoor birds with the milder weather. bathing helps the moult process and eases the itching!

    you should take us some pics
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    Re: Is my bird sick?

    Some signs to look for if you think your bird may be sick (since they hide illness extremely well and by the time you notice it's sometimes too late):

    1. Abnormal poop coloration. I change the lining of my birds cage daily so I can monitor poop.

    2. Lethargic and puffed up all the time, possibly sitting on the bottom of the cage.

    3. Tail bobbing constantly (and not just because it was being active).

    4. Overall behavior change - not eating/drinking, inactive when once used to be very active, etc.

    5. Wet around the ear holes and/or nostrils (and not from a bath). Also mucus around the eyes.

    6. A lot of sneezing.

    Those are the ones I can think of off the top of my head, but I'm sure others will chime in with ones I've missed.

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