Seed in Parrotlet's Feces
by Tim Marshall
(St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada)
We don't have any avian vets where I live or anywhere accessible. We've had our 9 year old parrotlet to a local vet who does get involved with birds. He examined the poop under a microscope and it seemed to be fine and he did an exam but couldn't find anything abnormal about him.
We gave him a broad base anti-biotic for about a week, but have him on water now. We've been syringe feeding him baby food for nearly a week and while he is not his old self, he seems to be a little better, but his poop is still full of undigested seed. We keep him under a heat lamp.
He started off with listlessness, sleeping all the time, inability to fly more than a foot or two. He *may* have gotten a chill on an unexpectedly exceptionally cold night a week-and-a-half ago. Our three other birds in the same room (another parrotlet, Quaker, and African grey) are fine. The sick parrotlet has lost a lot of weight - his breast bone has become very prominent, though with the baby food, he seems to be regaining weight, albeit very slowly.
Any suggestions? Thanks very much in advance