Hi,
wondered if someone out there could help me.
i have a couple of zebra finch's, which i have removed from the aviary.

at first i was thinging sclay face but it doesn't really fit the profile, let me describe their condition.
at first sight, it appeared the eye was weapy, the eye lids almost closed and the eye swollen. after a couple of days using anti-scaley face medication, i'm still not sure it's scaley face, it almost looks like dried scab formed around the eye, it doesn't appear porous or dry. it's a yellow brown colour, like the liquid that seeps out of a scrapped wound and dried.

their is a little scab ontop of the head, but only minor and close to the eye ridge.
nothing growning on the beak but one bird had a little growth right in the corner of the mouth, which did look dry white and porous.

any help would be appreciated.
Regards Denis
Hi, wondered if someone out there could help me. i have a couple of zebra finch's, which i have removed ... in the corner of the mouth, which did look dry white and porous. any help would be appreciated. Regards Denis

What does your vet say?
Gloria
Hi Gloria,
yeh i know, obvious answer and needed saying, but $60 vet visit for a $5 bird. pretty harsh isn't it.
One eye cold, cause
Ornithosis (Chlamydophila) infection. treatment requires Antbiotics

thats the best bet, so am treating them accordingly.

thanks
Denis
Hi Gloria, yeh i know, obvious answer and needed saying, but $60 vet visit for a $5 bird. pretty harsh isn't it. One eye cold, cause Ornithosis (Chlamydophila) infection. treatment requires Antbiotics thats the best bet, so am treating them accordingly. thanks Denis

Eh. Not a good answer IMO, especially if you suspect Ornithicosis, which, BTW, you can get from the bird. I've taken birds "cheap" birds (cockatiels, finches, etc) dumped on me to the vet and paid more then that to fix them up. I understand the impulse to treat them yourself if you have the antibotics on hand, but that is not a good thing to do if the meds are out of date, or just plain wrong for the disease. And if you are using the over-the-counter antibotics sold in pet stores, well, they are crap pure and simple, as are the 'herbal' meds produced by Avian Medical Chest and similar companies. (I put 'herbal' in quotation marks as there is good evidence that the meds are do not always contain the ingredients advertised).

I really hope that you don't have children, elderly people, or people with a compromised immune system in your house, and that you wash really, really well before leaving. If you won't go to the vet for your birds, will you at least go to the vet for your protection, and the protection of the people around you?
Gloria