Re: regurgitating & plucked feathers
Posted by Connie on 2/02/08
I had a little Australian Red Rump. His name was Franky and he
was my baby and he went thruogh the same symptoms. I had a fecal
done, as the usual preventative because of my other birds before
I put him in the same room, and it was negative. They all have
separate cages but in my bird-room. But then, I started noticing
the feathers looked bla-zay, coming out and not growing in
and... his talons were growing at an excessive rate. I took him
to the vet and the vet notices things that would usually go
unnoticed, like small red abrasions under his feathers and he
told me about PBFD. A DNA was done and he tested positive.
Everytime I touched him, it hurt him and I didn't know because
when he was on his perch, he sang and was a joy. It's just that
his little feathers itched him when I touched him and I didn't
know. He passed away the day before his 1st birthday. I had him
cremated and he's still with me here but he's flying happy now
and free. It hurts but life goes on. Next, I tested all of my
birds (because the virus is airborn and uncurable if
transmitted) and all but 1 tested positive. Included in that was
my heart & soul (so to speak) Sunny (my Jenday Conure, the apple
of my eye.) Right now, I have vitamin A drops in their water and
food and will redo the test in a month to see how they're
progressing. PBFD does not mess around. It is , in most cases
fatal, depending on the bird's immune system. Vitamin A helps
their immunity. Good luck to both of us and I pray that Mango
tests negative. Connie
On 1/31/08, Mango's Mom wrote:
> On 1/29/08, Connie wrote:
>> Have a DNA sample of your bird's blood and have him checked
>> for PBFD.
> Hi Connie,
> Mango is at the vet's, undergoing several tests. The vet said
> there could be several reasons, one being hormonal changes.
> one test did show that Mango's stats are fine - the basics.
> They are going to do lab tests on skin samples to rule out
> bacterial skin infections and also on some of his feathers for
> something else. What's been so puzzling is that Mango has
> been eating and singing as he usually does - a little cranky
> when taken out of the cage, but otherwise eating and singing.
> We're also having the sexing blood test done so we'll
> know if we have a he or she. Thanks for the heads up! Will
> you all know what the vet ends up finding out.
> Mango's Mom