drooping eyelid in macaws

by Edward
(Tampa fl)

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I have been having a problem with macaws in an open field avairy. with some not all getting drooping eye lids I have take to vet and run blood test and no cauase can be found do you have any suggestion on what to do, no dealths yet

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Dec 28, 2011
Birds with dropping eyes
by: The Avian Vet

You should consider this might be zinc toxicity given that they are in galvanized cages. It could be another toxin or an allergen. It could also be infectious.

If multiple birds in separate cages are having similar symptoms then it could be environmental or infectious. I am happy to set up a consultation with you to help determine an approach to diagnosing this.

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Dec 27, 2011
drooping eyelid in macaws
by: Linda

This sounds like an infection possibly caught from a wild bird or rodent. You have to have a cover for your outside aviary top to keep wild birds from pooping into cage and onto your birds plus to just keep them away from birds.

You also have to have an enclosed area for them to sleep in at night so they feel safe and ARE safe.Cage wire has to be buried in a concrete curb all the way around the flights to keep rodents and snakes out. Actually cages also need some kind of screen wire on outside to keep out blood sucking bugs as well. Many diseases are carried by rodents, wild birds and mosquitos and other insects. The floors of an aviary have to be concrete with a piped out drain so cages can be kept clean.

What you have there is an open cage which allows rats and mice, wild birds, insects and snakes to come in and the rodents carry some horrible diseases.

If you love your birds, I suggest you get them inside the house and redo this outside aviary thing until it is done correctly. You will have loss, and it's just around the corner in time.

Infections cannot all be found in the blood, and tests have to be done for bacterial infections using a throat swab to make sure they are accurate. Please take your birds back to the Avian Vet because you DO have something going on here, and it will result in all your bird'd deaths. Find more information on the internet about building the correct kind of outside aviary because your birds are suffering everyday in the situation you have now.

Linda
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