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Hi All,

I picked-out and purchased my first baby green cheek conure over the weekend. It is about 8 weeks old and not quite ready to go home with me. The bird shop did lab work on my baby and the other clutch mates yesterday (they do this routinely before any bird goes home). I was told that all of the birds passed the blood work execept that mine "has a little bacteria" (whatever that means!) and they want to keep it and give it medication for the next 10 days. I asked if that means that she is more suseptible to getting sick, or if was the reason she is so calm (one of the traits that attracted me to her) but they said no, and they acted like it was no big deal. I am just feeling disappointed and a little unsettled that my bird was the only one that needs meds. Has anyone had a similar experience or have more knowledge about what these lab tests mean? :confused:

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I've never had any issues with birds health except for blood feathers and Axels cardiac arrest. What ever it is I doubt it will affect your bird if they are already being treated :)
 

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A bacterial infection? I'm not very knowledgable in disease, but I'd ask a few questions. There are some bacterial infections that are cleared easily...
What type of infection?
What type of meds being used?
With a little info, you could call a vet clinic and just ask what they think...
 
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I think that your bird will be fine. I used to be a breeder. Every once in a while we would have a baby that would get an infection. With anti-biotics they were always fine. If you are too uncomfortable, I'd go in and play with the babies again to see if you bond to any of the other ones.
 

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Thanks Sally, that makes me feel better. I am going to call the bird shop today and just try to get a little more info. anyway to hopefully give me peace of mind.

Thanks everyone for your input, I really appreciate it!

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I called the bird shop today and asked a bunch of questions. They did a blood test (there were no problems there) and did a swab of their throats and did a culture on that. My bird had a little bacteria grown on her sample, so they are treating her with anti-fungal and antibiotic liquid meds twice a day. They said that this happens in approximately 1 out of 4 or 1 out of 5 birds and they usually go home without any problems afterward. She said it is still fine for me to come visit her everyday while she is on the medications if I would like. I feel much better now and am not quite so worried about it. I still have to be patient and wait for her to be able to come home with me though....I hope the time passes quickly!

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Sounds good! Waiting won't be that hard!:yesnod:
 

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I think it is wonderful that the shop did the test. This way you will be certain to bring home a healthy bird.

I'm sorry your bird has a bit of a health issue, but it sounds as if it will be fine.
 

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That's great that the shop tests, we used to do that where I worked. It's probably just a minor yeast infection in the crop, which is really common in birds that are being hand-fed. A week's treatment of baytril will cure it in no time :) I wouldn't worry at all. Only thing I would recommend is, if they offer a health guarantee if you take the bird to a vet within a limited time frame, would be to take the bird to the vet before that runs out, just in case he still has some trace amounts of bacteria and needs some more meds. The bird shop should then cover the expenses of the medicine and make things a little easier for you
 

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Thanks Jenny! The shop offers a 7-day health guarantee. They are going to re-test my bird before they send it home with me. :thumbsup:
 

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Wow, yeah, that's impressive that the store does cultures and what not on the birds before they go home. Never heard of it. I've heard of providing a free vet check w/ purchase, but not actually doing any testing before hand.

Your baby'll be fine. I breed birds. A little bacteria in them's normal and a lot of times doesn't even need to be treated. Sometimes the stress of going to a new home causes the immune system to be suppressed a bit and then the bacteria grow. Some vets don't even medicate that unless the bird appears sick.

Kinda like kids the first few weeks of school - stress, new place, sniffles.
 

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My baby got her last dose of meds on Saturday. They are re-testing her today and I should get the results tomorrow or Friday. That means that as long as the bacteria has cleared up she will be ready to come home with me either tomorrow or Friday! :) I'll let you know how it goes.
 

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My baby got her last dose of meds on Saturday. They are re-testing her today and I should get the results tomorrow or Friday. That means that as long as the bacteria has cleared up she will be ready to come home with me either tomorrow or Friday! :) I'll let you know how it goes.

Jealous!!! Waiting for the call from the breeder is so stressful... I feel like everyone who calls me must think I hate them because as soon as I look at my caller ID and realize it's not someone who's going to tell me "Come and get your baby!" I answer the phone and sound so disappointed :giggle:

P.S. - So glad to hear she's doing well! You'll have to update us with pictures :photo:
 

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Hope your baby is doing well. That is one terrific bird shop! They get a gold star for taking such great care of their birds!
 

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Glad everything is going well, and I can't wait for you to bring her home :D
 

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I have also problem with my bird but only for the first time and that was blood feather.The thing which did you mention i could not understand.I first time listened about this but i will try to convey you a possible solution soon.
 
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