Sneezing Alexandrine Parrot
(Lowood, QLD, Australia)
Alexandrine Parrot 5 months - Baby
My bird (Alexandrine named Baby) sneezes (approx 7 times a day sometimes less sometimes more) I have asked a lot of people, some say its normal, others say take her to a vet. She has been sneezing since I got her (so I thought it was normal she is 5 months old and I got her at 2 months). She has no other indication that she is Ill (no red or swollen eyes, no wheezing, no struggling to breathe, no runny poo, nothing.), (I assumed it would be just dust) but on the odd occasion when she sneezes snot will come out (approx 1 in 30 sneezes this will happen, so not every day). (I am just about to start UNI so I barley have any money) So I have been looking everything up on the internet.
The only thing I could think of is human saliva can result in a bird contracting a cold or something simular (as I always kiss her and she always tries to get inside my mouth, I did stop all mouth contact when I found this out, but she was still sneezing on the odd occasion). My bird has a huge appetite, is extremely talkative (but can't say words yet), fly's like a champion (also exercises her wings by holding on to the bed at least once daily), and seems to be very happy all the time. So it is in no way extremely bad, but I am quite scared.
I was looking up avi-culture probiotics and contemplating buying some, however I thought I would consult an avian vet first. I have attached a photo I took about 5 minutes ago. (a bit about her lifestyle) -> She has a cage but is rarely inside it (once daily), she sleeps on my bed post, has her own perch with food and water attached. I am looking forward to hearing back from you, any advise will be greatly appreciated and if you think I should take her to a vet I will.