Male guildion gasping and makes wet clicking scratchy sound
by Misty Deaton
I purchased a pair of gouldian finches in Nov 2011. It was Feb 2012 that I realized my male was making a "scratchy" sound and shaking and stretching his head. He seemed to be fine otherwise. He was still continuing to eat and drink regularly. About 2 weeks after the male had his first symptoms the female began to become lethargic sleeping alot and remain fluffed up. I then chose to see an avian vet and he seemed to think it was respiratory and prescribed 1 drop of gentamicin in a nostril 2 times a day. After bringing my birds home the female died 2 hrs later and the male still remains with the same symptoms maybe even worsening. His symptoms seem to only include the scratchy sounds and stretching his neck as if it is hard to swallow. I have spoke to the vet but he seems to be uncertain as to what his diagnosis may be. Any suggestions and can you help us?
I am so sorry for your loss. The most likely problem sounds like air sack mites. A lot of vets don't know a lot about Gouldians. Please listen to your male tonight when all is quiet and he is sleeping. Air sac mites are known to frequently be a problem for Gouldians. They can be diagnosed if during his sleep, you can hear a clicking sound as he breaths. Were he my bird, I would treat him with a medicine called Ivermectin. If you have a nice pet store with a good variety of bird supplies nearby, ask them if they sell or can order it from a small bird supply company called Abba Products or ask your avian vet if he can get it and tell you what dosage and how to give it. Abba Products is a wondereful family run wholesaler of small bird products. If they don't ship to a pet store near you, I think they will ship to you directly or to your vet. They used to sell just the right dosage required and not a whole huge bottle. Please let me know how this turns out for you and your bird. Best wishes, Jeanie