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Eclectus's voice has gone squeaky? respiratory infection?

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I have come home from university to find that my eclectus's usual very loud squawking when she wants food etc has turned into a high pitched squeak. Its sounds like she is trying to make the same sound she has made for years and years but that she can't for some reason? Or has anyone heard of a parrot changing its natural call?

 

I am very worried that she has something wrong with her voice air sacs etc. She doesn't have any other symptoms and I haven't heard her talk. Can't ask my parents as they aren't back until tomorrow so panicking a bit!!!

 

Any advice would be greatful recieved,

 

Thank you

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My friend took her grey to the vets because his voice had changed. He had a crop infection. Might be worth at least ringing your Avian vet perhaps?

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Thanks for all the replys,

 

She is still the same. Seems really healthy otherwise, no feather bobbing etc, (and its not the mating noise they make). Can't hear any wheezing either.

 

She is eating well, her behaviour is no different although she is talking less. Its only loud noises she is having trouble making, poor thing. I phoned an avian vet, and they said to take her to a normal, non bird specialist and they could always talk to their avian vet on the phone, as its a very long journey for our eclectus to make, and she does tend to get rather car sick.

 

But it won't be for a day or two at the least. My mum thinks it could be a aspergillus infection though and looking it up, it sounds horrific. Any words fo advice? She really does appear healthy and normal otherwise but its true that her immune system is probably not excellant.It would be good to know how urgently she needs to be taken to the vet so as to spur my mum into action if needed (i'm not at home)

 

Thank you for any further help

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Hi it could be a crop infection or aspergillus either way she needs to go to the vets ASAP as the longer it's left the harder it will be to treat.A vet needs to listen to her air sacs and look in her mouth as soon as possible.Keep us informed good luck

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Thank you for your advice, I have told my mum to take her tomorrow. She doesn't believe its anything serious as she seems particularly healthy and happy at the moment, so i'm greatful for your advice or else she would probably not have believed me that its urgent!!

 

fingerscrossed the vet will be able to tell whats wrong. I wouldn't know what to do with myself if she got really sick :(

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I must be honest, I am very surprised by the attitude of your avian vet, Ok, so they can talk over the phone but quite frankly a normal vet probably wouldn't know what he is looking for.

 

Birds hide there illnesses very well and sometimes by he time we know they are ill, it is too late to do anything.

 

I personally feel that you need to get the bird to an avian vet asap to have the problem investigated.

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She was taken to a bird specialist today and given the all clear! Apparently she's in top health :). She is talking normally again and to be honest, what ever caused her usual loud scream to change to a squeak is for the best in my opinion as long as her health is not affected!

 

Thanks for all your advice :)

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