Thanks to everyone who responded to this query in mid-February. Daisy, the cockatiel, is still sickly and we have decided (along with the opinion of the vet and books we are reading) that the infection is aspergillus. She coughs and wheezes throughout the day and we are at our wit's end with her. However, she is a strong bird and is holding her own, although it's clear she won't make it unless she is able to get rid of this fungus.

We are thinking of a new regimen of antibiotics, like the gel recommended by Toucan Lady. Thanks and we would be happy for any other advice to help us save Daisy. The vet does not give us hope.
I read of a couple who finally gave up their aspergillus-infected bird to their vet, who treated him regularly with antibiotics. But the bird apparently was never able to shake the infection. Nor are the books we are reading very encouraging about a cure.
Thanks to the people who gave their kind advice.
Thanks to everyone who responded to this query in mid-February. Daisy,the cockatiel, is still sickly and we have decided ... Nor are the books weare reading very encouraging about a cure. Thanks to the people who gave their kind advice.

This is a shot in the dark and I recommend the vet's approval before doing this. Oil of Oregano is supposed to be a natural anti-fungal remedy. It can be used internally or topically by humans. There is a radio infomercial which hypes the virtues. It can be purchased at the health food store in various strengths. It can be diluted with oil and will take your breath away if not diluted to a useable strength.
The doctor who does the infomercial claims it cured his fungal blood disease; one which turned him from a practicing physician to a couch potato who had to move home to be nursed by his parents.
If it is not toxic to birds (an answer I do not have), what harm could it do to try it? It is not expensive.

Sincerely,
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Subject: Regarding Thread: Cockatiel with Respiratory Infection Aspirates Antibiotic Thanks to everyone who responded to this query in mid-February. ... we have decided (along with the opinion of the vet and books we are reading) that the infection is aspergillus.

I'm sorry about Daisy.
Some sites to check out.
http://www.forthebirdsdvm.com/aspergillus.htm
Scroll down to links.
http://www.birdsnways.com/birds/artdisease.htm
Regards
Thanks to everyone who responded to this query in mid-February. Daisy, the cockatiel, is still sickly and we have ... are the books we are reading very encouraging about a cure. Thanks to the people who gave their kind advice.

If your bird has a fungal infection, the last thing you should be giving is (antibiotic) surely?
It should be on some sort of anti fungal.
According to a couple of websites, the prolonged use of antibiotics can cause aspergillosis. I am amazed that your vet is giving antibiotics when the bird has aspergillosis.
Here are a couple of sites which explain what it is and what medications will treat it.
http://www.aspergillus.man.ac.uk/indexhome.htm?secure/veterinary/./AspAvian.html~main

http://www.ivis.org/advances/Kearns/kearns2/chapter frm.asp?LA=1 good luck.
Cockatiel with Respiratory Infection
This is a shot in the dark and I recommend the vet's approval before doing this. Oil of Oregano is ... to birds (an answer I do not have), what harm could it do to try it? It is not expensive.

Dr. Cass Ingram's "The Cure is in the
Cupboard," how to use oregano for better heath, is an interesting book. He recommends the oil of oregano, from North American Herbs. He says the kind you buy in the grocery store is not real oregano.
BTW, it isn't cheap.
It comes in different forms.
http://www.thewolfeclinic.com/oregano.html
There is also a supplement, by Quiko, made for birds, that contains oregano. Someone, on another list swears by it, for respiratory problems. It's called Quikon Med. It can be purchased here. Scroll all the way to the bottom.
http://www.orchidtreeexotics.net/164523.html
One last thing, that is my cure all for everything is, garlic. You can sprinkle garlic powder on the bird's soft food or put the Kyolic brand of aged garlic extract, in the water.
Good luck.
Regards
Dr. Cass Ingram's "The Cure is in the Cupboard," how to use oregano for better heath, is an interesting book. ... powder on the bird's soft food or put the Kyolic brand ofaged garlic extract, in the water. Good luck. Regards

Thanks, TL, for the clarification of my suggestion. I'm pleased to hear that it is an option for birds.
I did find the Oil of Oregano in various concentrations at Vitamin Cottage, a local health food store. It is not the Mexican sage which is the spice used for cooking. I didn't think it was that pricey, at least not compared to prescription meds.
I'd love to hear a good outcome for this little girl. I had a wonderful little Normal Gray named Daisy many years ago. She was a beauty.

Sincerely,
Joanne
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