FOR THE PET BIRD HANDLING, HUSBANDRY, AND NUTRITION WORKSHOP
Several birds from different owners will come together,
some with unknown backgrounds, for these workshops. So, depending on your birds age and species, there are specifically
two diseases that your bird may need to test negative for or
provide current documentation of negative tests. The required tests
are for Chlamydia, which is a respiratory disease, and Beak and Feather
disease. Your bird may need to test negative for both tests before bringing
them to the second session. Owners only are invited for the first session.
No birds for the first session please. Only bring birds for sessions
2-4. Also, each bird must have their wings trimmed so they are not
flighted. Currently, the science to detect the presence of these two
diseases is not exact. Both
tests for $110.69.
- Chlamydia is a
bacteria-like organism. This is a highly infectious disease that
humans can contract
from birds. Inhaling or ingesting the particles
from nasal secretions or feces transmits
it from bird to bird. The organism may survive
for months in the feces. Also, Chlamydia can be transmitted from
to bird. This disease
can be fatal to both birds and humans. This test
is used in this instance, for healthy birds with
no respiratory symptoms. Other tests are used
at other times if a bird is sick for faster results,
among other reasons. There is no single test or
technology currently available that can
absolutely 100% determine if a bird has, or does
not have, Chlamydia.
and Feather disease attacks the immune system and is caused
by a virus that can literally float through
The virus is also shed in feather dust, feces,
and crop secretions. Infection occurs by ingestion,
inhalation, or egg transmission. There
is no effective therapy for this disease. Controlling
the spread of the disease is through removing
the infected bird from breeding collections
information page is available that gives some details of what
will be covered in each
session. If the results of your bird’s screening test
are positive, more testing may be needed.
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