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Health Articles / Megabacteria
megabacteria organism (more
accurately known as Avian Gastric Yeast) has had a very high
profile in the budgerigar fancy over the past few years. The
post-mortem work carried out in the UK by Dr John Baker has
highlighted the very large numbers of British budgies infected
and many people have chosen to treat their entire flocks with
Amphotericin-B as a precaution.
the withdrawal of the water-soluble version of this drug from
the world market now leaves many budgerigar breeders with a
dilemma. Unable to repeat their treatments what should they
a while now many people have advocated allowing the disease
to run its course through the flock. A natural tolerance to
the organism seems to develop over a period of time. Whilst
a few breeders experienced dramatic losses (25% plus) with this
strategy no such major outbreaks appear to have occurred in
the UK for quite a few years now.
if I had been routinely treating my birds I would be nervous
about the consequences of stopping the drugs. For these people
it seems to me the best available option is to do everything
possible to stimulate the immune system of the flock so their
natural defences are well fitted to control the germs as they
re-appear in the birdroom.
totally natural way of achieving this is to feed carefully selected
herbal extracts. We make these available either as an on-food
supplement called Flourish or as an ingredient in our eggfood
- Feast. Experience over the past few years has suggested that
Flourish herbs also lead to faster chick growth rates and healthier