Enteritis in Budgerigars: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Options

One of the most common health issues that budgerigar owners come across is enteritis, and a swollen intestinal tract. In this article, we’ll explore more about enteritis in budgies, including its causes, symptoms, and treatment options.


Enteritis in budgerigars can be caused by a variety of factors, including bacterial, viral, and parasitic infections. Common bacterial infections that can lead to enteritis include Salmonella and E. coli, while viral infections such as avian flu and avian adenovirus can also cause enteritis. Parasitic infections, such as coccidiosis and giardiasis, can also lead to a swollen intestinal tract.

Other factors that can cause enteritis in budgerigars include stress, poor nutrition, and environmental factors such as too many birds being in one cage, or poor hygiene. Exposure to toxins or other harmful substances can also lead to a swollen intestinal tract.


Faeces showing signs of Enteritis

The symptoms of enteritis in budgerigars can vary depending on the cause. Common symptoms may include:

  • Diarrhea or loose, watery droppings
  • Loss of desire for food, or weight loss
  • Lethargy or weakness
  • Increased thirst or urination
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain or distension

If you notice any of these symptoms in your budgerigar, it’s crucial to seek vet care as soon as possible. If you do not do anything, enteritis can lead to dehydration, malnutrition, and other serious health issues.

Treatment Options

Treatment for enteritis in budgerigars will depend on the cause. In most cases, your avian vet will perform tests such as blood work, fecal testing, and imaging to determine the cause of your bird’s symptoms.

Treatment options may include antibiotics or antiparasitic medications to treat infections, as well as adding some form of fluids and extras to help your bird recover, and changes to reduce stress and improve hygiene.


Preventing enteritis in budgerigars requires proper care and attention to your bird’s health. This includes giving your budgies a clean and well looked after environment, feeding a nutritious diet, and giving them regular vet care.

Additionally, it’s crucial to practice good hygiene practices such as washing your hands before and after handling your bird and cleaning and disinfecting your bird’s cage regularly.

In conclusion, enteritis is a common health issue that can affect budgerigars. Understanding the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for enteritis can help you provide proper care and attention to your bird’s health. If you suspect that your budgerigar may be suffering from enteritis or any other health issue, it’s crucial to seek vet care as soon as possible.