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Hello everybody,
I have a sweetheart called Olie, just over 2 months old. The last few days I noticed him eating less and being quiet. But as I know that birds are really sick once you start noticing things. I went to the aviary vet and his stool was fine. No bacteria or parasites. However, they found an upper respiratory bacterial infection. His medicine is antibiotic and as I never have administered medicine they showed me how. Now we got home and I put him on his perch. And he is not doing well. He is so quiet and he sits so still. I put him on my chest for a little extra warm touch. This afternoon he still ate, not much but a little.
I am very worried....was I too late? will he make it? when will the medicine start to work?
Maybe someone has advise?
 

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It really upsets me to tell you this but repertory infections to cockatiels are very deadly! I KNOW, I've lost two already to it! The really bad thing is once they start showing signs, it's nearly always too late. Does your bird act like he's having trouble breathing.....in otherwords gasping for air? If so, that's a sure sign. I took both of mine to our bird vet but it came on so sudden, there was nothing he could do. I'm sure pulling for you and your bird and HOPE he makes it!
 

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It really upsets me to tell you this but repertory infections to cockatiels are very deadly! I KNOW, I've lost two already to it! The really bad thing is once they start showing signs, it's nearly always too late. Does your bird act like he's having trouble breathing.....in otherwords gasping for air? If so, that's a sure sign. I took both of mine to our bird vet but it came on so sudden, there was nothing he could do. I'm sure pulling for you and your bird and HOPE he makes it!
Hi! he has not much trouble breathing. If you hold him close you can hear a grasping sound. But not gasping for air. At this moment he just sits on his perch. This morning he looked a little more alert.... but still not eating or drinking. With alert I mean that his head was looking around and not just staying where you put him, he was climbing to get on my shoulder.. yesterday that was a different story.
A friend said that the medicine will make them drowsy. But I need to give it. So I gave this morning and now he just sits there. I have a warming lamp to keep him comfortable but not hot. I got a few drops of water into him.
Do you think I got there on time?
At this moment he just sleeps on his perch.
 

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If he's made it this long, I'd say there IS hope! The breathing infection that got mine did them in took less than 24 hrs!
 

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I hope he makes it. In the meantime lots of small improvements. He has been taking water (with dextrose) from a spoon and I also saw him drinking from his bowl. He has not been eating when offered yet but been picking on some bits and pieces. Also, he started preening again and I heard some small sounds coming from him.
I am crossing my fingers and hope I got it in time....
 

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Mine is having a similar problem and was diagnosed 2 days ago with Chlamydiosis (Parrot Fever). She most likely got it from her cage mate who died of the same problem just a week ago.
Symptoms include: difficulty breathing, fluffed feather, decreased appetite, salivates a lot .

I have been giving her doxycycline diluted in water (100 mg / 1 Liter). I change out the water every 12-24 hours.
Currently, I make sure she's always warm in a room with at least 30 degree C temperature and below 34 degrees C. I've change the newspaper in her cage 2x a day to make sure the floor is clean. I wash the perch daily and put the cage in the sun to disinfect 2 hours a day. I clean her water bowl with soap and water 1x daily. I make sure she gets around 2.7ml of the diluted doxycycline a day so I mix 2 ml daily into her formula. To make her eat, I put formula in a syringe and feed her around 1.5ml-3ml (4-5x a day) depending on how much she responds to my feeding. I also add honey into the formula for added sugar and calories. DO NOT force feed your bird formula if it's refusing it, it can aspirate and die. Instead, try to feed tiny amounts multiple times a day.

It's too early to say if she'll make it but, it's been 2 days in a row that the symptoms haven't worsen. It hasn't gotten better but compared to my previous bird who died in just 3 days after showing symptoms, I'm feeling hopeful. Hope this is helpful for you and praying your baby recovers. Sending love and prayers 💛
 
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