Hahn's Macaw possible PDD?
I wrote in recently about acquiring a 5-6 year old Hahn's Macaw. I have brought him in to the avian vet for an exam and he was tested for PBFD, Polyoma, Pacheco's and Psittacosis, along with a gram stain. Everything came back normal - no disease. He has 5 days left in his 30 day quarantine.
I was reading an article someone sent me on PDD yesterday. I was slightly alarmed, because in the nearly one month I've had him, he has regurgitated undigested seed twice. Once was during the ride home the day I adopted him, and once when I was talking to him through his cage bars. It is different from when my other birds regurgitate for me as a mating behavior. Several seeds came up. He also shakes his head when he talks.
I made an appointment to take him in again, to get the PDD blood test. I will be on pins and needles until I hear he is well, because I fear for the health of my other beloved 5 birds. Please answer my questions - How is this disease spread? (fecally, or is it airborne), How common is it?, Would quarantine on a separate floor of the house with the door closed be sufficient? (I do wash my hands and arms thoroughly after feeding him or cleaning his cage)Also - do the symptoms I wrote about sound like PDD? He plays, eats and eliminates normally, and is steady on his feet & clutches the perch or my hand well. He appears healthy.
P,S. My "free" rescue bird will have cost me nearly $600 with the completion of this last test! Thank you for any info you can share with me!