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Old 01-18-2009, 02:24 PM
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Question Can Budgies catch a Human Cold?

Hey everyone, I have a cold and I was wonderig if budgies can catch that cold? Can I not play with my birds until my cold is gone?

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no they can not catch a human cold, they can't catch the flu or pneumonia either

But there is a few diseases they get that they can give to us one is known as the "bird Flu" i can't remember the technical name though

but it is good practice NOT to give your bird "kisses" rather your sick or not with wet lips because Our saliva (like cat and dogs saliva) is toxic to birds and of course never put your birds head in your mouth ( i've seen people doing this goofing off never actually applying pressure But still the bacteria in the mouth is toxic to the birds

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I don't know whether they can catch a human's cold, but anecdotally, none of my budgies has ever caught one of mine.

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No they can't get our cold as far as I know - but the bacteria that is around with cold systems is worrisome to me. I am presently under the weather myself & have tried to keep everything clean. I've used a lot of tissues & bag them immediately + I've been washing down any surfaces I touch, daily, with soap & orange [citric acid]. I've also tried not to 'sneeze' near them - projectile saliva et al.


I've been sick now for over 7 days & although it seems another human in our home is now getting sick - the Budgie lads are OK.
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(((hugs))) I hope you feel better soon.

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I've often heard my two girls sneezing though...

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I've often heard my two girls sneezing though...
It can be dust but just like humans, budgie's sneeze sometimes too...
It is completely normal for them to sneeze 2-3 times a day, anymore than that and it is a concern. Their sneezes have to always be dry, if it's wet & they sneeze more than 2-3 times a day then they might have either a sinus infection or a respiratory infection and have to see a vet..
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Okay, thanks for that. Next time I'll pay more attention to the sneezes see how often they happen

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