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Old 07-02-2012, 06:53 AM
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Re: Why do so many birds get sick and die young?

I suppose it's also hard to get a clear, unbiased view of such things.

A) A bird is sick.
It dies, and you're told that you should have taken him to the vet.

B) A bird is sick.
You take it to the vet and it dies. (hopefully not).

I don't much like hospitals, people are always dying there; people rarely die at the park, so I'd rather go there when I'm ill.

I know that the above is incredibly simplistic, and bordering on patronising, but it's important to get an well-rounded perspective; a healthy pet wouldn't normally be going to the vet.

With regards to the immune system being built up, I agree. As someone here at work often says - "suck on a dishcloth!".
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Old 07-02-2012, 07:25 AM
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Re: Why do so many birds get sick and die young?

A very interesting thread. and i would think it is the combined effects of all of the above reasons. But thats not to say that the precautions we take are not necessary, i think they are necessary because we have made them necessary, even if they didnt used to be (such as in wild birds [who probably do have shorter lifespans])

It would be interesting to see in a number of years, if the australian / european / american species' of captive birds, have actually slowly deviated from each other for lack of inter-breeding...

It is really sad when it happens... but i would also think that sometimes for a sick bird who just needs some TLC (as long as you're sure it will be ok), that the vet can be the worst place for it to be. Some of the worst infections and diseases are only spread through hospitals, and i expect vets are no different, especially for an already weakened animal.

I am lucky by way of vets, that my avian vet works at the animal hospital, so i can see her in the event of out of hours emergencies as well. (have seen many terrible stories about ripoff emergencies on here). But i don't even know if she wants to see me anymore. She did not ring all last week to get us to pay her for some tests, and she said she would on tuesday... Pickles tests were positive for PBFD and i really want to get more blood work done to check for infections and his liver, but i have no idea how we are supposed to take him into that place with all the other animals that go through there every day... :/
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Re: Why do so many birds get sick and die young?

Healthy appearing and acting birds really should taken to an avian vet for a yearly wellness check up. Are people really doing this?? Are people really feeding their bird a healthy diet? Are people really exercising their birds? Are people avoiding bird fairs where viruses are spread? Are people breeding too many birds? Birds are complicanted and complex just like us humans. They really were not intended to be in a persons home. But we do.

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Old 07-02-2012, 04:23 PM
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Re: Why do so many birds get sick and die young?

My AV told me as long as my birds were eating a healthy diet ( pellets ,freash fruits and veggies and some seeds ) and they have had no changes in their behavior and no obvious signs of illness that a yearly check up was not necessary. why stress out a bird by making the trip and possibly exposing it to a sick bird that is there during my visit .
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Re: Why do so many birds get sick and die young?

I think it was Walter Cronkite who said "The world is no worse off than it was a half century ago it's just that news travels faster now."
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