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He's beautiful, thanks for rescuing him from his previous environment. Unfortunately there is not one specific test for Aspergillosis and is often a process of elimination based on a compilation of various tests and is a difficult problem to treat. Based on what you said about his former home he could have multiple issues in the respiratory tract. I am not aware of any type of test kit that you could use, the best thing would be to have a gram stain done on a crop swab, that would reveal the bacterial count of gram negative and positive bacteria and any other nasties such as fungus or parasites that might be there, although it is not specific as to what bacteria or fungus might appear, you would need to have a culture done to determine specifics. Iodine deficiency is easily treated with a solution added to the water. Has the possibility of air sac mites been addressed, that would be treated with Ivermectin which is generally put on the skin between the shoulders but can also be given by injection. I understand how you feel about the stress of various procedures, I have been through many with my birds from bloodwork and x-rays to major and minor surgery and thankfully they have not had any bad outcomes from the procedures, it can sometimes depend on the skill of the person doing the procedure, although always stressful, a team that handles birds on a daily basis may be more skilled and can get things done fast.