shock, fungus possible

by kay
(Burlington, NC)

I work in a pet shop and I'm concerned about a cockatail that has been in our care for two weeks. He is the sweetest bird ever, until about a week ago and we sold the companion. We didn't realize they boded so quickly and he hasn't been the same since. He is puffing up and squawking all the time. I mess with him trying to get him out of that mindset and it works until I have to put him back in. Now every time I walk by he sees me and squawks. Soon after the sell of the other bird his been started to turn dark in places like a fungus. It is getting worse and so is his need to cuddle. I don't know how to help him. A vet told me not to mess with him since we really don't know what is wrong. Is there anything I can do? I can't let him get attached to me too.

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May 04, 2010
bird owner
by: Al Mitchell

its seems you talked to a Avian Vet, but it sounds like you haven't had the bird seen, that is of the upmost importance for 1st the bird, but also for other pets and humans in the store, it should be diagnosed for treatment, concern is nice but this requires a more active intervention for the health and welbeing of the bird

May 03, 2010
shock, fungus possible
by: Linda

GET THIS BIRD TO AN AVIAN VET AS QUICKLY AS YOU CAN BECAUSE HE IS DYING. What is wrong with him is partly related to being separated from his mate, and partly due to him already being ill.

This bird is sick, and the other part is the Cockatiel, like all other parrots, bond with a mate for life. When the mate is taken away or dies, the other bird will die unless he is given another bird immediately.You also need to do some study on the nature of parrots and birds in general. How can you educate a prospective buyer if you are as in the dark as they are?

THIS BIRD IS ILL, AND YOU MUST TAKE IT TO A LICENSED AND TRAINED AVIAN VET. Not a dog and cat vet, but an AVIAN VET who will do proper tests for bacterial and viral infections. Whatever is wrong with him could also be wrong with every other bird in close proximity to him as both viral and bacterial infections are extremely contageous including any birds you have sold.

Taking sick birds or animals to vet is required by law for any establishment buying and selling live animals and birds. If Avian vet says it is likely other birds also have the illness, then all your birds will have to be taken in, diagnosed and given the proper medication.

DO NOT EVEN THINK OF THROWING THIS BIRD IN THE BACK ROOM TO DIE BECAUSE EVERY BIRD YOU HAVE IN STORE AND ALL YOU HAVE SOLD MAY ALSO BE SICK WITH WHATEVER HE HAS. TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY BECAUSE NOT TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR THIS ONE BIRD CAN RESULT IN YOUR STORE BEING SHUT DOWN EITHER TEMPORARILY OR PERMANENTLY.All it takes is one customer whose bird dies and is told it had a communicable disease, most likely, when purchased.

I don't know what vet told you to not mess with him, but hear me very clearly. You are in violation of human safety laws if this bird and any others are not treated after being diagnosed.You are in violation of human safety law is you do not get this bird diagnosed right away so you know what you are dealing with.Your store is responsible for any liabilities involved in selling sick birds who later die because customers didn't realize they were sick from store.

Shop owner has to pay for this bird's trip to vet and also for any other sick birds or those who have had ANY CLOSE CONTACT WITH THIS ONE IN YOUR STORE. Until you find out what the problem is, you cannot, by law, buy or sell any birds. You are under the gun here, so do the responsible and right thing for all birds and humans involved. The old saying, "What goes around, comes around" has never had more meaning than right here in this very case.

Linda

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