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Re: POWDER DOWN QUESTION

Posted by Connie on 7/15/08
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    Just an FYI on BBFD better known as Beak & Feather Disease... If
    it's a baby bird and they have PBFD, the first thing you will
    notice is that will probably be born without a tail, and then if
    it has a tail, it can still have the disease. Most usual signs
    are nail/talons will grow at an extra rapidly rate, curling
    under quickly making a circle... I mean at an unusual rate of
    growth. Another sign is that the feathers won't grow back in
    unless it's at an unusual slow rate. The best way to test is by
    blood sample usually sent to Biotech,com. or skin testing. IF
    your bird is positive for it, start immediately to put Vitamin A
    in their water (3 drops to an ounce for a sick bird) and also in
    their food. Change it daily. .. ONE of the symptoms is that they
    are forever scratching themselves as that's the agony of this
    disease and at first, you may think they just preen alot, but
    they will be in an uncomfortable itch. I lost a bird to PBFD and
    I do know about this disease. After testing ALL of my birds, I
    use the vitamin A and other vitamins as well in their food and
    water and keep a close eye on them. This disease is contagious
    and I change my babies (all of my birds are my babies) food &
    water every day as a precaution. I hope this helps. God
    Bless.... Connie

    On 7/09/08, Erin wrote:
    > Thanks for your response Randy.
    >
    > But I have read in several places that lack of (or lestening
    > of) powder down can be a first sign of PBFD. That is why I
    > was questioning.
    >
    > Thank you for your time.
    >
    >