Constant sneezing sound from my female???

by John Tydings
(Fort Lauderdale, FL)

Hello, my name is John. I live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I am the proud new keeper of a 3 mo. old pair of Gouldian finches. I have had zebra finches for some time now, but this is the first time I've ever had Gouldians. Two days ago my female began making a chronic sneezing sound. I have since isolated her, but the sneezing type sound continues? I am really worried she may have acquired an upper respiratory infection? I am not as current on health problems regarding the Gouldians as much as I am the Zebras. The sounds she's making aren't a rattling sound (yet), but rather constant sinus irritation??? She's definitely experiencing major breathing problems. I keep their environment, food, water, everything completely sanitized at all times. I don't want anything to happen to "Lucy", as I have named her :D It is Thursday 6-30-2011; please contact me as soon as you can??? My email address is: Thank you, John

Hi John,

If the sound is sort of similar to a clicking sound and you described it as being constant, the most likely cause is air sac mites. I have had success using Ivermectin and I have heard that Scatt will get rid of them also. If your local pet store sells Abba Products, they can order it for you. You will need to treat the other Gouldian also. Keeping this answer short so you will get it quickly. If you have more questions let me know and good luck, Jeanie

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