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Old 02-19-2017, 01:30 PM
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Hello! I'm new here. My wife and I got a quaker parrot about a week ago. It's our first bird and are really excited about being bird owners. Our bird is named Kiwi and she is about 8 years old and was used as a breeder bird for the past 7 years. She is very nice, we can handle her with out fear of being bitten even after only a week.

I'm trying to get some opinions on if she may be sick. We won't have the money to see an avian vet for about 2 weeks and I'm just worried after doing research on quaker behaviors and body language.

She sits with her feathers fluffed up for about 60-70% of the time when she is awake. She plays with her toys and overall doesn't act sick though I know that is normal even if she is sick. But as she is new to us and us to her, we don't know if this is normal for her or not. I attached pictures of her fluffed up.

Do you think she is sick? Should we be worried and scrape up some money to get her checked out sooner than 2 weeks from now?
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Old 02-19-2017, 01:44 PM
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Re: Possibly sick quaker?

If you are as loving and caring as you sound... I think I'd scrape up the money. Regrets are such a sad thing. If she IS sick... and gets worse... well...

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Re: Possibly sick quaker?

Is it warm enough in her cage? Parrots do this to conserve body heat when cold, but it's also a common warning sign of illness. I don't know your connection to the previous owners...is she a rescue, did you get her from friends or purchase her from a store or breeder...but if she's done this since you've had her she may have been sick when she arrived and the formers should have told you. Many vets will let you set up an account or use credit cards, and if she is ill it will be much cheaper to treat her early. Plus once a parrot begins to look sick, they are often quite sick, because they hide their illnesses and injuries as much as they can.
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Re: Possibly sick quaker?

Hello, welcome to the forum. She is an adorable little Quaker parrot, and it's very unusual that a breeder bird of 7 years is tame at all, usually you can't get anywhere near them, so you are very lucky to have found her. That being said, she does look like she may be unwell, and as you have already said, it means nothing that birds try to act like they aren't sick because they try to hide illness at all costs. And by the time they are outwardly showing any symptoms of illness they are often VERY SICK and need treatment immediately. I am tempted to think that part of the reason she is so tame and letting you handle her right away is because she is sick, that's not uncommon at all. As Abigail stated, I would hate for you to lose her so early and have regrets. A good practice to follow is that if you have any inkling that your bird is sick, you need to take them to a certified avian vet ASAP, do not hesitate. Much better safe than sorry.

I have a blue male Quaker parrot that is almost a year old and I love him dearly. He had an upper respiratory infection when he was around 6 months old, and his very first outward sign that he was sick was being fluffed up all the time. I immediately took him to my avian vet, he did a throat/mouth/crop culture and then another from his nostrils, and sure enough he had a bad upper respiratory infection and needed an oral antibiotic, an antibiotic injection while we were there, and nebulizer treatments twice a week at the vet's office. He got much sicker as the week went on before he started to get better. Had I not taken him immediately he would not be here now.

Please get her to a certified or at least qualified avian vet ASAP, 2 weeks is way too long to wait, you need to get it as early as possible.

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Re: Possibly sick quaker?

Hello, and welcome to the Parrot Forums family!

I agree with the above posts wholeheartedly. Excellent advice! As Kentuckienne mentioned, birds do fluff up like that to conserve heat when it's cold. So it's possible she isn't sick. But it's also quite possible that she's masking something serious. If your instincts are telling you something may be wrong, the best course would be to take her in to see the vet. Birds really do hide any signs of illness. I've seen it first hand. So yes, I would take her in to be sure.

Besides, if you are 2 weeks away from being able to take her to the vet anyway, then a credit card might be your best bet. Or you could call ahead to the vet and see about setting up a payment plan. Some places are really good about that.

Just make sure that the vet you go to is a certified avian vet.
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Re: Possibly sick quaker?

My bird kind of acted that way for a couple weeks when I first got her but was just adjusting to her new environment, she was also super sweet in those couple of weeks but I soon found out she was just shy. It is always a good idea to take a new bird to the vet for a checkup regardless if there is signs or not, even more so for an older, ex breeder. As to when to take her I can't answer that but better to be safe than sorry if possible!
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Thank you for all the replies! We ended up taking her to the vet today, because you are all correct, better safe than sorry. The Vet was awesome and very knowledgeable and experienced. He played with her for about an hour and asked us a bunch of questions. He was very skeptical of her age and the fact that she was a breeder bird ever in her life. We were told from the lady we got her from she was 8 years old and a breeder, however the vet read her foot band and it said she was born in 2002, but she acts like a very young bird, maybe 1 or 2 years old, and her feet don't have any of the signs an older bird would have.

He said he didn't see anything that would cause a concern right now, poop is normal, lungs and heart sound fine, no plucking, she was preening in front of him which was a surprise for him. He just said she seems like she is adjusting to her new environment, she acts like a very young bird and that she has alot to learn. He said to keep an eye out and if anything changes for the worse to come back immediately, and that he would follow up with us in a week to see how she is doing.

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Re: Possibly sick quaker?

You are my favorite Quaker parront in the whole wide world..hope all stays well.
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Do unscrupulous people remove bands from dead birds and put them on illegal babies? Is there something odd going on? Oh, I hope you are all off to a great start!
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I'm so glad all seems to be well! And that you seem to have found a really good vet. Looking forward to many more updates about your sweet quaker.
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