Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease (PBFD)

Anyone who shares their life with a Parrot, should be familiar with this deadly disease. I have done a great deal of research on the subject myself and there is a wealth of information readily available throughout the internet. I have collected many of those articles and will provide the links for everyone here.

PBFD is a viral disease, it is spread by direct contact of affected birds and by spread of feather dust, dander and fecal material. Viral particles can be spread in feather dust carried by air currents, dried feces or even on the clothing of human handlers. Nest materials, feeding formula, feeding utensils, nets, bird carriers, food dishes and other fomites are easily contaminated with this virus. Since the virus particles can remain viable in the environment for months or even years, long after the infected bird is gone, there is a high potential for widespread infection of an entire flock of birds.

I want to highly caution anyone who visits other birds, be it in rescues, bird fairs/expos, pet stores etc. If you are coming in contact with birds and you are unfamiliar with their care or testing, then you are putting your own flock at risk. This would also include other humans who care for parrots. This disease can be carried home on your clothing and skin. Anytime you come in contact with another parrot, you need to practice very sterile conditions before you interact with your own beloved parrots again.

Even if a bird does not show symptoms of the disease, it can still be viable. There is no known cure for this devastating disease. Know the facts to protect your Feathered Angels!

Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease, PBFD, Beak & Feather

Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease (PBFD) in Birds Veterinary Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith, Inc. Holly Nash, DVM, MS

Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease Today by Margaret A. Wissman, D.V.M., D.A.B.V.P.

Psittacine beak and feather disease From Wikipedia

Manau PBFD site


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4 thoughts on “Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease (PBFD)

  1. If you are working in a humane society, do you then not handle other parrots, such as white cockatoos for instance, from time to time?
    From your video it is not immediately clear whether or not you employ safety procedures that ensure that this extremely viable virus is not transmitted onto other birds.
    If you do practice the necessary safety procedures, may apologies, and – what are the safety procedures prudent in these cases?

    • I do not work for any rescue or humane society. My work is to share important info with the public to possibly help others become aware of the issues. PBFD can be highly contagious and therefore complete quarantine procedures should be followed to the letter in order to prevent any spreading of this very fatal disease.

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