Last Updated on May 6, 2022 by Ali Shahid
It is everyone’s wish to have a healthy lovebird for the rest of their lives. But if you learn more about lovebird diseases, then it is possible to extend their life span.
All birds, like lovebirds, are quite good at hiding the fact that they are sick. The process of self-preservation is used for this reason, since the weak and sick tend to be the ones that predators focus on.
The moment your pet begins to show signs of illness, you can assume that he or she is seriously ill and that their condition will degrade rapidly if the appropriate treatment is not provided.
As a result of observing your lovebird every day, you will be able to learn its normal behavior as well as identify any odd behaviors.
There are a few things that you should be aware of that could indicate disease or illness in your pet, and you may need to seek the advice of your veterinarian.
Common Lovebird Diseases
It is possible that lovebirds, like other species of small birds, may also get chlamydiosis, which normally results in respiratory problems, weakness, liver troubles, and even death.
Additionally, lovebirds are also often the victims of yeast infections in their gastrointestinal tract (candidiasis) caused by the yeast Candida.
The loss of feathers in lovebirds can be due to a variety of infectious causes, including yeast and bacterial infections of the skin, especially inside the wings.
Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease (PBFD), or lovebird feather disease, affects parrots, macaws, and lovebirds, causing damage to their beaks, feathers, and immune systems. It is possible to see epilepsy in lovebirds from time to time.
In addition to reproduction problems, such as egg binding, that are frequently seen in other small birds, lovebirds are also susceptible to these problems.
In terms of deficiencies in nutrients, seed junkies are most likely to experience vitamin A and calcium deficiency. The fat content of seeds is higher than that of other foods so many seed eaters tend to be overweight as well.
Here is a list of some of the common illnesses your lovebirds could contract.
- Fighting injuries
- Respiratory ailments
- Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease
- Bacterial infections
- yeast infections
- Internal parasites
- Avian Pox Virus Infection
- Egg binding
- intestinal influenza
- Polyoma Virus Infection
Lovebirds Illness Symptoms
- Drooping of the head, tail, or wings
- Loss of appetite
- Despite having recently been cleaned, the cage is still very dirty
- Excessively plucking and picking at themselves, causing their feathers to fall out
- An abnormal sleep pattern
- In any case, any change in the usual routine
- Droppings that are abnormal in any way
- There is a plucky appearance, the feathers are ruffled
- Increase in Water Intake
- The amount of droppings is abnormally high. Abnormal droppings may indicate a serious illness such as PBFD, Chlamydiosis, etc. Some factors should be observed, such as discoloration of droppings, especially green, yellow, or green hues, abnormally thick or runny droppings, and an extremely large increase or decrease in the number of droppings carried daily.
- An upward and downward movement of the tail is constantly occurring
- Discharges from the nasal passages, beak, or eyes
- A certain posture of hunching over.
- A lump or swelling on the surface of the body
- It isn’t uncommon for lovebirds to feel anxious or depressed if they aren’t feeling well. If you notice that your bird seems withdrawn, that he/she shows little interest in flying, that they sleep a lot, or that they get overly edgy or excited when someone enters the room, it may be an indication that they are sick.
- A significant weight loss
- Those feathers on the face and head of the birds are covered in mucus as well as seeds that have not yet been digested
- An abnormal breathing pattern or breathing problem. Sneezing, wheezing, difficulty breathing while flying, and difficulty breathing while under the influence of colds are all signs of respiratory problems and serious signs of illness.
- A drooping tail, head, or wings and a drooping body
- Eyes that are puffy and dull
When you see any of the above-described symptoms, the best thing you can do in order to protect your pet is not to hesitate and to take them to a veterinarian as soon as possible for an examination.
Lovebirds Stroke Symptoms
- An unexpected fall from his perch
- As the bird falls, it makes screaming noises
- Flying in a way that gives the impression of disorientation
- Paralysis, which usually affects a single side of the body
- A condition in which a part of the eye is blind
- A loss of appetite over a long period
- Changes in behavior over the long run
How to Treat Lovebirds at Home
Some of you might live in a place where there are no veterinarians available. You should attempt to help your bird at home before you take her to a vet. The following steps can be taken in the meantime if you do not have access to a veterinarian or need to wait for one:
- Cover your bird’s cage with a blanket or put a heating pad under the cage to keep it warm
- The cage should be placed in a dark room so that your bird will have plenty of space to rest
- Do not make loud noises when playing with your bird
- Ensure that their food and water are readily available at all times
- Keep a close eye on their eating habits
- Keep their cages clean every day in order to prevent bacterial growth
- For at least 10 minutes a day, bring their cage into fresh air and sunlight (not direct sunlight)
- If you are feeding them an egg that has been boiled, break it up into tiny pieces. This ensures that they are receiving an abundance of calcium and other essential nutrients.
One thing you need to remember, if you feel that your bird is suffering from a severe condition, you should take the bird to the vet immediately.
How to Care for a Sick Lovebirds
- I believe the best option is to move the bird that is not feeling well to another cage in another room if you have more than one bird. Taking this measure can drastically reduce stress for your sick bird and reduce the spread of contagious diseases among the birds who are healthy and unaffected.
- To treat sick birds, you should see a vet who specializes in treating birds, commonly known as an avian veterinarian. Please contact your local avian vet as soon as possible if you think your lovebird may be sick in order to schedule an appointment.
- Depending on the kind of stress experienced, certain diseases can appear or worsen in birds. To ensure that your bird has access to food and water, you should reduce the handling of it as much as possible, and be sure that he has a quiet place in which he can rest. Lower perches can help reduce stress in your bird.
- When your bird is ill, you will need to provide additional heat as its body temperature is rapidly lost. To make sure your bird receives an optimal environment, provide it with a heat lamp set at a temperature between 80° and 85° F.
- To prevent the growth of bacteria in dirty cages, remove old cage liners or paper and clean out the food and water bowls with hot water and soap every day. In addition, you should disinfect the cage as well as all toys, dishes, and accessories once per week using a disinfectant that is safe for birds.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can psittacosis be cured?
The bacteria Chlamydia psittaci causes psittacosis, a lung infection that causes discomfort to the lung tissues. There are several birds in the parrot family, including budgerigars, lovebirds, and parakeets, which have been known to be carriers of Chlamydia psittaci. Antibiotics can be used to treat the disease effectively in these species.
Do lovebirds carry diseases?
Lovebirds can indeed be excellent companions, but owners need to be aware that while they may be highly intelligent and fun companions, they can also carry germs that can cause illness in others. Humans can contract a variety of illnesses from birds, including minor skin infections and severe diseases.
Can humans get diseases from lovebirds?
The disease Psittacosis, which is transmitted by birds, is caused by a bacterium called Chlamydia psittaci. It is believed that humans catch this disease from birds through the inhalation of dust or droppings containing feathers, secretions, or feces that are infected with the virus of the disease.
Ali Shahid is a veterinarian by profession and an animal lover. He loves to give expert opinions about different animals. He has worked in top organization of birds like Bigbird Feed and Poultry Research institute. He loves birds, especially parrots and has great experience in different parrot farms.