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I moved it to Healthy Highway and stuck it :)
 

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OMG!...my heart went thud when I scrolled down thru the forum and read the work Sarcocystis.

In the early 2000 I wound up with it and lost 175 cockatiels to it in the space of about a month. Cockroaches are NOT they only carrier of it. What I did learn it is a horrid disease, a real nightmare, and there is NO treatment, regardless of what is read...But I did learn that with tiels that mutations that were developed in Fl do have a natural resisance to it.

It's painfull to think about but I can detail my observations of what a bird looks like that is infected with Sarco, and also some necropsy pixs of the damage done internally.
 

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".............Cockroaches are NOT they only carrier of it".

"But I did learn that with tiels that mutations that were developed in Fl do have a natural resisance to it".
Yes, cockroaches are not the "only" vector/carrier (I did not mean to give that impression from the thread title, maybe I should edit title to add "etc." after cockroaches) but they are the main carrier - from everything that I have read over the yrs.

Interesting regarding what you say about some Tiel mutations developed in Fla. being naturally resistant to Sarco. I did not know that. Do you have a link to the study/research that proved that? Thanks.
 

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Another thing that is not in most references as to this disease, even when I talked to the vets is that you can move the birds from the contaminated clean disinfected flight and STILL lose all the birds. What I learned after the fact that if I had also washed and disinfected all of the birds feet that I moved to the supposedly disinfected flights, I could have stop the progression of infection. How 1 bird contaminates another if they are in a flight is by their feet as they perch on the food/water bowls or perches. The next bird that perches in the same area gets contaminated. I also learned that it is NOT air-bourne. Birds can be housed up to 2 feet away from a contaminated flight or cage and not be affected.

As to cockatiels the only ones I found that were resistant were lutino, fallow, and splits to either of these mutations. Both mutations were developed in FL, thus I suspect that may be the reason why.
 

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What do birds with this disease look like? Or act!? Can you sometimes tell before they die? I'm curious just learned of this disease and need it "dumbed down" for a blonde ;) haha :lol:
 

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Weakness,weight loss, difficulty breathing, just to name a few of the symptoms. Though there are five known types, including one that affects the brain.
Read here~
Sarcocystosis
 
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