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Message #2122. This is a followup to #2119.

Date:Saturday September 25, 2004 7:20:40 pm MDT
Subject:Re: Capt Jack - Dangers of Pet Fairs
Message:Well, pet expos and any place there is a large gathering of birds from all over, those are very good places to pick up all sorts of diseases.  This article here talks about buying birds from bird fairs - .  Although I suppose it is entirely possible for a breeder to bring a healthy baby to a bird fair, only to have it handled by someone who previously handled an infected bird thus passing along an infection, I wouldn't put it past any breeder who sells their birds at a bird fair never expecting to hear or see from that purchaser again.  But bird fairs can definitely be a place where diseases are spread and found in abundance.  I love bird fairs for their great prices on supplies and toys...but unless I am prepared to thorougly disinfect and clean items intended for my birds, I am only exposing them to dangers.  Plus, unless I remove my shoes when I get home and my clothes go directly into the washer, and then I get into the shower - all before handling my birds, I am possibly exposing them to dangers again.

I hope you enjoy reading this link.

Oh, and "monster poops" - yes, that seems to be a conure thing here in my home.  They love to keep their cages as clean as possible and will be more than happy to hold their overnight accumulation for the first chance they get to come out of their cages.  If you are very encouraging when they eliminate in a particular area, they should be very easy to "potty train", although poops in their cages are bound to happen.  I have 23 parrots and 4 of them are conures and I can tell you that they keep their perches, toys and cages the cleanest, by far.  Yes, the morning bring very monsterous poops.  I always "ooh and ahh" and make a big deal when they give me their morning poopy.  They are so smart!

Dawn1 wrote:
> Hello again!
> After the first day of medication, he was pretty peeved about the
> whole thing. Now granted, it was his 3rd day here and we took him to
> the Vet, who clipped a nail to get blood, which opened up again that
> night (We didnt know thats how the vet did it), to which we freaked
> out and bugged the animal hospital on the phone several times. Corn
> starch every where, kid crying cause he doesnt know ehy the birdie is
> bleeding, then the next day or so we start the medicine. I was sure he
> was going to hate me after all that so early on. BUT, luckily he came
> back aroung and is just as sweet as pie.
> We think that he picked up the bacteria from the pet expo where we
> got him. We let the breeder know, she was pretty surprised by it all.
> But the Vet thinks he is fine, no permanent damage. We caught it
> pretty early on and treated it real hard and fast.
> HAs anyone ever had a bird who doesnt poop all night, but saves it
> all up for you in the morning? This kid has MONSTER poop! LOL
> His new habit, which goes along with the eye patch thing. Its that he
> loves to sit on your shoulder and and will fly to you any chance he
> gets. So far he has been real behaved about it when he is there.
> Mostly he just likes to snuggle and what not. I have read the stories
> about people having their faces ripped open by Macaws.. He hasnt bit
> anyone yet, even when he was angry about the medicine and cornstarch.
> HE even let me kinda hold open his beak to get the medicine in with my
> finger. But anytime he craws down your back or hops on your head, he
> gets taken back to his play gym thing.
> But he has started to nibble, which tickeles me to death. Right now
> he is sitting on my shoulder playing with my shirt collar and beeping
> at me.
> The hardest part is NOT spoiling him rotten.. But I am determined to
> have him happy and healthy for the next 40 years and I know I have to
> restrain myself... But he now knows that whenever we are home, he is
> out of his cage even it that means he is on the rolling play gym
> playing by him self.
> I love him lots
> :)
> Dawn

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