New bird check
We can do an assessment of your bird to check for abnormalities and illness. This is especially important if you already have other birds to prevent disease from spreading when you bring the new bird home. If this is your first bird, you can also use this time to get information and advice on nutrition, healthcare and more. You should also have your birds checked at least twice a year. These visits can include discussions on diet, environment and behaviour. Checks usually include a full physical, faecal and crop examination. We also trim nails if required. We can do wing trimming if required. If the bird has worms, direct worming can also be done during these check-ups.
Some of the most common tests that are performed for diagnostic purposes include:
- Microscopic faecal examination to look for parasites and bacteria and levels
- Oral and Crop examination using swabs to check yeasts, bacteria and parasites
- Gram stain to check for specific bacteria in order to determine the best antibiotic to use
- A culture may also be done to check for fungi, yeast and bacteria types in recurrent infections
- Blood tests for anaemia, inflammation and infections such as “Beak and Feather” disease
- Psittacosis (Chlamydia) testing if exposed to a chlamydia infection
- Biochemistry testing via blood sample to check blood sugar, calcium, electrolytes, liver and kidney function.
- DNA sexing via blood sample to check gender for some birds