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Hi, a few minutes ago, my Green Cheek got into some strawberries we didn't know were moldy that someone had left out on the counter. We're not sure how many or how much he ate, because he usually just spits out his fruit anyways. Should we take him to the vet? Do you think he will be alright without vet care or not? How bad is mold for conures? Thanks!

Answer
-- Mold isn't good for any living thing, but you shouldn't have anything to worry about with your conure.

 First, chances are he didn't actually eat it.  These birds know what's good and what's bad.  

Even if he did eat some, as long as he's healthy his liver will process the toxicity out of his body in a day or two

IF he shows symptoms such as inability to perch steadily, loss of balance, polyuria (very watery poops on a consistent basis), lethargy, discharge from mouth or nares (nose) - see your vet within 24 hours

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  If his poops develop an odor - see the vet

  If he starts to vomit or regurgitate - see your vet

Otherwise, observe, double check all food before serving and remove fresh foods after they've sat out for 2 hours

 Go here for more  www.4AnimalCare.org/birds  

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Rev. Dr. S.August Abbott

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Certified Avian Specialist; Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council member; Own animal rescue org; National Wildlife habitat #66378; bird care, nutrition & behavior consultant; International Assoc. of Animal Behavior Consultants Associate; National Wildlife Federation Leaders Club member; published bird care, info and behavior articles and guides. Ongoing education in exotic bird behavior and nutrition I can answer behavioral, nutritional, environmental, characteristic/personality questions as well as general health and health care. No animal emergency can ever be addressed on the internet. We cannot see your animal, perform an examination, provide necessary care or medication. Please value your companion for the priceless, living creature they are; not for what you might have paid for them.

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Certified Avian Specialist. For more than 30 years I've worked with veterinarians, protective facilities, nature centers, preserves and on my own in providing care and education with regard to multiple animal species, including raptors (hawks, kestrals, owls, etc) and marsupials. In recent years I've focused on parrots, usually rescued from abusive or less than ideal situations and helping educate owners as to proper care. Expert in behavior studies and modification of problem behavior.

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4AnimalCare is the organization I run as an animal ministry; World Wildlife Association, Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, National Wildlife Federation Leaders Club and more

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Bird Talk Magazine articles about rescued and problem macaws.

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Doctorate, Ordained Minister

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