Budgerigars health

Vital signs to look out for every day to stop your budgie from getting poorly. What should you do if your budgie’s nails or beak becomes overgrown?


Visit your vet straight away if your budgie has any of these signs of illness:


  • Watery droppings
  • Fluffed up feathers
  • Lack of energy/sleeping more than usual
  • Loss of appetite
  • Drinking much more or less than normal
  • Unusual swellings
  • Loss of feathers
  • Limping or holding one leg up
  • Unusual bleeding
  • Watery eyes or nostrils
  • Overgrown beak
  • Be alert to any change in your pet’s behaviour as this could point to the possibility of illness.


Get to the vet: Birds hide signs of disease as long as they can. If your bird looks unwell they may be in an advanced stage of disease. Medical conditions can worsen in birds very quickly, so don’t hesitate: get to the vet.

Will my vet treat my budgie? 
Ask your vet if they are an avian (bird) vet or where you can locate one in your area. An avian vet has a special interest in treating birds, will be able to give the best advice and will have the most appropriate facilities. 

What should I do if one of my budgies gets overgrown nails? 
Take it to your vet to have them trimmed. If regular trimming is required, your vet can show you how to do this. The right type of perch should keep nails at the right length naturally: see How to choose the perfect perch for your budgies health.

What should I do if one of my budgies gets an overgrown beak? 
Take it to your vet to have it filed down. An overgrown beak can make eating difficult. This uncommon problem happens when the upper and lower beak do not meet properly, so the beak doesn’t wear down naturally.