So my 9-ish year old cockatiel Mischief was diagnosed with Bornavirus and PDD last summer... the virus is sort of a wasting disease, sounds a little like hiv/aids when described. However, within the month or so after being diagnosed she gained weight which is unheard of so it is possible that it was a new strain that doesn't act the same way, or a false positive, or that she's only a carrier. After a while we decided she was going to be okay and be able to live out the rest of her life semi normally.
She suffers from a slow moving crop that will swell up with food every once in a while, her nares used to get blocked but have been a lot better in the past few months, and one side of her face around her nares and eye has been swollen for a few years (without me realizing...she had always looked that way) but it slowly got worse and now pulls the skin around her eye down and there is a little clear discharge from the eye that messes up her feathers which then stick to her eye. I had purchased another bird to keep her company while I was out of the country last summer (before the diagnoses) and with his introduction into the cage in the past few months she has been much happier. She has never in the last 9 years been as active or as vocal as she is now and I was thinking his presence was helping her health a lot. But two days ago I noticed that her other eyelid has started to pull away from her other eye.
I posted pictures (sorry they're so big) to see if anyone has any ideas as to what might be wrong with her... She's had many antibiotic? treatments and eye ointments but nothing has seemed to help and the swelling has never gone down. I will be taking both birds to the vet within the next couple weeks before I leave the country again for three months this time.
Hopefully someone has an idea of what might be wrong!
Thanks in advance,
Maisie, Mischief and Tom Foolery