Alright, I ask because this morning Juliet was flicking her food...
She didnt do it at first ate pretty hungrily then 2 minutes later started to flick.. When I helped her by tearing small pieces she ate them with no problem. This continued till the end of the feeding then she ate on her own from there. Somtime during the feeding It could of been my imagination but I thought I heard her weeze. I Immediatly thought asper and before heading off the school ( I was almost late ) grabed my chc guide and began reading it. Coccidosis and Asper both have the flicking symptoms.
Give her some attention soon. See if you can hear or see anything. if you do, its gonna be small. Red Tails are very hearty birds and they are not usually prone to asper. Cocidiosis you would DEFINITELY notice something in the mutes. I would say if you're still spooked, call the vet, describe it and ask for advice and specifics as to what to look for. A phone call doesn't hurt, and it is close to free
Calling sponsor is a must also if you suspect either.
How is her disposition? Is she acting normal? Listen to her chest with a stethascope or your ear and if you hear any gurgling or raspy breathing, get her to the Vet ASAP. Asper can kill birds if it is not caught quickly. Had a bird once that we had to put in an air tight container 4 times a day and give breathing treatments to him. RTs are hardy birds, but I have had many rehab RTs come in with Asper and the male education RT at my last job had Asper when I got there. He got it from the mews being too damp.
On a raptor rehab listserve that I am on, there has been a lot of talk of Asper in birds in the north this year. I don't know where you are.
She seems perfectly normal, when feeding her again today she didnt flick anything at all. Other then her dropy wing I woulda say she's fine.. I wonder if I just caught somthing at its earliest stage and thats why nothing is jumping out at me.. I sure hope not.
Post by Master Yarak on Oct 6, 2004 0:52:09 GMT -5
They hide their symptoms very well. This particular bird has been through alot already. It may have recessive traits. Its autoimune system may be diminished. If you think somethings wrong it may well be. If your intuition tells you it is something you had better listen. I know things are fiscally tight they are for most of us, but quick check by a raptor vet can prove priceless. Yarak
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I've been trying to contact my neighbors ( the rehabbers) all day but to no avail. They are the closest substitute to a vet I have. The closest would be 2-3 hours away so in my case Prevention is do or die.
I'm assuming that the raptor vet is that distance away and not a regular vet. You can collect a fecal sample and give it to a regular vet for anaylisis. At least you can narrow it down a bit. Diarrhea it best described as a dark runny liquid like substance. There will be no defined urates and feces as they blend together in this situation. Now, Before you panic because your bird gets the runs, think about the situation first. Have you recently changed the diet of the bird? Has the bird been under stress? Other symtoms? These are things that need assesing before panic takes over. My bird has had the runs for a few slices at a time for "no apparent reason". After careful research, I narrowed it down to diet change. She was fine a few hours later. Also, have your bird checked out 1-2 times a year to test for any internal parasites. etc.......Prevention being the key ;D.....
Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines "Give a man a fish, and you'll feed him for a day; give him a religion................ and he'll starve to death while praying for a fish."