Why Is My Parakeet Breathing Fast? And What to Do

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Why is my parakeet breathing fast? This is a common question that arises with parakeet owners.

The most frequent cause of your parakeet’s rapid respiration is that they are not feeling well. This indicates that your bird has respiratory problems and will require immediate medical care. 

Another indication that your bird is not feeling well is if you see them acting drowsy or not taking his food. The parakeet may occasionally breathe rapidly out of fear, but more often than not, it is because it is uncomfortable.

Let’s look closely at several causes of your parakeet’s rapid breathing and how to know if your parakeet is having trouble breathing before exploring what you can do to make your bird feel better.

Here’s Why Your Parakeet Is Breathing Fast?

When your parakeet is unwell, his breathing may become rapid. The bird is either stressed out or feels sick when respiration appears quick or somewhat strenuous compared to the expected. 

Both of them are harmful to your bird. Other symptoms of your bird’s illness may include shaking, a change in eating habits, or a variation in the tone of his voice. 

It’s time to take good care of your bird and bring them to a specialist if you notice these things happening.

What Signs Will My Parakeet Show When They Have Trouble Breathing?

1. Wheezing and Gasping 

The parakeet shouldn’t make much noise when breathing if any at all. If you begin to hear your parakeet wheezing or gasping, that means the bird is suffering from breathing problems, which you need to cure right away. 

Ensure you spend some time keeping an eye out for sneezing and coughing.

2. Bobbing Their Tails 

Even though we all breathe the same air, birds have a significantly different respiratory system from humans. 

The primary distinction between birds and other animals is the absence of a diaphragm, which allows their lungs to stay open most of the time.

So, how does a bird breathe without a diaphragm, you ask? Birds’ chests are compressed by specific muscles, which force air toward the air sacs. So, when your bird cannot use these muscles, a problem arises.

A bird may become unable to use these muscles if in distress. They will then be forced to breathe using their posterior muscles. 

The respiration will be quick since using the posterior muscles causes your parakeet to use more effort and cause their tails to bob upwards and downwards. Because this is a severe issue, you must get your parakeet to an avian veterinarian as soon as possible.

After that, the vet will know the problem and give the proper medication for the illness.

3. Nasal Discharge

This will be a significant sign that anything is obstructing your bird’s airways, whether it’s accompanied by sneezing or coughing, and you need to provide them relief with medication.

You must search for the illness called cyanosis. This looks like the skin has a bluish tint and indicates that the bird suffers from oxygen deprivation. This may occur I n extreme circumstances.

Take the parakeet in for a checkup if one or two of the symptoms mentioned above start to manifest. Early detection allows the veterinarian to administer your bird some of the necessary medication, which can quickly restore his health.

4. Breathing While Opening Their Mouth

Parakeets should constantly use their nares for breathing. But let’s say that during a respiratory infection, the mucus builds up and blocks their nares. In such situations, the parakeet will attempt to breathe quickly through an open beak.

If your parakeet exhibits this behavior, it is a warning sign you shouldn’t ignore because it indicates that your bird is unwell and may suffer from respiratory illness. This will demand quick response and treatment.

5. Coughing and Change of Voice

You will eventually be able to identify your parakeet’s voice. Your bird may have breathing problems if you realize that their voice doesn’t seem the same and they are coughing a lot. 

Your parakeet is likely inhaling more air than necessary since they are improperly using the tail bob to assist them in breathing. This could irritate their throat and lungs. 

On the contrary, coughing is a symptom of the blockage that makes them feel ill.

Final Word

Seeing your parakeet straining to breathe is always terrible because it might be anything from a simple disease to a potentially fatal tumor. 

You can have questions like “why is this happening to my parakeet?” or “why is my parakeet breathing fast?”

The best way to truly understand what’s happening is to see an avian veterinarian because the causes can vary. 

You may help your bird calm down unless you are confident that he is only stressed out. In that case, you should seek professional assistance.

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Lizzy Ashton

Lizzy Ashton

Hi, my name is Lizzy Ashton, and I’m from Louisiana.
I consider myself an expert when it comes to raising parakeets and have been doing it for many years now. I’m 32 years old, live with my boyfriend, and together, we have 7 parakeets at home.
Our home is full of light and greenery, which my birds love. We even let them fly around the house (windows closed, of course)!

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