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Update on my stinky girl. (Lily, GCC)

I took Lily to the vavian vet today. He was sure from her behavior, poops, and description of her stinkiness that she had a yeast infextion, He did a gram stain just to be sure and it turns out she has a very bad bacterial infection. He said he is very suprised she made it this long and probably has been sick since she was with her breeder. He also said it's good I brought her in when I did and didn't wait until she showed behavioral signs of illness. She has been given oral antibiotics. He said to call in a week and let him know if her odd smell is gone. If not she needs to go back for a recheck.

Infection aside, he was impressed with how playful, friendly, nicely behaved she was, and how well she tolerated being handled. I told him that I poke and prod all of my birds every day so thst if they need to see a vet they are used to it.

He was hapoy to hear she is eating pellets already at her age. (There was nothing I did there. She just loves Roudybush.)

I'm so glad I have a good avian vet clinic near me. Thanks to everyone that responded to my questions about GCC smells. I'm glad this forum is here.
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Oh no! I am sorry to hear she is unwell! So happy you listened to your instincts! Hope she gets an all clear soon.
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Oh dear! I'm glad you still went to the vets. A lot of people come to forums thinking that we have all of the answers and then get annoyed when we say to go to a vet but you were one step ahead anyway I hope she makes a swift recovery for you, poor little bub!

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I've had birds for too long to not know that anything off needs to be checked by an avian vet. I just wasn't sure at first if her bad smell was normal for her species. Once I found out other gccs didn't smell bad, I knew she had to go. Asking the forum was just reaffirming what I already suspected. Plus, all of my birds see their vet once a year for well bird visits. It was time for her first check up anyway.

Imo, If you don't want to spend money on vet visits, toys, good quality food, proper housing for a bird, don't get one. They can't help that they were born into captiviry. The least we can do is take proper care of them, right?
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Ps, Lily is running around pouncing on her favorite ball today. She doesn't like the medicine, but tolerates it for the sunflower seeds she gets afterwards. She also seems to have forgiven me for taking her to the vet.

My parrotlet usually stays mad at me the next day. Haha, it's nice that she isn't a grudge holder.
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Glad she is ok! my avian vet was an hour away where I just moved from but I found one in my new town just a few miles away! Glad to know just in case one of these little dopes decides to need one again
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How is Lily feeling now? Did she have to go back in for a recheck?

I am thinking of taking Gemma in because I noticed a change in her smell around the time she laid the eggs but I thought maybe it was hormonal. It hasn't went away. What tests did they run on Lily? What should I expect them to do? I don't want to pay for unnecessary tests or put her thru any either so it would be nice to know what to expect.

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Lily is good. She needed two rounds of antibiotics but since has been fine. The vet just did a physical, weight, listened to her breathing and heart, and did a gram stain on her droppings. It wasn't overly expensive or invasive.
My female budgie has a stronger odor around nesting / egg laying time. The difference was that
Olive smelled like herself only stronger, but Lily smelled like sour plain yogurt. Hope every thing is okay with Gemma.
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Lily is good. She needed two rounds of antibiotics but since has been fine. The vet just did a physical, weight, listened to her breathing and heart, and did a gram stain on her droppings. It wasn't overly expensive or invasive.
My female budgie has a stronger odor around nesting / egg laying time. The difference was that
Olive smelled like herself only stronger, but Lily smelled like sour plain yogurt. Hope every thing is okay with Gemma.
When you smelled her, did it come from her feathers? Or was it more toward her face? So he was able to diagnose her from just the visual and the stain? Did he recommend the stain based on his observations or did you ask for it?

When I smell her it doesn't seem to be her feathers. I get more of a whiff from her face or mouth....I smelled her droppings and they have no smell. They are larger than Olivers tho, which I just assumed was also because of hormones. I posted on the facebook parrotlet group and someone said their female has a skunky sent when hormonal. I guess I would say it is skunky, the smell I'm smelling.

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I get more of a whiff from her face or mouth...
If you are concerned maybe a crop examination would be useful.
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Lily is good. She needed two rounds of antibiotics but since has been fine.
How'd did you know she needed two rounds, did she go in for a recheck? And another gram stain?

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Lily just all over smelled, but her droppings were really bad. The vet did the gram stain because he wanted to be safe. This vet also does a gram stain at well bird visits so I wasn't surprised by it. After one round of antibiotics she was fine for a few days but then her droppings started to smell bad again. I called the vet and he said to give her a second round and call again if she still smelled after that. He gave me enough meds the first time for both.
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Lily just all over smelled, but her droppings were really bad.
So her droppings actually smelled or they were just large and messy?

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Her droppings smelled REALLY bad, especially the first morning one.
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