When your Finch is Sick

A lot of people contact me about their sick finches, and it’s really hard to write out the questions (and then you don’t answer them…) So I am going to write them here. You can just paste into an email or on a forum, complete with your answers.

If you don’t have all the answers, no worries. Don’t be formal either. Just fill in what you can and get it to me.

*Nothing beats a visit with your veterinarian.* Don’t have one? Call the local bird rescue and ask them who they use.
Describe the symptoms. A video is even better. List every change, no matter how unimportant you think it is:

First, has your bird been to the vet yet ?

What was the diagnosis?

If you have a diagnosis, how were they diagnosed? Have you had any testing done (fecal smear, crop swab is often done on finches) to check for parasites and/or yeast?

What meds did they prescribe? Are you giving it to the others? Are they housed together?

If any have died: Have you had a dead one necropsied to determine a cause, if one can be found?

What protocols do you practice to treat for mites, air sac mites, worms, etc. — do you have an ongoing program? If so when were they last treated for air sac mites? What about the other treatments?

Have there been any changes you can think of that would have caused stress right at the beginning, like a new pet, new family member, moving cages, turning on the heat, starting a fireplace for the first time, etc. etc.

You can paste the Q&A in below and press submit if you prefer.