babies dying

by sandra
(queensland australia )

we have a large avery of non related cockateils, and have babies hatching regularly, but they all seem to die around 2-3 weeks . They appear properly formed, a good size, have full crops right from the start , and the one today had a full stomach. Do you have any ideas why this is happening, and has occured for a long time - they just don't seem to make it past this age . thank you in anticipation

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Sep 27, 2009
Babies dying
by: The Vet

The best thing to do would be to have necropsies done on the babies that die. My suspicion is that this is polyomavirus, but there could be other causes.

Dr B

Sep 26, 2009
Babies dying
by: Linda

Hi and thanks for writing. You need to be taking them to the Avian vet BEFORE they reach the age at which they are dying. They may be contracting bacterial/viral infections, and these infections are quite common in baby birds as the Mother goes in and out and brings back bacteria of one form or another from perches and even food and water. So, I'd take at least one of the dead babies to an Avian vet for a Necropsy, and it has to be done very quickly BEFORE tissue starts breaking down too badly(call vet and take baby right in). If you don't want to do that, you may never find out why, but bacterial infections will kill baby birds as they have no reserves with which to fight an infection. Older birds can carry some negative gram bacteria until it gets over a certain number, and then they will get sick and require meds. In babies, just a little will kill them. Birds have only gram positive bacteria in their bodies, and all mammals including humans carry lots and lots of negative gram bacteria which can be easily passed to babies by just breathing on them. In this case, sounds like babies do okay for a while, but I would almost put money on a bacterial or viral infection which will take them down quickly.

I'd suggest a necropsy on one of the dead ones, and if you have anymore babies in the nests at this time, take them ALL into an Avian vet as soon as you can so they can be diagnosed and treated. Treating babies is also tricky, so hopefully you have an Avian vet with some real experience in dealing with parrots and baby parrots as well.


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