Does My English Budgie Have Testicular Cancer?

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Pam G writes:

I have a 4-year-old male English budgie whose cere has changed from blue to purplish brown.

 

He also has loose whitish droppings and very large regular droppings.

 

He recently has stopped talking and doesn’t show interest in his mating rituals with his toys.

 

I am concerned that he has testicular cancer.

 

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Can I Give My Bird the Coronavirus? YES! Part 2

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The WHO has Changed its Position on Coronavirus and Pets

2nd pet dog tests positive for COVID-19 coronavirus

 

From the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association)

“Out of an abundance of caution, it is recommended that those ill with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus”  

 

Find part 1 here

 

Hi,

I think your article on birds catching the covid-19 might be misleading. 

 

Is there evidence of transmission from humans to birds for covid19? 

 

I think it’s highly unlikely.   

 

While these viruses can occasionally jump between distantly related species, it’s not common.  

 

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Are My Parakeet Babies Dying Due to Inbreeding?

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This super rare mutation (above) is what is known as the Feather Duster budgie. They are bred for their unusual feather growth which results in shortened lifespans. 

 

Cynthia H. asks

 

I have been raising parakeets for 6+ years and even handfed and took to bird stores to sell, but in the last couple of years I didn’t hand feed and they all crossbred with each other, I did not have the time to take to keep them separated.

 

But I noticed some kind of birth defect. The babies cannot fly, their wings start freezing up.

 

Their backs start curving down and they can barely walk and have a breathing problem, most have died. I still have one who loves getting her head scratched. Is this happening cuz they are inbred?

 

Help. Thank you for your time

 

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Can I Give My Bird the Coronavirus? Part 1

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From the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association)

“Out of an abundance of caution, it is recommended that those ill with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus”  

Read more https://www.avma.org/resources-tools/animal-health-and-welfare/covid-19

 

Find part 2 here

 

Short answer – yes.

 

Coronavirus is a zoonotic virus.

 

Coronavirus is a disease that began (we think) in a Chinese fish market that also sold wild animals.

 

Chinese people like to eat many wild animals and want to watch to make sure they are getting what they purchase. As a result, they can become contaminated by the animal’s blood in the markets they shop at.

 

I know many of us although concerned or tired of listening to the constant drone of news about the coronavirus.

 

Here are some articles we researched that will help you better understand the zoonotic relationship coronavirus has between you and your bird(s).

 

By the way, bleach is not an option to use around birds.

The vapors from chlorine bleach can cause irritation and even death in pet birds.

 

The Wuhan Coronavirus and Companion Pets

Coronaviruses in Avian Species – Review with Focus on Epidemiology and Diagnosis in Wild Birds

WHO recommendations to reduce the risk of transmission of emerging pathogens from animals to humans in live animal markets

List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 | US EPA

China bans wildlife trade, consumption because of the coronavirus outbreak

 

This bird-safe disinfectant will help guard your bird against Coronavirus.

mango pet focus RTU Can I Give My Bird the Coronavirus? Part 1

Mango Pet Focus Cleaner & Sanitizer Ready To Use Spray 32 oz [11401081001] – $21.00 :

 

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What is The True Lifespan of Parrots in Captivity?

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Hi Mitch,

 

Have you ever done an article on the true lifespan of parrots in captivity?

 

When I was first researching parrots (in the early 1990s) I read in Multiple places that Greys and other large parrots lived to their 80s.

 

But it turns out most don’t get even close to that.

 

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Can I Test My Pet Bird for Vitamin D?

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Hi Tracy

 

Hope all is well.

 

I received this inquiry and just need it fact-checked before I reply.

 

Thank you in advance.

 

Please stop telling people that you can do a blood test for vitamin D in a bird. According to Dr. Sakas and the Midwest Bird and Exotic Animal Hosp, there is no way to check for vitamin levels in a bird.

Thank you.” 

 

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How Can I Learn To Care For Every Pet Bird Type On The Planet?

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Having the responsibility of digital marketing for Windy City Parrot I Recently Googled the term “parrot care.”

 

A keyword phrase we need to rank for much better. 

 

What singularly struck me was a mediocrity of information for the top-ranked links on page 1 of Google’s search results.

 

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