Beaks fell off lovebirds?

by Kenny
(South Africa)

Lovebirds beaks fell off

Lovebirds beaks fell off

Both my breeding pair of lovebirds died at the same time with the same symptoms.Because they were nesting i did not see it until they came out while i was cleaning their cage.Have searched the internet and cannot seem to find anything related to their sudden death.Their beaks fell off.Any suggestions as to the cause would be appreciated.Photos attached.


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Aug 23, 2011
Beak fell off birds
by: The Avian Vet

You must take these birds to be necropsied (animal autopsy). This looks like a case of Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease Virus (Circovirus). There could be other causes too but the only way to know is with a necropsy. You need to take them to the state lab or an experienced avian veterinarian to determine the cause of death. This appears to be a very serious problem. If you cannot have them necropsied, then have your flock tested for PBFD and other disease. Do you vaccinate your flock for Polyomavirus? If not, that could be your next outbreak if that has not happened already. What nest material are you using? What do you feed your birds? Did the eggs hatch? You can have the eggs and or babies examined also. Egg necropsy takes a specialist with experience, however. You need to get to the bottom of this issue before a disease wipes out your aviary.

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Aug 22, 2011
Beaks fell off lovebirds?
by: Linda

You may have a very serious problem here. This sounds like parrot beak and feather disease which is a highly contageous viral infection that will stay in your home for years infecting every bird who comes in. If you still have the bodies, have an necropsy done quickly with an eye for this deadly disease. The Avian Vet will confirm or disprove it is PBFD and can tell you what it was. The PBFD causes the feathers, toenails and beaks to be destroyed and there is NO cure at this time anywhere in the world. All birds die a slow, painful and horrible death. Your Avian Vet can tell you what steps you need to take to clean up your home because this virus can live on walls, floors in all kinds of nooks and crannies and will kill any birds who enter your home until it is totally cleaned up and out.

Please have necropsies done as quickly as you can. If you have already thrown bodies away, then consult with Avian Vet about how to get your home clean, and we are talking micro clean here in order to get rid of this disease. Home has to be tested and tested again for the presence of the disease, so can take a long time to get it totally out of your home.

Thanks for writing, and next bird you get after you have cleaned up this virus if you ever do, take them to the Avian Vet immediately to be tested for this disease and checked out for other types of infection. All birds have to be examined by an Avian Vet before any breeding is done. I'm afraid you may not be able to ever have birds again in this situation.


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