Okay so I'm trying to get my head around this whole possibility of PBFD. The information that Kate has given me is fantastic and has helped me a great deal in reducing my stress about all of this! What I am struggling to understand is that Darwin could have had this now for some time, most likely since when I had him due to the unusual feathers right? I've had him around many of my birds since I have had him these last 7 months almost (I can't believe I've only had him for such a short period of time!) and I do not believe that any of them have been affected by it. I have recently lost a fair few birds here, I had lost some of the black cheeked lovebirds who were going to be transported to my grandparents not long after their antibiotics had finished to live as a breeding colony as they had previously done before they were sent to me. I had a necropsy done on one of the black cheeked lovebirds that had to be euthanized before the others had passed away and although he showed no traces of psittacosis he did show that he had internal bleeding in his lower intestinal tract. Morris had passed away a day or 2 before that lovebird had and I had his necropsy done on the same day. He too had intestinal bleeding but did show that he had psittacosis. Now I was told neither birds had any food in them, and hadn't for a while... that to me is extremely unusual as I had seen both of them eating (scoffing a spray millet too!). This lower instestinal bleeding wouldn't have had anything to do with PBFD would it?
Also, as Kate stated, she has had birds with PBFD that have not spread it to her others and said the disease isn't as contagious as we are lead to believe. Now, I've been reading and reading and reading as much as humanly possible and nearly every article I've read have basically told me it is a death sentence. There is little information on the strain only found in lories however the breeder I got Darwin from is a lory-only breeder. I believe he breeds dusky, black capped and different subspecies of rainbow lorikeet. He has many birds and is a very reputable breeder who has written articles for magazines on the care of lories/lorikeets. Kate (sorry I keep talking about you like you're not here
) also said that birds could possibly be passing it to their young when in the egg and that birds only begin to show symptoms once they start to become stressed. To me, that makes perfect sense, and could actually be spot on if he does come back positive for PBFD
As you all know, I'm awaiting his test results. One of the nurses spun his blood sample for his Avian Health 2 test (Full Blood Count, Total Protein, Albumin, AST, CK, Uric Acid, Total Calcium, Sodium, Potassium, Ionised Calcium, Bile Acids, Amylase, Cholesterol, Triglycerides) and so he has to go back in on Wednesday when I go to work there for another blood test to get more from him. Poor thing is going to look like an empty sack of feathers soon! Once I get his results, if the do come back positive, I will be retesting 90 days later as well as having a heart attack
I will go and get some photos of his abnormal feathers so you can all see where I am coming from with them, and how they aren't just twisted
EDIT: I have some photos for you, but as there's a lot, you'd be best just going to the album https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...8066361&type=1
you might not be able to see the weird growing feathers, but just ask on the photo if you have to