Split Shaft , beak and feather disease?

mmelgz1980

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I recently welcomed a Corella to my flock. I noticed he has split shafts with what looked like dry blood. These feathers have been sent out to the lab. Please give your opinion. I am worried this might be beak and feather disease. Pictures Attached.
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were these feathers found loose on the ground? the last pictures look like there barbered off unless you cut the base of the shaft for some reason?
 

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Hmm, well it's hard for us to really give you an answer to if he does or doesnt have pbfd. I would just isolate him from the other birds and keep things very clean until you get results back.
 

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At this point, we all wait for the Lab results! In the mean time, as stated above, start adjust you home to care for a Parrot with pbfd! Isolate is a crucial part as you need to be thinking separation.

Contact those who you purchased the Parrot from and tell them that you are having the Parrot tested for possible pffd, and they need to begin isolating /separating as well.
 

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He looks very healthy aside from the feathers that were tested, I'm sending good wishes your way that he is just barbering and doesn't have PBFD.
Please let us know what the results are, do you have any idea how long they will take to come in?
I would do as mentioned above and keep him completely separated from any other birds until you know for sure. I would also recommend changing clothes after being in with him to be on the safe side.
 
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At this point, we all wait for the Lab results! In the mean time, as stated above, start adjust you home to care for a Parrot with pbfd! Isolate is a crucial part as you need to be thinking separation.

Contact those who you purchased the Parrot from and tell them that you are having the Parrot tested for possible pffd, and they need to begin isolating /separating as well.
This is a very alarming response.
 

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My first parrot also went through testing for PBFD and I agree it can be quite scary to think about. I also was recommended to keep my bird separated and practice strict cleaning procedures until we knew more. You'll know one way or the other when you get the lab results back, but it can feel like a million years away, I know ❤️
 

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All of your responses are very alarming.
I'm so sorry that we alarmed you, but I think we all wanted you to be aware of how contagious that PBFD can be. Thankfully it isn't as common in parrots in captivity as it is in parrots in the wild, but when PBFD is even a possibility it's better to take as many precautions as possible.
I'm really hoping that the test results will bring you good news. Did they mention how long it would take to get the results back?
 
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Its part of the practice of Preparing for the Worst, and if all works out well, celebrate!!
You are not giving an advice; you are just preparing people for the worst. People join forums for advice.
 

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Very disappointed, no coments about what it could be.

I've never seen anything like this, myself. My parrot does destroy his feather shafts but they don't look like this when he does it. His are more often snapped across the shaft or chewed like corn on the cob.

My veterinarian's advice regarding my bird's feather issues has always been to check in with my vet whenever I notice anything new, and keep my parrot isolated until we know he's not carrying something contagious. He's little so it took quite some time to be able to get enough blood to test for everything. My veterinarian wasn't trying to scare me, but was offering advice that would help protect ALL my birds, my feather problem bird included, until we had more information.
 

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Unfortunately there are not many vets or folx with parrot specific medical experience, and as others have said this does look very odd.

We are trying to save you from the potential heartbreak of your entire flock being infected. Any time I parrot sit for someone whose birds’ medical history I don’t know, I shower, change clothes, etc as soon as I am done taking care of their birds; I even keep a dedicated pair of shoes for the occasion and wash them when I’m done. I also quarantine new birds in a separate air space until all vet testing comes back.

I used to volunteer at an animal shelter for dogs and cats and did the same thing. Didn’t want to accidentally bring home ringworm or something. In fact, I have two cats in isolation in my house for ringworm, and I do the same thing - change of clothes/shower after cleaning and disinfecting their areas or giving them their medicated baths.
 

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You are not giving an advice; you are just preparing people for the worst. People join forums for advice.

Very disappointed, no coments about what it could be.
We gave you the best advice we can about keeping him separated until the test results come back. It was mentioned that he could just be barbering his feathers. Unfortunately, none of us are vets so we can't diagnose what's wrong.
 

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Well that is certainly the best news you can get!

Just a note: None of us on the Forums are Avian Vets and offering medical diagnosis is not within the purview of the Forums. Precautions, and opinions, yes. Sorry that we could not offer more information.
 

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