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My Parakeet is Acting Funny

I have a parakeet that just recently started acting funny... climbing and clinging to the side walls of the cage and the top of the cage, picking at it's back side like there's no tomorrow. It sometimes seems hyper. It's feathers are a little ruffled, but it's been eating like crazy and drinking like crazy. It doesn't seem to be pooping as much as it should... Any ideas?


Only1 from Rochester, NY

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May 24, 20060 found this helpful


My friend tried to fix her bird alone and it died

so go to a vet or at least call a vet or 24 hour

animal hospital for tips or idea of what it could be.

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May 24, 20060 found this helpful

You did not say if your bird is a male or female, if it is a female she could be egg bound, Please take her to a vet a s a p

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June 7, 20060 found this helpful

Thanks everyone, I brought him to a vet, said everything appeared to be OK except he needs iodine... seems he has a goiter because he doesn't eat his veggies like he should. Also, I found out that parakeets can act funny during or after molting and if their wings aren't clipped, they can suddenly act as if they're the boss.

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April 5, 20070 found this helpful

Is your bird molting or recently molted? Picking at it's butt can just be it's coating it's feathers. Right at the base of their body above the tail they have an oil gland. They use this oil to coat their feathers.

If it's picking closer to it's cloaca (vent) it could be a more serious problem like egg binding which someone already mentioned.


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January 7, 20090 found this helpful

We had 2 parakeets but we lost one. Would it be okay if we got another parakeet? They told us that it was they were both brother's, but one was a girl. we are just wondering if we got another bird would our male parakeet get along with the other bird? Or would he dominate the other bird. or would he be happier with some to play with. it would be a new born bird also, so we can raise it right, we also have another question my bird is *grooming* and he is squeaking extremely loud when he cleans like he is biting himself or he get startled.


Thank you.

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February 2, 20170 found this helpful

They are very social birds. They are better off with company.

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July 12, 20170 found this helpful

My parakeet is pooping like cazy and isn't eating or drinking what shoud I do

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