missing feathers

by honey
(hamilton on)

i rescued my 8 month old lovebird and placed it in with my pair of love birds the new bird was raised in a high smoke atmosphere. I am sure it has athsma it breathes very heavy. it has been two months now he still breathes heavy but better. emotionally and physically it is doing well stronger climbing all over the cage eating well and it recently started singing chirping the other two don't really bother with it they just share a cage really.

so the question basically is when we got it it was missing ALOT of feathers i know with it age it is still progressing but what can i do to help the feathers come back better?

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Dec 05, 2012
missing feathers
by: Linda

I hate to be the one to inform you, and you did write in, so I feel this is an opportunity for you to learn.

Never, ever buy or rescue a bird and bring it home before it has been thoroughly examined by an Avian Vet. Rescues are usually sick and also can have parasites either inside or outside or both. Roundworms are common for outside birds or parrots who have found themselves lost outside.

The breathing problem you are seeing is called a severe infection, and you have to get this bird to an Avian Vet ONLY now, this minute. Also, the birds you put him in with will also be infected as these bacterial/viral infections are highly contageous and even birds in the same room will become infected from bringing a sick bird into your home.Your birds will die without diagnosis and treatment by an Avian Vet only. Do not take to dog and cat vet, or I guarantee they will die.

Take the rescue in so he can be diagnosed as to what kind of infection he has and then leave him at the Avian Vet's to be treated if he shows positive for infection.Hopefully he does not have an infection, but symptoms you describe are those of a bad infection which will run into pneumonia shortly.

Then, your other birds will also have to be taken in, checked for both bacterial and viral infection, diagnosed and given meds to treat them. Those can be brought back home, and you can give them their meds. Once everyone is on medication, the rescue bird can be brought back in. The boarding fees should not be too bad.

So, because safely introducing a new bird was not done, your birds may all be sick. The rescue is sick, so please get started on getting your birds taken care of. In future, never bring a new bird into your home without having Avian Vet test them for infections or other physical problems. This will not only save your birds' lives, but it will save you money. This is recommended for ALL new birds whether they come from the street, pet shop or breeder. Have them checked out by avian vet before they ever set wing in your home.

Write back when you can and let us know what avian vet has to say about all of this and thanks for writing in as others will learn from this, so we are in your debt.

Linda

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