How do I take test swabs in my home for PBFD?

by Linda
(Nokomis, FL)

Thanks to all who have helped with the problem of lingering PBFD in my home. The suggestion of taking test swabs before bringing a new bird in is something I feel is very important. How do I do it? Where do I send it and how much does it cost? Thank you!!

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Feb 22, 2010
PBFD test swabs
by: The Avian Vet

The cost is dependent on which lab you send them to. They can be $35-$75 each. You may want to do one for your whole house, or do one for each area in your home. The University of Georgia in Athens will do them, Research Associates Lab in Ohio, and Veterinary Molecular Diagnostics are the ones I use. I think that the samples have to be submitted through a veterinarian and I do no think that they accept samples from individuals, but you might want to check. You also need special swabs not typically sold to individuals and you may want to check with the lab to find out what swabs and sampling methods they require.

Dr B

Feb 21, 2010
by: Anonymous

You know, this really scares me about bringing my birds to the vet's office. If the PBFD disease can linger in a home for so long, what about a vet's office. Is is in the air? The waiting room? Also, what about other avian diseases? Could they also linger long enough to infect a poor unsuspecting and otherwise healthy bird? Another risky situation to place our birds in is going to the bird store for groomings. We bring our own towels, but God knows about the grooming tools, etc!

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