Common Budgie Eye Problems {What To Do About Them}

Have you noticed some changes in the physical appearance of your budgie’s eye?

Are you afraid it is inflicting pain on your budgie and costing it its vision?

Don’t worry as this article will help you identify these problems, and also help you solve them.

Common Eye Issues in Budgies

Budgies have an amazing type of eyes that helps them with their vision. These eyes are useful to the bird and provide an advantage over many animals.

The eyes encounter a lot of problems as much as they are vital to the bird.

The most common eye issues in budgies include

  • Mycobacteriosis
  • Psittacosis
  • Salmonellosis
  • Vitamin A Deficiency
  • Eye Infection

More information about these conditions below. 

1. Mycobacteriosis

Mycobacteriosis is an infection in birds and other vertebrates caused by bacteria in the Mycobacterium genus. The main organisms that cause the disease are the Mycobacterium Genavense and Mycobacterium Avium.

Other species of these organisms have been found in different animals, but these are most likely found in budgies and parrots.

This infection majorly affects the hepatic and gastrointestinal systems of the bird, especially those held in captivity. It is a fatal disease and can cost your bird its life if not treated quickly.

Mycobacteriosis is highly contagious, and birds can contact it through various means, including contaminated water, bacterium shed in feces, food sources, etc.

Symptoms you should look out for include

  • Lethargy
  • Labored Breathing
  • Diarrhea
  • Increased Urination
  • Gradual Wasting
  • Weight Loss
  • Poor Feather Condition

Birds are capable of hiding their sickness until it gets to the stage; they won’t be able to hide it anymore. You will only see these symptoms at the latter stage of the sickness.

This could be a sign they are dying. Check here to make sure. 

  1. Treating mycobacteriosis in budgies can be challenging, especially if the disease is at its severe stage. If your budgie has this infection, you should euthanize the bird and help it get rid of its troubles.
  2. In the case of the early stage of the disease, you can treat the bird using antibiotics, anti-tuberculosis, and quarantine it.
  3. If you have a large group of birds with the infection, these bacteria are capable of leaving a host for before all they eventually die.

Make sure you do not use the same area for other budgies until after 2 to 3 years.

2. Psittacosis

Psittacosis is a type of disease that affects budgies, other types of birds, and some mammals. Several bacteria cause this infection, but Chlamydophila Avium, Chlamydophila Psittaci, and Chlamydophila gallinaceum are the most common ones.

It is highly contagious and can get transmitted from one bird to another or from a bird to a mammal.

Budgies can contract the disease through different means, even without coming in contact with infected birds.

They only have to contact objects, items, or even humans, the infected budgie contacted. They can also become infected if kept with infected ventilation in a room with little ventilation.

The disease’s symptoms in budgies can be dormant because birds are good at hiding their problems until it becomes too severe to hide.

Symptoms you should look out for include:

  • Puffy and Swollen Eyes
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Anorexia
  • Lethargy
  • Fluffed Feathers
  • Fear (see here)

The symptoms of the disease start to show about 3 to 6 days after infection. 

Your budgie can die if you do not treat it with psittacosis, as over 50% of birds die when left untreated. To treat your budgie of psittacosis, you must administer doxycycline, an antibiotic in the tetracycline cycle.

Administer this drug daily for 45 days till your budgie recovers, and you stop noticing it.

3. Salmonellosis

Salmonellosis is one of the common diseases of budgies. The infection, salmonellosis, occurs when bacteria from the genus Salmonella infest the bird’s intestinal tract.

It often begins as an intestinal tract infection before graduating into more complicated ones.

The disease is highly contagious and can spread from one infected budgie to others in the vicinity. Budgies can get infected when they feed on contaminated foods and water.

Every contamination is mostly from the droppings of the infected birds.

Symptoms you should look out for include

  • Lethargy
  • Diarrhea
  • Ruffled Feathers

Once you start noticing these symptoms, your budgie has a few days (about 2 to 3) to live.

To treat your bird of this infection, you should make use of kaolin-based medications. You can also provide them with enough clean water to keep them from dehydrating during this period.

Also, make sure your budgie eats well for the medication to take rapid effect.

Vitamin A Deficiency

Vitamin A is essential for the good health and immune system of budgies. Lack or deficiency of this vitamin can lead to a lot of health issues in your budgie. It will also affect the bird’s daily activities, causing it to be unable to perform some task.

Your budgie can experience a deficiency in vitamin A when you feed it with only seeds, and you do not offer it a variety of fruits. It can also experience vitamin A deficiency if you do not provide it with highly nutritious pellet foods.

Most vitamin A deficiency results from inadequate feeding, and the good news is that you can treat it easily.

Deficiency in Vitamin A has many symptoms that include

  • Conjunctivitis
  • Sneezing
  • Nasal Discharge
  • Polyuria
  • Dyspnea
  • Poor Feather Quality
  • Anorexia

You can also notice white plagues at the sinuses, nose, and eyes. Birds on a poor diet can also experience vitamin A deficiency.

To treat your budgie of this problem, you will have to increase the quality of its diet and make sure you get the best of your pet.

You can also give your budgie medications like parenteral vitamin A. You can also give it precursors like spirulina. 

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Budgie Eye Infection Home Remedy

You can try:

  1. gently washing their eyes with sterile saline solution. You should only need a couple of drops for each eye. This should help bring some comfort.
  2. If you are unable to get saline drops, another option is to prepare some chamomile tea.
  • allow it to come to room temperature
  • use a cotton ball to dab a small amount of the tea into their eyes

These tips will simply assist alleviate the general discomfort, but the condition will not be cured by doing so. Your budgie needs to have a veterinarian write a prescription for the appropriate medicine.

Although we can suggest some home treatments to ease their eye, these are not cures and will not help them get better. The only person who can effectively diagnose or treat your little one is an avian vet.

Why Budgie Closing One Eye?

Here are some reasons why your budgie is closing one eye:

1. Sleeping or Tired

Budgies may only close one eye at a time, or they may give the appearance that they are sleeping with one eye partially open.

As long as your budgie doesn’t appear listless or anxious, closed eyelids may indicate that the bird is pleased or dozing off.

Budgies close their eyelids while they are:

  • resting
  • preening themselves
  • unwinding
  • demonstrating devotion to their owners or partners.

2. Illness

If a budgie has conjunctivitis or if it has material embedded in its eye, it will squint.

Parakeets are lively birds that frequently maintain a state of alertness throughout the day. If you notice that your budgie is continually napping, squinting, or shutting its eyes, this is a sign that it is most likely ill. 

3. Affection

When you pet an animal, you may notice that it may occasionally close its eyes as a sign of affection. When you stroke your budgie’s head or touch it, it may close its eyes and blink whenever you do either of those things.

Do Budgies Have Good Eyesight?

Yes. Although budgies have a wide field of vision. For such a little bird, budgies have excellent vision and can discern finer details better than we can.

  • The eyesight of parakeets is far more acute than that of humans.

Since they are common prey, this would help them detect potential threats.

  • Although budgies have good day vision, they struggle to see in the dark.

This is why you might think they have a phobia of the nighttime since they are easily startled by noises and movements. 

  • Their eyesight can even see ultraviolet light.

It serves them well in the wild, allowing them to see potential threats and pick up useful information about their environment.

Signs Your Budgie Has an Eye Infection

Several signs show your budgie has an eye infection. Some eye infections include;

1. Swollen, Red, or Irritated Eyes

One of the symptoms of eye infections is swollen and irritated eyes. You will notice the eyes becoming bigger and reddening.

2. Crusty and Watery Eyes

Another symptom of eye infection is watery, or crusty eyes. You will notice that the eyes of your budgie start developing more eye crust and become wet.

3. Cloudy Eyes and Facial Swelling

Your budgie stars developing cloudy eyes, a sign that shows your bird has trouble. You will notice the face of your budgie swelling when it has an eye infection.

Other symptoms indicate the presence of eye infection, but these are just a few of the systems.

How to Treat Eye Infection in Budgies

The best way to treat your budgie of eye infections is the use of antibiotics. It also includes the use of several other means of treatment that includes saline flushes, lincomycin, ophthalmic ointments, spectinomycin.

You can also add Tylosin tartrate to the drinking water to treat them.

You also have to make sure that your budgies eat well, and they get every nutrient needed. You can also offer the bird clean water and make sure no condition affects the bird.

You can also remove the infected bird from the cage to clean out its cage and provide a conducive home for him.

Has My Budgie got Conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis is a common health issue among budgies. Before you know if your budgie has conjunctivitis, you have to check out for symptoms once you notice these symptoms like swollen and reddening of eyes, watery eyes, crusty eyes, etc.


  • Tearing
  • Facial swelling
  • Sneezing
  • Watery eyes
  • Crusty eyes
  • Eye and nostril discharge, etc.


  • Bacterial, fungus, and virus attacks
  • Periorbital and orbital disease
  • Environmental toxin environment
  • Poor hygienic condition


When treating conjunctivitis in budgies, you should address the underlying cause. You can treat your budgie of conjunctivitis using antibiotics. You can also use several medications to make sure you get rid of the disease.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. How Do You Treat a Budgies Eye Infection?

The best way to treat budgies of eye infections is to use antibiotics. Antibiotics will help your budgie have an increased immune system. If the infection looks too severe or cannot handle it, you have to visit a veterinarian doctor

2. Why Are my Budgies Eyes Closed?

Whenever your budgie closes and opens its eye, it is probably because it is sick. They can close their eyes when you rub their head or when they are sleeping. Budgie closing the eyes when sick is quite different from the former as other symptoms accompany the condition.

3. Why Are my Budgies Eye Swollen and Red?

Budgies usually have red and swollen eyes as a result of trauma, allergies, or infection. Conjunctivitis is one of the infections that affects Budgies and cause them to have red and swollen eyes.

4. How Do You Give Budgies Antibiotics?

Giving antibiotics to budgies can be a bit challenging. The best way to give it to them is by holding them tight around the neck whist applying the antibiotic.


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