We guide you on how to know if your canary is sick. When we notice any of these symptoms, we must act as soon as possible, because if we do not treat it between 24 and 48 hours, the canary could die. For the treatment we have to take it to a bird specialist. For its sake, never try to treat it without an expert’s diagnosis. Below we reveal the symptoms that manifest a disease or incubation in these birds.

Cupping of the feathers or balling of the canary

One of the most obvious symptoms of disease in this type of bird is balling or cupping of feathers. In other words, the way in which they combat a drop in body temperature is by curling into a ball, thereby creating an interior hot air chamber that keeps them warm.

A lack of liveliness

Remember that little vivacity is not characteristic of them. The normal thing for a healthy canary is that it sings and moves constantly. If he moves without coordination you should also take him to the vet. Also, stopping singing is the first sign that a male is sick.

Diet imbalance or diarrhoea

In case of increased appetite and thirst, if he is losing weight quickly, has diarrhea or you see blood in his stool, you should find out what is happening to your bird. Also if you notice a swollen or red belly or if a dark vein crosses it, it could have enteritis or fungi. To find out, the most appropriate thing would be to perform a stool analysis, but consult your veterinarian.

Unkempt plumage and itching

On the other hand, if his feathers are down and tangled, or he suffers some loss of feathers when it is not the summer season and especially if he is nervous or scratches continuously, do not rule out the possibility that mites and lice are bothering your pet.

Mood is important too

Take care of your canary if you see that he is sad or downcast, because he may have a little wound that you do not know and that must be treated. On the other hand, if your pet wheezes, sneezes, coughs or breathes with his beak open and gasps, he may have a respiratory illness that needs to be treated.

Control your sleep hours

Finally, remember that an adult canary that is healthy does not sleep during daylight hours. Another symptom that deserves a trip to the bird specialist is having your eyes closed and swollen.

If your canary suffers from one or more of these symptoms, do not hesitate to go to a specialist as soon as possible.


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