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Old Tuesday 11th February 2020, 11:51   #1
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Disease in House Finch?

About 3 weeks ago I noticed a female house finch at my feeder who had an eye that was all shut and all crusty looking. I thought maybe she had an injury. Last week a second female was seen with crusty looking eye. And it was a different bird because they were both at the feeder at the same time. Yesterday, a male house finch was seen at the feeder with a crusty looking eye. Anyone else seeing anything like this? I live in the Greenville SC area.
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Old Tuesday 11th February 2020, 11:57   #2
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You need to stop feeding immediately and disinfect your feeders to help stop the spread of whatever it is.
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Old Tuesday 11th February 2020, 12:06   #3
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Could be avian conjunctivitis or avian pox.

Check out this link and this one.

I agree, you need to stop feeding and disinfect to prevent it spreading.
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Old Tuesday 11th February 2020, 12:17   #5
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Could be avian conjunctivitis or avian pox.

Check out this link and this one.

I agree, you need to stop feeding and disinfect to prevent it spreading.
Thank You, it looks just like the conjunctivitis. They act weird too. Sometimes they just set in the feeder and not move.
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Thank You, it looks just like the conjunctivitis. They act weird too. Sometimes they just set in the feeder and not move.
That's also how birds with Trichomoniasis behave.
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So, a while back I stopped feeding the birds. I threw away those feeders and made new ones. The house finch tends to really like the sunflower seed. So I switched to feed that lacks sunflower seed. It worked well. I have no more house finch at my feeder. However, conjunctivitis is back, this time it is a Sparrow. So is this the first case of conjunctivitis in sparrows?
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