African gray has birth defect nose is crusted

by Angela

My sister gave me her african gray and ever since she got it the bird always had a crusted beak with snot a few times a day the person she got it from said it was a birth defect because she had this bird for over a year i was wondering what it would be called and what can be done besides surgry because i alwayz have to pick it off the birds nose every day

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Oct 11, 2011
My bird
by: Anonymous

Ok thank u guys I think my sister said that the person she got the bird from said that the bird can get surgry but it still may not help but also do u think if the bird was sick that the other bird that lives in the same cage would also get sick? But im going to look for a vet for him

Oct 10, 2011
Possible choanal atresia
by: The Avian Vet

This may be a case of choanal atresia. It could also be infection. YOU need to have this bird seen by an avian veterinarian immediately.

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Oct 10, 2011
African gray has birth defect nose is crusted
by: Linda

Has this bird been examined by an Avian Vet? If not, now is the time since it's suffered all this time with what may very well be an infection. Birth defects normally don't affect something like the nostrils, though I suppose they could. It will be interesting to find out anyway from an Avian Vet.

Get an appointment to have your bird thoroughly examined by Avian Vet as soon as is possible. It may be that he's had a low grade infection all this time, and the only way you'll know is to take him in for exam for infections both bacterial and viral plus some basic bloodwork to see how kidneys, liver and thyroid are doing.

Birds should be taken into Avian Vet at least once a year for a well-bird check. Since this one has never been well, it's time to have him looked at by a trained professional. Where did your sister get her information about a birth defect? If it came from anyone except an Avian Vet, it is an incorrect diagnosis.

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