My bird started sleeping during the day and his breathing is labored. His droppings are yellow and watery. He also has crust around his eyes. Can you help?

Get him to an avian veterinarian immediately. He is very ill. He may have a bacterial or Chlamydial infection, which is affecting his respiratory system. The droppings sound like severe stress droppings or those seen with a gastrointestinal or kidney infection. First aid is to supply heat to his environment (have an area of the cage up 80-85 degrees F) known as a hot zone. Then get him to your avian veterinarian.

Answered by Cathy Johnson-Delaney, DVM, Dipl. ABVP-Avian Practice, Dipl. ABVP-Exotic Companion Mammals. 


  1. Here is a list of symptoms of Chlamydia from LG: “SYMPTOMS OF CHLAMYDIA INFECTIONS: Lethargy, Rough Plumage, Diarrhea, Conjunctivitis, Sinusitis (in Budgerigars), Closed Eyes, Low Body Temperature, Yellow/Greenish Droppings, Grayish, watery droppings.”

    You can find more information and purchase medication to treat Chlamydia in Finches here:

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