Spotting a sick finch is most of the times an easy task, especially if you know what signs to look for. Most sick finches will become very docile and not move at all, they will stay clear of other birds and their activities and almost lose total interest in their surroundings. Food intake will drop and the bird unless treated may not fully recover.
Signs to look for may include: Head facing back, no longer sitting upright, tail and wings drooping very low, puffed up feathers, partially open eyes, fatigued and squatting on floor.
First steps for sickly birds:
- Catch it and remove it from its current environment. (Do Not delay on this, it may already be a little too late)
- A sick bird should be placed in its own cage and if possible one with a heat lamp. this is known as a quarantine cage. Having a quarantine cage will ensure you offer correct care for the bird without interference form other birds. It will also ensure you don't spread the potential disease.
- Food and Water. Ensure you have sufficient food and water in your quarantine cage. Offer the normal seed mix but also add a smaller dish with mealworms or maggots. this softer food may assist in recovery.
- If in a cold environment ensure a heat lamp is available. Besides the obvious heating benefits, the light itself will assist in production of antibodies.
- Once settled in the quarantine cage, begin your research to identify the problem or disease. Only then administer the correct medicine.
A list of common disorders:
- egg binding
- Parasitical worms
- Scaly face
- Air sac mites
- Overgrown Nails
- Lack of feathers