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Can budgies pass crop infections to each other?

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hey all! Long time no see. I've been forgetful to talk on the forums but will try to share more later :)

For now, I have a quick question. Yuki has a crop infection, diagnosed today by the avian vet. He's got medication and a treatment plan. He's doing fine since I caught it in a very early stage (still eating, drinking normally, stool is normal; he's just not himself and was vomiting hence why I took him into the vet).

His partner Momo is sooooo so affectionate and regurgitates to Yuki every day multiple times a day. He just did it now and fed Yuki. I asked the vet if it was likely to pass on and she said no, which is good! But I wanted to ask other budgie owners if they have ever seen a crop infection go around a flock? Is it possible/has it happened to your flock before? I'm just keeping a close careful eye on them since they are so intimate with each other and Momo loves to feed Yuki all the time.

Here's a pic of my little guys from a few weeks ago! Momo is the blue one and Yuki is the white/gray one.

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I have treated numerous birds for crop infections and I have not had it passed to others, although it might be possible depending on how much goop is swapped between beaks.
I have treated numerous birds for crop infections and I have not had it passed to others, although it might be possible depending on how much goop is swapped between beaks.
Thank you!

Momo feeds him a lot. And there's usually a lot of saliva involved (ew, haha)—so I am being extra vigilant and watching Momo closely. He's had no symptoms or behavioral changes at all for weeks while Yuki was acting oddest.
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If the crop infection is bacterial and the budgies regurgitate to one another frequently, then the infection can pass from one budgie to the other.
If the crop infection is bacterial and the budgies regurgitate to one another frequently, then the infection can pass from one budgie to the other.
Thanks for sharing that!

I'm keeping a close eye on them. Momo is still in great health.
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