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Phoenix – Part 2

October 17, 2009

I scheduled Phoenix for an appointment with an avian veterinarian for the following diagnostic tests:

 1)  Physical examination

 2)  Fecal Parasite Check and examination of droppings

 3)  Fecal and Choanal Gram Stain

4)  Chlamydia Testing

5)  Polyoma Virus Testing

6)  Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease Testing

7)  Complete Blood Count

8)  DNA Sexing

I asked about thyroid testing, as it can be related to feather loss.  However, the veterinarian said that any abnormality would be found in the blood work. 

I was most concerned about the Psittacine Beak and Feather disease (pbfd), a fatal virus.  The result was negative. 

All results came back normal.  Phoenix is in good health. 

His diet consists of rice / beans / puréed vegetables (which includes kale), chopped hard boiled egg w/shell, pellets, mixed vegetables, brocoli, fresh apples, pears, grapes, micro waved sweet potato and fresh pepper slices.  Phoenix (and all of the flock) receives this menu daily.  As an evening treat, all receive a small piece of cooked hamburger.

Phoenix molted this spring, and most of his primary and secondary feathers came in.  His chest is still basically featherless, except for down.

Based on information on his leg band, which I had removed during Phoenix’s appointment with the veterinarian, his hatch date was 1989.  It is assumed that Phoenix’s feathering condition was caused by stress.

Related Posts:

Phoenix (Part 3)

Phoenix and His Greatest Lesson:  Forgiveness

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