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PostSubject: Huffing   Wed Feb 08, 2012 2:15 pm


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PostSubject: Re: Huffing   Wed Feb 08, 2012 3:00 pm

Funny you should mention this. Jeanne has had bronchitis several times in the last few months and we figure she probably has some form of bird keepers lung.

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PostSubject: Re: Huffing   Wed Feb 08, 2012 3:02 pm

Well, that's concerning.

Looks like I'm going to have to start huffing in moderation....
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PostSubject: Re: Huffing   Wed Feb 08, 2012 3:04 pm

Well, we do want to be careful so we aren't forced later on to get rid of our beloved pets. Not saying we can prevent this 100%, but we can use some care and try to avoid it as much as possible.

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PostSubject: Re: Huffing   Wed Feb 08, 2012 3:09 pm

We clean the rescue every day and run air filters, especially in the cockatoo room. Its hard to avoid some amount of dust and dirt. I suggested the use of filter masks on days when we are cleaning cages to lessen the risks.

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PostSubject: Re: Huffing   Wed Feb 08, 2012 3:12 pm

The cockatoos, omgggg. Take more videos. And of Jasper!
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PostSubject: Re: Huffing   Wed Feb 08, 2012 3:33 pm

I'll see what I can do Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Huffing   Wed Feb 08, 2012 3:35 pm

Agh! I do get a healthy dose of dust in my lungs everyday...
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PostSubject: Re: Huffing   Wed Feb 08, 2012 5:52 pm

I used to Huff the baby Macaws...they just smelt SO delicious!
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PostSubject: Re: Huffing   Wed Feb 08, 2012 5:58 pm

In reading the Q/A filling your first article, it's interesting that he says the problem is caused mainly by "the bloom from the feathers," is worse in well kept animals and not easily managed by cage cleaning.

The way I read it, the author says the most frequent cause is feather dust "which comes from the preen gland ... Found under the base of the birds' tail." I find that interesting in that the preen gland doesn't produce dust, it produces oil. Feather dust in 'toos, greys, and tiels is produced when special down feathers (that are constantly being replaced), naturally disintegrate. It's also found in large supply in the shafts of their pin feathers. he does state that dried bird droppings can be a problem if they are inhaled, but the way the article is written the droppings seem to be a small player in the problem.

I'd be interested in hearing how others' interpret the article.

P.s. I've not read the second one yet. Will f/u on that later.

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PostSubject: Re: Huffing   Wed Feb 08, 2012 6:47 pm

I've also read that it can be triggered by certain proteins in the poo. Who knows. Just anything environmental (not just birds/pets) can be triggering. Just thought I'd point it out in case anyone is predisposed like I am with nasty allergies.

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PostSubject: Re: Huffing   Wed Feb 08, 2012 7:13 pm

Check out this PDF from Bird Talk: article PDF

It's essentially an allergic condition and only a small fraction of people are likely to develop it -- less than a percent. I agree with Roz, be careful if you may be predisposed, but don't be paranoid, it's not a highly likely scenario.
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