One month old baby sun conure sneezing frequently

by Jessica
(Jacksonville, AR)

Hi, I purchased my baby sun conure from a breeder over 2 weeks ago. He was at the time 2 weeks old and seemingly healthy, he did sneeze maybe once or twice when we got him home but nothing enough to cause concern. However now the bird is 4 weeks old and growing fine but he sneezes way more often. I'm not sure if it's a cold or not because his eyes are bright and nostrils are clear also when he sneezes there is no discharge. I do on occasion hear a crackling or popping sound when he breathes and today when he was napping on me he turned on his side and then seemed to have trouble breathing for a breif second. I'm not sure what to do since he gives me mixed signals.

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Jul 20, 2010
Birdie Cold indeed
by: Jessica

He does infact have a respitory infection the vet gave me some antibotics and she says he should be getting better in a couple days. Aside from the cold the bird is perfectly healthy in every other way.

Jul 19, 2010
Thanks!
by: Jessica

Yes I am handfeeding him and his doing quite well. I have a vet appointment first thing tomorrow! Thank You

Jul 19, 2010
One month old baby sun conure sneezing frequently
by: Linda

Hopefully you are still handfeeding him as he cannot be weaned until closer to 3 months old.

Your bird is sick with an upper respiratory infection, and needs to be seen by an Avian Vet in your driving area. The Avian vet will do some tests to see whether infection is bacterial or viral and then prescribe the correct meds for him. It is important that you not let this go on any longer as baby birds die quickly from untreated infections. Their immune systems are almost not there, and they will get worse very quickly, so DO NOT DELAY GETTING HIM TO AN AVIAN VET.

If, for some reason, you are NOT handfeeding this baby, then you need to go back to breeder and learn how to do it because a bird this young cannot even begin to be able to digest adult foods. I just assume you were shown how to feed him and are doing that.

Let us know what the Avian Vet has to say, and please move quickly on this as your time is limited here.

Linda

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