In case you were in any doubt about how cute parrotlets are, I just thought I’d remind you.
…Unfortunately, I’ve heard something more serious that I’d like to blog about – because I’m assuming we bird owners all keep a stash of newspaper in the house: It seems that newspaper could become a source of aspergillosis after two weeks.
Apsergillosis is a fungus – read about it here – that could potentially devastate your bird’s respiratory system. As far as my research into it says, it seems to affect weak or young birds whose immune systems aren’t as strong as those of healthy or older avians. The spores exist almost everywhere, and a healthy immune system fights them off daily – humans, as well as birds can be affected.
Newspaper, it appears, begins to develop spores at an alarming rate after two weeks. This means that if you keep a surplus of it in the house, you could potentially be putting your birds at risk. With birds (who do everything in their power not to let on that they’re sick) I find it best to take precautionary measures wherever I can.
This is the point where I would ordinarily supply a reference. However, it’s time for a moment of backstory, so bear with me: I follow the Facebook page of a parrot-training company that I’m not a big fan of. I do this for a number of reasons, but mainly because the source of input is not just the company itself, but also the many bird owners who frequent this page.
This company’s blog recently posted an article talking about aspergillosis and newspaper. I can’t seem to find the original sources – but perhaps I’m not delving deep enough into the Internet’s endless domain. If you were to Google aspergillosis and newspaper, the article in question would come up. I’m not going to directly link here because I don’t want to give the company more attention. The blogger of the article in question writes about the investigation of a wildlife rescue, so I’m hoping I’ll be able to turn up those results myself.
I just thought I’d spread the word, because it’s a fairly scary thought… Anyway, if you happen across the original article on newspaper and aspergillosis, please share!