Several months ago I was very lucky to get a rescued one year old IB male, Peggy (don't ask!).
He had some respiratory issue, and after doing research here, I thought he had an upper respiratory infection.
The people at the rescue gave me some medication that did not help him.
So I finally took him to a super great bird vet and found out that he has pneumonia.
I haven't seen pneumonia discussed here so I thought I'd share his symptoms and treatment in the hope that it might be helpful for the rest of you.
His symptoms are:
making a sneezy/coughy sound
shaking his head
sometimes when he shakes his head, fluid comes out of his nostrils
breathing with beak open
rattly gurgly sound when breathing, with beak either open or closed (sometimes louder than others)
*edited to add: another one of his symptoms was that he wasn't making any vocalizations at all
His symptoms are aggravated by stress; he is the youngest male here and is harassed by the "big shot," which makes his breathing more labored.
Other then a bit of puffed up feathers, he doesn't have other symptoms.
He eats, drinks, poops, flies, grooms, roosts in the tree, etc.
The treatment the vet prescribed is:
keeping him indoors and warm for 7 days
medication: three (3) 22.7mg tablets of baytril, twice a day, for seven days
Tomorrow will be my first day of giving him the tablets myself...good luck to me!
By the way, here Peggy is having a dirt bath....
Edited by new 2 pfowl - 6/25/12 at 9:32am