Birds tend to hide their disease symptoms longer than other pets, so any change in their usual routine should prompt a visit to an avian veterinarian.
When birds appear fluffed, it is their way of showing that they have a fever. Fluffing the feathers traps more warm air against the skin under the feathers and helps the bird stay warm. It is generally a sign of illness. In combination with a decrease in activity, and likely a decrease in appetite, your pet should be soon as possible. Little birds like parakeets have very little in the way of fat reserves, and even a day or two makes a huge difference. Never take a “wait and see” approach when it comes to your avian pet.
Please contact us as soon as possible so we can make an appointment with one of our experience avian veterinarians. Feel free to call me today, Dr. Peter Helmer 813 885 4477