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Hello I have a 8 year old finch I raised from 2 days old. I have had a fecal culture test done on her as she keeps having bouts of smelly diarrhea. She lives in the cage by herself but when she was 2 years old she laid eggs one which was a broken one which caused a seizure. She amazingly recovered from this, but every year she goes through this egging phase but does not actually lay any eggs. Her abdomen swells up and around her vent for approx 2 months and then the swelling will go back down. However she has been having what looks like pea soup poop since last october. It will turn into a brown watery substance and also for about 4 years she do not have many feathers underneath her. I need to know what the test result means it is as follows parasitology no worm eggs or coccidia demonstrated cryptosporidia not seen giardia not seen campylobacter not isolated salmonella not isolated culture escherichia coli isolated (I need to know what this means) fungal culture +candida spp isolated (what does this mean) Flagellated protozoa not seen. This was sent to Axiom laboratory . Clearly this states there is e coli and candida present but to what degree? would these levels cause the smelly diarrhea? The best way to describe this is it smells like a cooked fried egg white only stronger. She eats nyjer seeds and sunflower hearts and has some fresh egg yolk daily but not much. Also finch seed and some greens. She is eating and drinking as normal. I did buy her a antibiotic once from usa which stopped the smelly poop but it came back a few days after she finished it. Thank you Emma.
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