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RE: what did she have?

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Posted by: PHIggysbirds at Wed Apr 23 22:48:46 2008  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by PHIggysbirds ]  
   

I am very sorry for the loss of your feathered friend.

There are many things that could have caused this. Without doing a necropsy it is impossible to elimate it down to just one. It could have been a fungal infection, a parasite infestation, bacterial infection, respiratory infection (even without discharge, they can hide symptoms quite well). I have also known birds to seem as if they are eating well when sick when in actuallity all they ae doing is hulling the seeds and tossing them on the floor or making a dust of the pellets and scattering it around. In the wild birds are prey animals especially the smaller ones and have become quite adept at hiding signs of illness. Unless you know exactly what you are looking for (and sometimes not even then) they can hide their illness until it is too late.

For everyone else reading this, at the first signs of illness or even a change in diet, attitude etc, get your bird to a vet, by the time a bird shows signs of illness it is starting to advance and should be counted as an emergency. Not every illness is detectable and even the most conscientious bird keeper can loose a flock member. Just keep your eyes open, love your birds for the time you have together and keep vet visits regular.


   

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