Wet/moist tongue and/or mouth & Fecal Question
Should a parrot have a moist tongue/mouth/throat besides after drinkig or consuming moist foods? My Sun Conure likes to pick/preen my face and I can often feel moisture coming off her tongue. I look i her mouth andthe throat looks moist/wet.
The tongue is not usually visibly wet or moist but after some picking at my face it becomes so. Also sometimes when she vocalizes she will start bobbing her head like she is about to regurgitate but nothiing comes out of her mouth. She does this sometimes for no apparent reason as well when she is alone in her cage.
I realize they may do this to toys or people (she does it often to me) but I was concerned about her doing it alone or when chirping. Any thoughts? Could she have a crop infection? She also picks out the feathers on her crop and has done this off and on for years. How is a crop infection diagnosed? Should I have cultures of the throat or crop done and if so how does a vet perform this?
I was always wondering if a vet does a Gram stain/wet mount on a bird's feces and nothing unusual is seen should a culture still be done and can a culture be done for more than one organism or is it for one specific thing and multipe cultures have to be done to check for bacteria, yeast or fungus seperately. Thanks!