jenday conure lost his voice???

by Emily
(Connecticut, USA)

We bought our beautiful Jenday conure Mango in November. He turned 1 at the end of december. About 3 weeks ago, Mango seemed to be ill. He was very lazy, listless, not playing, fluffed up...and he developed what sounded like laryngitis. He would make these high pitched squeaky noises, very scratchy sounding. We brought him to the vet, and everything including his throat culture came back negative. He has slowly returned to normal behavior- except the voice. Also, it isn't all the time. He still screams sometimes and makes his little attention-getting noises when he's in his cage. But when he's sitting on our shoulder, he makes these horrible raspy squeaks and bobs his head, kind of like a baby bird eating from its parents. We are so confused! Any thoughts anyone?

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Feb 20, 2011
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by: Emily

I took him to a vet that only sees birds. I don't think any of the non-avian vets around here would even see him if I tried. He is completely back to normal now, playing, eating, and everything. I was just wondering about the squeaky noises because he never did them before he was ill, and now he does them a lot. (I did only have hime for about two months before he got sick though, so maybe he was just adjusting.) Thanks for the advice.

Feb 14, 2011
jenday conure lost his voice???
by: Linda

Hopefully you took him to a licensed and trained Avian Vet for his exam and tests. If you took him to a regular dog and cat vet, then your bird is still sick, and you are that much poorer. Dog and cat vets either do nothing or they do what looks like something but are really doing nothing. They are not even licensed to examine a bird much less test it and/or treat it.Many birds are killed each year being taken to the wrong kind of doctor. Kind of like going to a ear, nose and throat doc when one has a heart attack.

Your bird was and most likely is still sick. He needs to be seen by an Avian Vet in your driving area to make sure he does not have infection.

If you took him to an Avian Vet, then pardon me for my lack of knowledge as to your situation. If you did not take him to an Avian Vet, he will not get fully well until he has been treated correctly.

As for the little noises you spoke of, birds love to make baby bird noises and such to get attention or to show love and affection. The most special time in their lives is when their mothers are caring for them, and they will try and show their human caretakers the same kind of care and ask for it in return.

Hopefully, all will be well here.

Keep us posted and thanks for writing,

Feb 14, 2011
Jenday conure lost voice
by: The Avian Vet

Your bird is likely to be sick. Did the veterinarian do blood work? This is a case that I would treat with antibiotics, because all of the symptoms point to infection. Further diagnostics would be recommended including blood work and x-rays.

Dr B

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