Re: Losing Babies-Any ideas???
Posted by Debbie on 11/28/11
On 11/19/11, Hannah wrote:
> On 9/12/11, At Wit's end wrote:
>> Would appreciate any input/experience with this. Lost many
>> babies parrots of various species to unknown reasons. All
>> were between ages of 5 weeks to almost 5 months. All at
>> various stages of handfeeding. Symptoms include slow crop,
>> weakness, weight loss, passing only urates and eventual
>> death. Some developed swollen abdomens causing blockage of
>> waste. Excess vomiting prelude to loss. Two newly weaned 5
>> mt olds were fine then suddenly were found ruffled, weak,
>> not moving about, drinking excessive amounts of water.
>> Death occured within 12 hrs of all symptoms. Blood testing
>> done on all for Polyoma, Psciticcosis, Pacheos, PBFD and
>> PDD. Autopsy showed nothing unusual with any organs. Vent
>> swab positive for viral bacteria on only 2 babies. Baytril,
>> Relafin, Pedialyte and mineral oil given to all. Also tried
>> papaya juice and Maalox. Handfeeding formula changed and
>> pro-biotic enzymes added. Majority of babies were Amazons.
>> 90&37; loss. Other species, Ekkies, Conures, mini Macawa,
>> loss. Some were out and interacting with other baby birds;
>> (no problems with any of them) some never left the
>> isolation of the incubators. Any help with this sudden and
>> devastating situation is much appreciated Has anyone ever
>> experienced this
> Were they checked for a crop fungus?
Something encountered years ago but you don't hear too much
about it is Cryptosporidium. It's been a long time but I
beleive it was transmitted by water. We lost mostly macaws
then but that was what was in the nursery. The only thing that
helped was a fish antibiotic used in the water. If you have a
well and not public water you could check that.