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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-28-2013, 12:35 AM Thread Starter
 
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New bird may be sick?

Okay, so my Mum and step dad had a budgie (It escaped a few weeks ago ) and then they got a love bird they were looking after for someone while they were on holidays, while they had this love bird it got a bit sick - it lost some feathers on its head, I don't think they did much with him but he has those feathers back, here's where it gets bad, the breeder who the owner's got him off in Melbourne, the birds from the same clutch all died... But little Pauly survived.

So now the owner's are back they've decided my Mum can keep Pauly because they obviously can't be bothered to look after him anymore, but my step dad isn't too keen, and so I might be getting little Pauly.
If we get him the first thing we will do is take him to the vet, there is no way I want to bring a sick bird near my other birds.

We live in Tasmania so not near the breeder, I have no idea what or how the other birds died I just know that they did, I can try to get into contact with the breeder but I was just wondering if anyone has any advice, or know what it could be.

Other than being a normal cage territorial lovebird and being skittish around people and the loss and re-growth of head feathers he seems fine.
But I know how well birds are of hiding illnesses.

Sorry about the long post - I'll try to find out as much as possible about what has been happening to him.
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I can't say what it is, but losing the feathers on the head with no other birds around to have pulled them is odd. I've seen feather loss like that with PBFD and mites

I'd do what you already said you were going to do, get him straight to a vet. Get them to do a CBC and test for psittacosis, PBFD and any others you want (those are the two I personally test for as well as the CBC)

Contact the breeder and ask what happened. Chances are they won't know themselves as a lot of breeders like that care about one thing and one thing only and so the welfare of the birds isn't even looked into. Say psittacosis to most breeders and you'll have them stumped! Ask anyway though. A whole clutch dying can either be some horrible disease, bad living conditions or bad weather in most cases!

Just in case he does have mites or anything, put a spot of 0.1% (not 1.0%) ivermectin on him. I do it with all of my birds every 6 months and we've yet to have mites


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Sarah, I would be cautious.
If the bird has a desease like PBFD or psittacosis all your other birds could get infected despite of quarantine.
For example the PBFD virus remains on your cloths, and when you meet your other healthy birds they could get infected.
I would run the tests before Pauly comes to your house.
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Sarah, I would be cautious.
If the bird has a desease like PBFD or psittacosis all your other birds could get infected despite of quarantine.
For example the PBFD virus remains on your cloths, and when you meet your other healthy birds they could get infected.
I would run the tests before Pauly comes to your house.
Agreed. When are you able to get him to a vet?

I hope Pauly is going to be alright!
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Agreed. When are you able to get him to a vet?

I hope Pauly is going to be alright!
Pretty soon I reckon, it was apparently only his siblings that died, but for his sake and if he comes here, my birds sake I'm not taking risks.
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