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Re: Question about quaratine--Please Read

Posted by Brian on 11/22/06
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    On 11/22/06, Jo-Ann wrote:
    > On 11/22/06, Kitty.J wrote:
    >> Hi All! :)
    >>
    >> I have a question. Since when I do get my cockatoo, in the
    >> future. Do I need to quaratine it? Like what if the bird
    >> has recently been to the vet in the past 4months, and is
    >> healthy, would i need to quaratine it? Not liek Im getting
    >> pne from the petstore, where people of all sorts and kinds
    >> com ein and may have a diseased bird at home that was
    >> recently on there jacket. But a bird that I may rescue
    >> from a couple that is no longer able to care for it and is
    >> healthy... gosh I seem to be repeating myself, and think
    >> Im not making myself clear enough... oi... lol
    >> Mercedez
    >
    >
    > I have been wondering the same thing. Even if you
    > quarantine a bird in the house - wouldn't any air-bourne
    > stuff get to the other birds anyway? What about getting a
    > bird from a reputable pet store, bird store or breeder?
    > What if you take the bird to the vet before bringing it home?
    >
    > I've been in bird stores where they will let other birds in
    > to socialize with the new member of the family before taking
    > him home.
    >
    > Mercedez, it's not too clear to me either.
    >
    > Jo-Ann

    Jo-Ann and Mercedes I have found this info on Quarantining
    your birds. This will help both of you.

    The Importance of Quarantine
    Written by Nicole, Oh Mowsie
    Once upon a time, there was a cockatiel named Apache. She was
    the only cockatiel in an all human family. Her family loved
    her, but during work and school hours, Apache seemed lonely.
    It was decided that Apache might be happier if she had a
    friend to play with while everyone was away. Along came Neo.
    Neo was a young cockatiel from a small home breeder. He seemed
    in perfect feather and his parents looked healthy as well. The
    day Neo's new mom brought him home, he seemed so scared. Since
    he was very young, his new owner worried that he may be lonely
    for his parents, so she placed his cage near Apache's cage in
    the same room. That way they could call to one another and
    become acquainted. Apache seemed curious about the new
    cockatiel, but Neo just sat on his perch and shivered. A day
    went by and Neo still shivered and looked fluffy. His nares
    also looked stuffy. Though his mom moved his cage away from
    Apache's, she worried that it hadn't been soon enough. His mom
    called the vet, concerned that he may be sick. She was
    immediately chastised by her Veterinarian for
    not "Quarantining" her new bird and placing him in a separate
    room from her existing bird, Apache the moment she brought him
    home. "But.. he looked healthy at first".. came the bewildered
    mom's response. After an exam at the Vet Clinic, it was
    discovered that Neo was indeed ill, an upper respiratory
    infection that required medication to treat. Luckily, it
    wasn't infectious, so Apache was safe. BUT.. had it been
    Psittacosis, or another invisible yet highly contagious
    illness that doesn't always show up the first time you see a
    bird, Apache could have been exposed to a highly infectious
    illness with potentially deadly consequences.

    Sound familiar? Have you bought a new bird into your home,
    only to be chastised for not quarantining it from your
    existing bird or birds? Have you ever thought of bringing a
    new bird home and wondered what the big "quarantine issue" is
    all about? Have you ever brought a bird home and
    thought.. "Naw... she's FINE! Just look at her!" and been
    tempted to skimp out on the quarantine? If any of these
    questions apply to you, or if you are simply curious as to why
    quarantine is so important, please read on.

    The story above is not just a story. This happened to me and
    Apache and Neo were my first two cockatiels. I now have six
    and I quarantine each new bird who enters my home. Now I know
    better, and I feel its important to share what I have learned
    with others who are just starting out with birds or who may be
    introducing another bird into their household for the first
    time.

    Birds are masters of disguise. When ill, its part of their
    instinct to hide their illnesses until they are barely able to
    stand to prevent being picked off by predators. Because of
    this, a bird can look healthy when in fact, its masking
    symptoms that may go unnoticed upon a casual inspection in a
    store or at a breeders.

    Often times, symptoms of illness may even lie dormant in a
    bird who is not stressed (in its familiar environment),
    however the stress of moving to a new home and eating new food
    is enough to flare up a condition LIKE an upper respiratory
    infection or Psittacosis (for instance) and the bird can begin
    a downward spiral shortly after arriving in its new home. So
    many times, you hear "He looked perfectly healthy at the
    store, but now he looks awful, what happened?" Well.. he had a
    dormant illness that flared up after the stress of moving.
    That's what happened. Imagine taking that bird with a dormant
    illness, assuming its well.. and tossing it in your cage with
    your well flock and then it goes down hill a day later? Your
    whole flock is exposed to whatever is wrong with that bird
    now. THAT is the whole purpose of quarantine: to AVOID that
    type of thing.

    Illnesses like Psittacosis have a three-week incubation
    period. That means, if a bird is exposed (in a pet store
    environment for example) to this particular virus, symptoms
    will usually begin to appear after three weeks. The standard
    quarantine is 30 days. The theory behind this is that most
    illnesses will have time to manifest themselves and the birds
    will have time begin showing symptoms after exposure within
    that thirty day time period in your home. Some veterinarians
    even suggest 45 or 60 day quarantines. It is also highly
    recommended that you obtain a well bird checkup within the
    initial quarantine time period for your new bird to establish
    a "base line" of health for your bird. If all is well, you
    have an established place to work from if your bird ever
    become ill, meaning, your vet is familiar with your bird in
    its healthy state and knows what to aim for, and if your bird
    is ill upon examination, your veterinarian can trouble shoot
    any potential problems early on, and help your new bird
    overcome them as well as ward off a potential nightmare if the
    rest of your flock is exposed to your new bird in its ill
    state.

    NEVER assume your bird is healthy just because a breeder or
    someone behind the counter at a pet store "says" so. Anyone
    who says "Don't worry about quarantining your bird, he's had a
    checkup"... Is a nutcase and not to be trusted. Can they give
    you the complete history of the bird Can they tell you exactly
    where the bird has been and what it has been exposed too in
    its entire life? The lady who sold Neo "said" he was healthy
    but I had to learn the hard way. Now, the ONLY person who can
    tell me my bird is healthy, is the bird himself. And I'll only
    believe him after he's spent his 30 days in quarantine, had
    his vet check up and all looks well.

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