Health & Veterinary Care:
If taken care of, the parakeet is a hardy pet well worth the money and effort! The most common problem with parakeets is feather plucking. This is usually caused from loneliness and boredom. This is why it’s important to interact with your bird and provide it with a friend.
Some signs of illness to be aware of are droppings that are not black and white, feathers that are ruffled, lack of appetite, wheezing, molting out of season, and lethargy. Some of the common illnesses and injuries your parakeet could contract are broken wings or legs, cuts and open wounds, overgrown beaks and nails, ingrown feathers (feather lumps), feather picking, false molt caused by mishandling or a poor diet, confinement cramps in the legs from a cage that is too small, weight loss, heat stroke, shock, concussion, egg binding, diarrhea, mites, colds, baldness, scaly legs, sore eyes, tumors, loss of song, constipation and diarrhea. Contact your vet immediately if you suspect any injuries to your feather friend!