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Snuggles our 38 day old cockatiel chick went for his first trip to the avian vet yesterday because of his dripping eyes, I was worried he might be getting Pscittacosis because Car Alarm has it. The vet agrees because of his symptoms and that he's still developing his immune system, we were given the dosage amount to give Snuggles twice a day of the same medication we are giving Car Alarm who also went yesterday and we were told to start giving him his twice a day.

I worry every day when I go to check Snuggles and was wondering if anyone knows what the chances are of a chick his age recovering if they get it?

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Aww poor babies. I hope that they both get better soon. I am sorry to hear that. Keep us posted.
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Poor baby. I'm so sorry you're having to go through it. I've lost many birds to it unfortunately, who didn't show signs until the last minute. A few had to be euthanized and others were completely unexpected until they had a necropsy Is Car Alarm in strict quarantine? Ours were terrible to try and get rid of. We had to wear protective clothing and wash our hair etc. to make sure we didn't pass it around the home and that's not even strict because I couldn't use a separate building

As for a youngster having it, I'm not entirely sure. With a developing immune system it may take it's toll more so but I wouldn't take my word for it

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Snuggles our 38 day old cockatiel chick went for his first trip to the avian vet yesterday because of his dripping eyes, I was worried he might be getting Pscittacosis because Car Alarm has it. The vet agrees because of his symptoms and that he's still developing his immune system, we were given the dosage amount to give Snuggles twice a day of the same medication we are giving Car Alarm who also went yesterday and we were told to start giving him his twice a day.

I worry every day when I go to check Snuggles and was wondering if anyone knows what the chances are of a chick his age recovering if they get it?

Here's Snuggles


If you have Psittacosis in one bird unless you are doing a strict quarantine (which if this chick has now caught it then you can't be), then ALL your birds are at risk and they all need treating for the full 6 weeks together to prevent them getting reinfected the moment you finish treatment.

As for recovery rates being younger with a weaker immune system puts him at a disadvantage however if he responds well to treatment I can't see why he wouldn't recover.

Might be best asking your vet as they should know more about his recovery expectations.
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Lynette again I am so sorry that you and your little babies are going through this. Yes it sounds like strict quarantine is the only way to go. Good hand washing in between the two also. I do hope they respond to the medications and show signs of improvement soon. Good luck. Praying here for you and them. Keep us posted please. Thanks.
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Lynette again I am so sorry that you and your little babies are going through this. Yes it sounds like strict quarantine is the only way to go. Good hand washing in between the two also. I do hope they respond to the medications and show signs of improvement soon. Good luck. Praying here for you and them. Keep us posted please. Thanks.
You need to fully disinfect yourself including clothing and hair when dealing with Psittacosis. Hand washing alone is not going to stop it spreading.

I had a separate set of clothes, including socks, then a lab coat over the top, I sprayed myself down before changing my clothes, sprayed my clothes, sprayed my lab coat, then went in with the infected birds (in a separate house), sorted them out, disinfected their whole cages, toys perches etc daily, then once done I sprayed myself down again including hair and face arms etc, sprayed my lab coat, took off my lab coat, sprayed my clothes underneath, changed into my other clothes, sprayed those down, then washed my hands, arms etc in disinfectant, then used a dry on disinfectant hand gel.
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I also had a chlamydiosis epidemic in my birdroom and your best bet is to quarantine the sick ones but still treat every single bird regardless of whether they show symptoms or not.

As to the baby making it, it all depends on the health of the parents and how he was weaned (if he was) but, if I were you, I would use some immune system boosters with him (Echinacea -but only for 5 days and rest for 2, noni, DMG and vit C). And keep him at a steady 90 degrees.
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I didnt think there was a cure for that..I also thought it was rare..After reading this i guess not..How long can you have a bird before it would start showing signs of this disease? I never even heard of it till i started looking on this site..
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I didnt think there was a cure for that..I also thought it was rare..After reading this i guess not..How long can you have a bird before it would start showing signs of this disease? I never even heard of it till i started looking on this site..
There is no guarantee a bird will ever showns signs of having it, I have had 3 birds come in with it and only one showed signs and that was simply a perminant eye squint.

The only way to be certain is by screening all birds for it by blood.
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