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Re: More neglect then abuse.. And a pic!

Posted by Cassie on 11/15/05
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    I took one look at that an thought "PBFD"...? "Peanut Butter Federally
    Delivered?"

    I witnessed him preening and a feather falling out. I know I stressed
    him out more, but I wrapped him in a towel to look at his back end, and
    it looked like an infected feather. I kept the feather (I keep one of
    all my birds for scrapbooking purposes) and the feather shaft looks
    milky in the middle, and the caritin case was splintered, thus it grew
    in catywampuss.

    Not knowing what PBFD was, I called my vet- "Something" Beak and
    Feather Disorder (Sorry, I not good with technical terms). When I took
    them to the vet that first day, she clipped a nail too short on both to
    collect blood. She sent out samples of the blood for tests, and it all
    came back (wether positive or negitive- I didn't catch that. I was a
    little hazed and upset when I called...) that they didn't have anything
    life threatening, save a low vitimin A count(fixed by vitamins in the
    water and LOTS of veggies). She just didn't tell me because it did not
    warrent attention with all the rest of the parade of problems this bird
    has.

    I also asked her about the feather, and judging from the extrem clip of
    the wings, all he had to do was fall wrong on a "new pin", and if the
    feather was not removed if it was bleeding, the feather would still
    grow, but it grew in damaged. It's not surpising really, the pore was
    enlarged and pussy, and the cluster of feathers were all stuck together
    from the infection that dried. Funny. You couldn't tell just by
    looking. At least 9 or 10 feathers are connected by the scab the puss
    created. The vet called in more antibiatics for Ginger.

    Ginger must have pulled it out because it was too painful being in. I
    guess I need to start looking at all my birds' tail feathers when I do
    my routine blood-feather check. I usually only do it to the wings. It
    never dawned on me to check the tail as well.

    He's flopping around in a tub of warm water right now. (The vet and) I
    want that scab to loosen up a bit, it looks painful. It dried so none
    of the feathers in that cluster can move, so when he stretches, he gets
    more and more cranky because the scab is pulling on the good feathers.
    And once it does, maybe it will make him happier.

    This sure is a crash course in vetrinary medicine... I should change my
    major for college ^_^

    On 11/15/05, Jessica wrote:
    > Cassie,
    >
    > Had you taken your keets to an avian vet to figure out the upper
    > resiratory problem? Just curious. May I recommend you test your
    > keets for PBFD. If they are losing an occasional feather that still
    > has blood in the quill, this could be a sign. Molting feathers do
    > not have blood in their quills. Can you see where the flight
    > feathers are actually cut, or are they missing altogether? PBFD can
    > make the flight feathers fall out, without affecting the other
    > feathers. You said in your message that your keet was extremely
    > clipped by the breeder. PBFD also makes the birds cranky and more
    > aggressive.
    >
    > The condition of the breeder's home don't sound the greatest, and it
    > is not unheard of for there to be illness or disease in these cases.
    >
    > This is just a thought. I would hope for you that this isn't the
    > problem, but it may explain a lot. If you have other birds in your
    > house, you will want to separate the new keets from them until you
    > confirm that they are not infected.