Why Do Parakeets Fluff Up?

Does your bird fluff up his feathers? Although it might look cute, there are actually a few behavioral or health reasons why your pet might be puffing up! Here are a few of the most common.


Why Parakeets Fluff Up:


  1. They’re Chilly - You bird may be feeling a bit chilly. Puffing up is a way for birds to conserve body warmth. You may notice that birds tend to look “fuller” on cold, winter days. Birds fluff up to trap as much air as possible in their feathers. The more air they trap, the warmer they are.  If your bird looks cold, it might be time to turn up the heat!

  2. Your Bird is Sleepy - Parrots sometimes puff up their feathers when they’re ready to sleep for the night. If your parrot looks fluffed up, he may just be getting ready for a nap.

  3. Your Feathered Friend is Upset - Puffing feathers is also a sign that your pet is upset. Keep an eye out for other body signals, like keeping the wings distant from the body and twisting the tail.

  4. He Is Feeling Under the Weather - The last and more serious reason why your pet may fluff up is because he or she isn’t feeling well. If your pet is fluffed up for most of the day, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. Birds tend to hide sickness very well. If you notice any unusual behaviors or symptoms (like fluffed feathers), especially when paired with sticky poop, loss of appetite, etc., be sure to take your feathered friend to the vet for a checkup.


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