Gout is a musculoskeletal disorder affecting the muscles and bones around the joints of the bird.
There are two types of gout. Which type the bird suffers from depends on the body parts affected:
A bird with articular gout prefers to sit on a flat surface instead of perching because of the pains. If forced to walk, the bird becomes noisy due to discomfort. It may also be depressed and dehydrated, with greenish diarrhea. In addition, the bird will look dull, its feathers ruffled and the vent moist.
Male birds are susceptible to articular gout, and the common age for this affliction is four months and above.
Gout is mainly due to damaged kidneys (nephropathy). When they stop functioning normally, it results in an accumulation of uric acid and urates in the muscles and joints. Kidney damage leading to gout can be due to the following reasons:
A medical condition in which the kidney becomes inflamed
A medical condition in which the body has lost fluid or water in excessive amounts
Term used to indicate something that involves birds.