Buttercup (our little yellow budgie) became ill suddenly. The vet ran some tests but unfortunately she passed. She did a necropsy which revealed megabacteria. Then Tinkerbell, Zira and Trident all started acting funny so I took them in. Suspecting that they also had it she started them on amphoteracin B (the antifungal medication) and advised that I start the other birds on it as well.
We lost Zira and Tinkerbell Wednesday and Thursday of last week. Then on Saturday my dear sweet Trident passed. I am heartbroken. Of all of my birds he was the most dear to me. I love all of my birds but Trident was special, I have had him the longest. He was the reason that I got involved with birds.
So far Cornelius and the Cockatiels are symptom free, but this bacteria can go un noticed for months with no symptoms and is hard to diagnose in a live symptom free bird. We only caught because of the necropsy done on ButterCup. It is believed that she suffered with this silently for months.
Have any of you ever heard of this illness? I had thought that we were safe, I quarantined over 30 days, and things were fine. I had thought that all illness showed themselves within 30-40 days, I was wrong. Now I only have 1 budgie, and have lost a very dear friend.
Fly high and free Trident, you, TinkerBelle, ButterCup and Zira will be forever loved and missed!
Oh no!!!! I am so sorry to be reading this... I've never dealt with it, so I cant advise on it really. I guess I'd say have your other birds wet fecal mater tested
*very big hugs!!!*
Apparently it doesn't always show up in the *****, it is very hard to detect if there are no symptoms.
We are treating the tiels and Corni just in case because they all had so much contact. Big Maggie should be safe as she is not allowed contact with them.
Corni is so lost without the other budgies, Stella is mothering him (it is cute). None of them like me right now cause I am the medicater, lol.
I just feel so bad about it all. I know it wasn't my fault but I still feel responsible because I didn't catch it in time. I hope that the others will be ok at least.
I was reading one website about it and they were having the same thing of their birds dying, and had the rest tested and 25% came up possitive These birds were still acting fine, no signs of illness. Another article said alot of budgies carry it, but are not affected by it, and are then passing it on to other birds after quarantine! Its a scary thing, I hope you guys are able to nip it in the butt
Originally Posted by Cannuck
my fault but I still feel responsible because I didn't catch it in time. I hope that the others will be ok at least.
Dont feel bad that you didnt catch it... the page i was reading said from the onset of a problem, they normally pass on 12-24 hours later
I am so sorry, this was a big loss. At least you had the necroscopy done so you could try to do something with the other birds. I have read about this bacteria in some of the threads here. It sounds like it is a problem and not easy to detect in enough time. You did what you could and what could reasonably be expected. I hope you had a nice funeral for them, it is actually helpful. I have all but two of my pets buried in my yard, with bushes over them. It means something emotionally, not that it is the least bit logical.
Cutie Pie, Olive, Budgie, Baby Boy, Star, Pepper, Ariel, Oscar, Charlie, Little One, Chiclet.
Cutie Pie, Olive, Ariel, Little One and Chiclet are children of Budgie and Oscar.
Budgie and Star left us in 2009. Pepper and Oscar left us this year, 2010. 2018 and all are gone. Ariel and Cutie Pie died this Feb and March. Both over 11 years old.
A good day is a day all your birds are happy and healthy.
I'm really shocked. I've also never heard of it. Had you recently added a new budgie? Is that how it was introduced to your flock? After you quarantined, that is quite scarey. But i guess if this this thing can go unnoticed for months, then there's not a lot anyone could have done in this situation, including yourself.
I'm really sorry for your losses. RIP little birdies.
__________________ "Some say they don't believe that Angels can be seen or heard. What a shame such blindness, what a pity such deafness, when the Song of Songs abounds and heaven's flyers are all around, only thinly disguised... as birds" - Author unknown
That is the saddest thread I've ever read. It hurts to read it.
But I thank you with all my heart for telling us about the problem. Now how to avoid getting it!? Any suggestions? If many Budgies carry it - does it only get out of hand once in a while?
This may be the one of those things that turns people off Budgies & keeps them away from the rest of their flock. I also have heard they can be carriers of Beak & Feather disease [PBFD] & resistant at the same time.