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Re: Losing Babies-Any ideas???

Posted by Jenn on 12/15/11
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    On 12/15/11, Jenn wrote:
    > On 11/28/11, Debbie wrote:
    >> On 11/19/11, Hannah wrote:
    >>> On 9/12/11, At Wit's end wrote:
    >>>> Would appreciate any input/experience with this. Lost many
    >>>> babies parrots of various species to unknown reasons. All
    >>>> were between ages of 5 weeks to almost 5 months. All at
    >>>> various stages of handfeeding. Symptoms include slow crop,
    >>>> weakness, weight loss, passing only urates and eventual
    >>>> death. Some developed swollen abdomens causing blockage of
    >>>> waste. Excess vomiting prelude to loss. Two newly weaned 5
    >>>> mt olds were fine then suddenly were found ruffled, weak,
    >>>> not moving about, drinking excessive amounts of water.
    >>>> Death occured within 12 hrs of all symptoms. Blood testing
    >>>> done on all for Polyoma, Psciticcosis, Pacheos, PBFD and
    >>>> PDD. Autopsy showed nothing unusual with any organs. Vent
    >>>> swab positive for viral bacteria on only 2 babies. Baytril,
    >>>> Relafin, Pedialyte and mineral oil given to all. Also tried
    >>>> papaya juice and Maalox. Handfeeding formula changed and
    >>>> pro-biotic enzymes added. Majority of babies were Amazons.
    >>>> 90&37; loss. Other species, Ekkies, Conures, mini Macawa,
    >>> 100&37;
    >>>> loss. Some were out and interacting with other baby birds;
    >>>> (no problems with any of them) some never left the
    >>>> isolation of the incubators. Any help with this sudden and
    >>>> devastating situation is much appreciated Has anyone ever
    >>>> experienced this
    >>> Were they checked for a crop fungus?
    >> Something encountered years ago but you don't hear too much
    >> about it is Cryptosporidium. It's been a long time but I
    >> beleive it was transmitted by water. We lost mostly macaws
    >> then but that was what was in the nursery. The only thing that
    >> helped was a fish antibiotic used in the water. If you have a
    >> well and not public water you could check that.
    > Hm..I'll have to check that out because over the summer my birds
    > got sick for no apparent reason. After 15 years of having parrots
    > and nothing going wrong, my youngest male eclectus, who was 2,
    > died. Just wasnt acting right for a few days, lost weight and
    > went into seizures in my hands. Immediately after that..and I
    > mean while I was cleaning his cage out after burying him, my
    > oldest female who was 11, fell off her perch. Got her to the
    > avian clinic where she stayed for almost 2 weeks. In that time
    > one of my baby ekkies that I nearly had weaned...and sold...died
    > in the same vet from the same unknown cause. Loss of weight,
    > rapidly..etc. Long story short, they ran every test known and
    > nothing came up but she my older female was responding to baytril.
    > She came home 2 weeks later with some meds, some calcium
    > drops..ended up recovering just fine. But it's disheartening to
    > not even know what it was..and scary to think something like that
    > may come back, simply because you don't know what it was. The
    > water table was really low at the time because it didnt rain for
    > weeks and we do have well water. After she came home I did put
    > them on bottled water...I'll have to look into that Cryptosporidium.

    And another thing about male ekkie, my other female ekkie
    and my african grey weren't affected. Talk about being hysterical.