Eclectus diagnosed with PBFD (psittascene beak and feather disease)

From: “corinnepellatt” Subject: PBFD


My baby boy has been diagnosed with PBFD. He is now starting to show symptoms ie: loose feathers.

Can anyone please help with natural remedies, I have heard of birds being cured with holistic medicine.

Here is my information form,

Thanyou for any help,


A. Introduction Please briefly describe your bird’s health or behavior problem for which you are filling out this form. My male Eclectus has been diagnosed with PBFD

Your name and email address Corinne Pellatt corinnepellatt@yahoo.com.au

Bird’s name, species, and color mutation (if applicable) Cracka, Eclectus

Bird’s age and sex 18 months, Male

Where was the bird obtained? (pet shop, breeder, rehome, rescue) Breeder

How long have you had this bird? 15 months

How long has the bird had this problem? 8 weeks

B. Veterinary Care Has a vetinarian seen the bird? Yes

What tests, cultures, X-rays, etc. were performed? Different vets consider different tests to be a ‘complete health screen’, so be specific about what lab work was done. (cbc, culture, gram stain, chemistries, x-rays, SPE) 2 DNA tests for PBFD and HI HA testing

What were the tests and the results? All tests positive

What was the Veterinarian’s diagnosis? Cracka has PBFD

Was treatment/medication prescribed? None

Have you used herbs or remedies such as Echinacea, ACV, GSE, etc., how often and for what reasons: Not yet

Were any OTC (over the counter) treatments used prior to a vet visit: No

Has this bird been diagnosed with PDD? No

C. General Health Normal droppings consist of three parts: • solid feces of different colors depending on what the bird is eating; • clear urine; and • white urates. Droppings might be watery, slimy with mucus, well formed tubes, dry / hard, black /scant, contain whole seeds or other food, foamy, the urates or urine could also be colored.etc Describe your bird’s droppings including solids, urates, and urine. All droppings are normal at this stage

Have the droppings changed from normal frequency, color, consistency or quantity for this bird? No

Has the bird’s eating habits and preferences changed? No

Has the bird’s activity level, talking, singing changed? No

Has the bird’s mood changed? No

Is the bird cold and fluffed? No

Is the bird breathing rapidly with tail bobbing when it is not being disturbed? No

Is the bird perching or sitting at the bottom of the cage? No

D. Diet and Nutrition What is your daily feeding schedule? Fruit and vegetables in the morning. (bok choi, pumpkin, chilli, squash, carrot, beans, apple, nuts, corn, peas, pasta, rice, etc) Whatever I am eating at night. Pellets and seed are available at all times.

What percentage of the following foods does your bird actually eat? pellets, vegetables, fruit, seed mix, nuts, sprouts, meat and eggs, bird bread, table food, soak and cook, treats, junk food, other. Pellets and seed, probably 30%, veggies and fruit 50% nuts 10% pasta or rice 5%, treats and other 5%.

What kind of vegetables does your bird eat Carrots, beans, chilli, corn, peas, bok choi, celery(sometimes) squash(sometimes)

What kind of fruit does your bird eat apple, grapes

Are the fruits and vegetables washed? yes

Are they organic? no

What brands of pellets or seed mix does your bird eat? pretty bird eclectus formula and hagen tropican also small parrot mix seed.

What kind of table foods and treats does your bird eat? pasta, spaghetti bol, mashed potato, spinach, meat, fish. Treats are dried bananas, pop corn, dried paw paw.

How often do you allow junk food: chips, crackers, pasta, bread, candy ice-cream, cake, cookies. A little bit every day.

Do you feed any supplements, and if so what kind? Calcium supplement, vitamin supplement

Do you administer supplements on food or in water? Calcium on food and vitamins in water

What foods does your bird refuse to eat? Nothing really!

What strategies have you used to improve the diet? Cook more veggies in the morning

Does your bird crave any particular kind of food? Chilli and almonds

Have your bird’s food preferences changed lately? no

E. Environment

Was anything in the home changed prior to the first display of symptoms? This could be a change of food, cage location, new bird additions, interior decoration (such as new drapes, carpet, furniture), new people, loss of bird buddy or human friend, etc. no

How often is the cage cleaned? Every day with disinfectant

How often is debris from the cage tray removed? Once a day

How often are the perches cleaned? Once a day

How often are food and water cups cleaned and disinfected? Once or twice a day

How long is uneaten spoilable food left in the food dish? Unfortunately until I come home from work, (most of the day)

How often are uneaten seeds and pellets removed and refreshed? Every second day

How often is water changed? Every day

Are insects (house flies, fruit flies, ants, cockroaches etc) present on or in the bird’s food? No!

F. Social Interaction Do you have other birds, and how do the birds react to each other? no Are there other pets in the household, and how does the bird respond to them? no

What other Human members of the family interact with the bird, and does the bird have preferences? My partner, but Cracka really only likes me

Are other pets or family members ill? no

What is the cage location and how much activity is there in this location? Family room, we spend most of our time there.

How does the bird respond to activity around the cage? Begs for attention (and gets it!)

How does the bird respond to being alone? Amuses himself

How often and how long is the bird alone? 8 hours on weekdays he is alone

How often is the bird out of the cage to interact with family? A few hours a day

What type of exercise does the bird like, such as exploring, flying, showering etc? loves to sit on me, run all over the bed, and loves to shower

Does the bird exhibit signs of sexual maturity? sometimes

G. Cage and Toys Is the cage covered at night. yes

Does your bird sleep in a different cage: no

What type of perches are in the cage and their positions: eucalyptus branches (I live in Australia) at bottom of cage and middle and rope perches at top. He sleeps on a rough perch (I think it is made of plaster)

What is used in the bottom of the cage (newspaper, corn cob, etc.) and can the bird reach it: newspaper, he can not touch it, there is a grill over it.

If toys are provided, what are the birds preferences: plastic chewy toys that are his favourite.

Is the bird passive or aggressive to the toys, eg: plays with or destroys them ? plays with them but does not destroy them, he does chew off some breakable bits.

Are toys rotated or are the same ones left in the cage all the time: rotated once a month.

H. Lighting What type of lighting is used (such as incandescent or full spectrum): full spectrum

Is the photo period (of lighting source) natural and regulated, or random and irregular: daylight hours only

Does the bird have access to natural sunlight or is taken outdoors Are night lights used: no sunlight and no night light

I. Water What is the water source and location, eg: bowl, dish, water bottle: stainless steel bowl

Does the bird like to bathe, and what is it’s favorite form of bath (mister, sink, bowl, etc) and how often: showers with me twice a week

Are supplements or anything else put in the water? Commercial vitamin mix in the water 2 days a week

If so, what? The vitamins are an Australian brand, Dr Rob Marshall “Duofo” and “Ilford NF”

What is the drinking water source? (tap, well, municipal, filtered, bottle)? tap water

J. Household Safety What are the major products you use for general housecleaning. eg: Clorox, Windex, types of soaps, floor products/waxes etc: household disinfectand (pineoclean) bleach, windex, Jiff

Are there carpets in the house and what chemicals are used for cleaning them: tiles downstairs, carpet upstairs (no chemicals)

What disinfectants are used to clean the birds cage: Are scented candles, strong perfumes, or Teflon pots and pans used: pine o clean to clean cage, no candles, Teflon etc.

What type of aerosol sprays are used, eg: room deodorizers, hair sprays, pesticides, etc: none around the bird

Are there any smokers in the household, and do they handle the birds: no

Are fabric softeners used in cage coverings: What type of ventilation (such as windows, vents, fans, etc.) is used when questionable products are used, or painting or heavy cleaning is done: no fabric softener on cage coverings, windows often open.

Does the bird sneeze or pluck after the vacuum has been used? Is the home heating electric, gas, oil, radiant or forced air: no

What is the temperature in the house, and is it constant or varied: varies, but normally around 22 degrees celcius

What houseplants can the bird reach: none

Are pest exterminators used: no

Which method of pest control used: none required