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My 9 week sun conure stoped eating today and just laying

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My 9 week sun conure stoped eating today and just laying there with closed eyes. What can possibly be wrong with him?
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 months ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Skittle, Raul. At such a young age he's likely to be malnourished, septic (widespread infection - bacterial or viral, mainly), or both.

An avian-oriented vet (please see here: is essential at this time and might first treat symptomatically and supportively by providing supplemental fluids and electrolytes by needle and tube feeding a "recovery" food. Blood tests and cultures of Skittle's choana - the slit between his oral cavity and nose - and cloaca (vent) may be taken. Whole body X-rays can be quite helpful as well. The vet will consider common pediatric disorders such as crop stasis ("sour crop") due to systemic illness, chilling, or dehydration; thermal injuries to the crop, gram negative bacterial infections, fungal (Candida, Aspergillus) infections, viral (polyomavirus, adenovirus, PBFD) infections, and protozoal (Trichomonas, e.g.) infections.

Until Skittle can be attended to, please heat up his environment to 85F by means of a 100W bulb shined into his partially covered cage (not at night when he needs to rest) or by taping a heating pad set on its lowest setting to the sides of his cage. Time is of the essence in these fledglings.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Thank you, ***** ***** past away already this was very fast and wasnt able to do much. We fed him around 10pm and by 9am he looked super sick already and by 6pm he was gone. He looked perfectly fine the night before
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 months ago.

My condolences for your loss of Skittle. I appreciate your taking the time to let me know.

You may receive an inappropriate follow-up from the site ostensibly sent by me. It wasn't and I apologize in advance should you receive it.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 months ago.
Hi Raul,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Skittle. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin

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