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Hi there, vet Andrew here. How is her appetite?
she is still eating fine, sunflower seeds mostly. also forgot to say in first message that she has been chewing clothes a fair bit this last couple of weeks and scratching.
Are her eyes looking normal?
yes they seem to be, although she has scratched the feathers off the right hand side between her eye and her beak.
OK, with a bird presenting with these signs I would be concerned about a disease called psittacosis, which can affect humans and needs antibiotic treatment with something like doxycycline. Another possibility would be a pox virus. If the diet is of poor quality then there is a remote chance that vitamin A deficiency could be causing some of the skin symptoms. Because of the danger to humans of psittacosis I would strongly recommend you take her to a vet for assessment and treatment. In the meantime, give her plenty of fresh water to drink and some softened food. Use a kettle to create steam in her room to help her breathe. Keep everything well ventilated. Wash your hands after handling her or her cage contents and keep children away from her until she's been treated.
ok thanks very much, il make an appointment with vets tomorrow, she has a healthy diet, always eating apples grapes nuts etc. its fairly varied.
That's good, parrots appreciate a good, fresh varied diet. While you're at the vet's, ask them to check for any skin parasites. I wish you all the best, ***** ***** let me know how you get on. Vet Andrew
i will do, thanks very much.
No problem. Many thanks for your rating, and remember you can still get in touch via the website to let me know how you get on.
hi thanks for getting back in touch, i didn't actually take her to the vets. when i came back from work late that night, i checked on her and found she had laid an egg in her food bowl, i checked online and apparently its quite common. she laid another yesterday and looks like she is going to do it again. any idea how long this will go on for ? thanks, darren.
her voice is better but not what it was, as is her squawking. she is still fairly quiet compared to what she is normally, which is not a bad thing, ha. apart from that she is fine, still eating and drinking plenty. il wait a while and see how she does with the eggs, thanks very much, darren.