Common health issues during hand-rearing

Symptoms to be concerned about​​

Seek veterinarian attention for any of these symptoms and any other concerns you might have.

  • Weight loss

  • Respiratory disease

  • Diarrhoea of any colour and/or vomiting (wet head)

  • Slow crop emptying

  • Firm abdomen

  • Overstretching of the crop

  • Lethargy

  • Discharge from the eyes

  • Crusty lesions on the face and/or legs

  • Bumblefoot

Ducks
  • Splay leg

  • Angel wing

  • Mud balling

  • Trauma

  • Bumblefoot

Magpies
  • Aggression between birds

  • Stress and/or boredom

  • Bald head (normal moult especially in captivity)

  • Feather damage

  • Respiratory disease

  • Dehydration

  • Weight loss

  • Pox

  • Eye problems

  • Feet (first digit, bumblefoot)

  • Metabolic bone disease

  • Trichomoniasis

Sparrows & finches
  • Slow crop emptying

  • Over feeding (especially finches)

  • Retained feather shealths

  • Trichomoniasis

Starlings, Song Thrushes & Blackbirds
  • Parasites

  • Trichomoniasis

  • Pox

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