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Old 02-15-2019, 05:47 PM
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Question I didn't know about quarantine.

So, in another introduction post, I said that I had very recently gotten another bird named Luna. I didn't know about quarantine and I had already brought Skye in the room where Luna's cage was. Everyone is fine of course and when I had gotten Skye she wasn't sick at all and I've had her for two years now. I guess I'll have to see how my birds will be since they have already been in the same room. I don't think it's a very common thing, my mother had budgies growing up and has never had that problem of them being sick. Although that was a long time ago. I think both of them will be fine.

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Hey Cheyenne

You still need to do quarantine. Even if your new budgie is not sick, letting him or her spend the full quarantine period in another room is important for other reasons.

They need this time to settle into their new home, which is stressful, without the added stress of another bird they don't know. Additionally, this lets them be comfortable with you as well, which is important when you introduce them in neutral territory later.

It's true that sometimes the bird may not be sick. However, budgies (and all birds) are very good at hiding illnesses - they have to be; it's a survival instinct, as birds that seem ill or weak are picked off first by predators. Thus, there is no way to be sure that any new bird you bring home is not sick and it's ALWAYS better to be safe
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Cheyenne,

The purpose of Talk Budgies is to promote Best Practices for the health and well-being of budgies.

You joined the forum in May of 2017 when you got first got Skye, so I'm quite surprised to hear you didn't read the stickies and Budgie articles as you were advised to in the Welcome Private Message, Welcome Visitor Message as well as in my post on your initial introductory thread. The link regarding quarantine is included in each of those.

Quarantine is considered to be a "Best Practice" to minimize risk and to promote the health and well-being of budgies when you bring them into your home.
The staff tries very hard to educate our members by providing the links to necessary information when people first join the forum.
If you have not yet read the stickies at the top of each forum section as well as the Budgie Articles, I strongly encourage you to do so.
These are great resources for Talk Budgie members and have a wealth of reliable information which will assist you to learn the best practices in caring for your budgies for their optimal health and well-being.

As StarlingWings has explained, it is not too late to quarantine Luna and I hope you will at this time.

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Cheyenne, I’ve had birds for decades now. I have also talked on groups and forums with many others who have birds. Quarantine is definitely necessary. You can’t always visually “see” a bird who is ill until it’s in the later stages where they can no longer hide it.

I have even had a personal experience with this years ago. I purchased a juvenile parrot (budgies are also a parrot species) who was lively, acted and looked normal, and had gorgeous feathering when I bought her. She ended up going downhill quickly, and passing from a contagious incurable illness. Fortunately it didn’t spread to my other birds. I have, over the years heard of countless similar stories from others.

Buying a beautiful bird who looks and acts perfectly healthy, but is actually harboring illness or disease can and does happen. While it doesn’t happen all the time obviously, it is not as rare of an occurrence as you might think.

Even if most likely your bird is healthy, wouldn’t you want to be safe rather than sorry?
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Luna (now named Jay) is in a small quarantine until Wednesday.

I've stepped it up from Wednesday to March. I wish quarantine wasn't necessary. I honestly don't think Jay is sick (or will become sick) I'm just doing this as a precaution. I just feel sad about it because Skye definitely knows there's a bird in the house somewhere. They keep chirping to each other from different rooms. While Jay is waiting I'll work on hand training him. I've also been setting timelapses to see what he does when I'm out of the room. It's pretty interesting.

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That’s great to hear Cheyenne . I’m sure all will be just fine with Jay, but it’s always best to be sure. Make sure you wash your hands after servicing the cage.

Quarantine will be over before you know it .
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Thatís great to hear Cheyenne . Iím sure all will be just fine with Jay, but itís always best to be sure. Make sure you wash your hands after servicing the cage.

Quarantine will be over before you know it .
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I've actually moved his quarantine closer to March. It's hard though, especially when your two budgies keep trying to talk to each other even though they are in different rooms.
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Most of the time they don’t have an illness, true. But the countless tragic stories I’ve heard of over the years would scare me into doing it every time. Good for you Cheyenne.

Be aware too, that if any pathogens are on your hands, clothes, hair, etc. it can also get transferred to the other bird from that too. It’s best not to handle too much while in quarantine. I know it’s a pain, but it will be over soon .
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I always make sure to wash my hands after handling the birds. Jay isn't even brave enough yet to come out of the cage so I'm not really handling him yet. And Skye is in her cage pretty much all the time now since my family has gotten a new puppy named Ollie who isn't very fond of her and would rather eat her but Skye has a huge cage built by my dad and made with bird safe wood. She absolutely loves it in there. Hope she'll be able to share with Jay LOL
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I’m sure you know this; but make absolutely sure that the birds are 100% safe at all times from the puppy. Puppies are very fast, and many have predatory instincts from an early age. What kind of pup is Ollie?
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