aspiration pneumonia

by Ellen
(TX)

I had a young Jardine die of 'aspiration pneumonia' about 1 month ago. I had never heard of it before (was told by the avian vet here - baby died at vets). is there a way to ensure this doesn't happen again or was this just a 'fluke' happenstance? I've been 'in' birds for a long time and while I don't breed anymore I do help with my local club with hand feeding and sometimes fostering.

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Aug 07, 2012
aspiration pneumonia
by: The Avian Vet

No, the size of the food is not an important factor. If the bird was not being hand fed, then what did he aspirate? Was he sick and that is why he was at the vet? Was the staff tube feeding him or something?

Dr B

Jul 23, 2012
aspiration pneumonia
by: Ellen

thank you Dr B.... I had handfed that baby Jardine but he had been fully weaned for about 2 weeks. so next question would be - does size of food (mix of seeds, pellets and fresh veg/fruits) add to the possibility of this occuring again?

I am getting another Jardine baby this next weekend (to hand feed) and most sincerely do NOT want a repeat disaster! my bf was home alone with the previous baby and had bonded with it. not sure who was more devasted - him or me!

Jul 23, 2012
aspiration pneumonia cause
by: The Avian Vet

Aspiration pneumonia occurs when baby formula goes into the trachea (wind pipe). If a small amount goes in and it is managed properly babies will sometimes survive. If more goes in and the baby does not diet immediately then the baby can develop pneumonia. These babies often die within a day to a few days. A large amount of formula aspirated will cause instant death. Aspiration is a common occurrence when feeding babies. It happens to non-experienced feeders as well as those with years of experience.

Dr B

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