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Re: Question about quaratine--Please Read

Posted by Susan on 11/23/06
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    On 11/23/06, Kitty.J wrote:
    > On 11/22/06, Brian wrote:
    >> 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.
    >>
    >> Bird Information Page
    >
    >
    > Thank you Brian.
    > But what if I got the a bird from a Lady who has had the bird
    > for 6 yrs and has had perfect vet health? And then bring the
    > bird into my home? How do I quaratine it? What about air
    > viruses? Do I change clothes whenever I interact or feed the new
    > bird? Should I air-locke my room so no illness can get in? And
    > stay away from my older birds? I just dont understand
    > quartining. What I use to do was keep the a new bird to the far
    > corner of my room in its own cage for 30days and not out of my
    > room (I use to buy finches) so it wouldnt be lonely. Birds can
    > die from loneliness, and thirty days is offly long time to be
    > alone... (I've heard some people keeping bird seperate frpm any
    > othe rbirds from 6months-1yr). Im not saying I shouldnt
    > quaratine a new bird. But this is just what I have done. But I
    > have thought A LOT about this. All my birds are avian-vet
    > checked every 5-6months (Have her come over and check my birds).
    > And if I do get this cockatoo, thoughts are running in my
    > head... Please any help?

    Kitty, quarantine is when a bird is kept in an entirely different
    area from the exisiting birds in the home.
    If you want to get very specific, this bird should not even share
    the same air space or exchange as your existing flock.
    Keeping a bird on the other side of a room of your exisiting birds
    is NOT quarantine.
    If you don't have an area that is totally separate from where your
    birds are kept, don't even bother trying to quarantine. It makes
    you feel better, but does nothing for the bird's health.