Join Date: May 2010
Location: Arnold, MO
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I don't know if you read my earlier thread about Charley when I first brought him home. He was called "Harley" then. He's a Hahn's Macaw.
He was home for a few days and I noticed a clicking sound (more like sniffling, I realize now), when he breathed, and then he started tail bobbing. He had already been for his new bird wellness checkup and the vet noticed the sniffling, so said to keep an eye on him.
When the tail bobbing started, I knew he was having a respiratory problem, so I got him back to the vet asap. He did a lab culture and said there were some abnormal cells, and that Charley has sinusitis. He was put on Baytril for two weeks, and got somewhat better, but I still heard the sniffling, so took him back to the vet. The vet did another culture and there were no more abnormal cells. The vet also did an x-ray and said everything was okay.
I keep an eye on him and occasionally give him a "steam" in the bathroom by running the shower with hot hot water until the bathroom steams up. I let him stay in there (in a cage) for about 10-15 minutes and it seems to help with the dryness.
I would say she probably has a respiratory problem, which can be much more serious in birds than in people. If you can, he should be seen by an avian vet.
Good luck, keep us posted!
JoAnne, Libby (2/10),Angelina (12/07), and Charley (11/10)
Also owned by Essie,Minnie & Oscar