about half of the infections experienced in cage birds are caused
by the old enemy - bacteria. Many are caused by protozoons,
viruses, fungi or yeasts. These last two can be particularly
difficult to treat especially if they are in the respiratory
system. The spores of fingi and yeasts are everywhere in the
air so your birds are always exposed to them.
hygiene will help. Enviroclens is effective against both of
these groups of germs and Saniclens is
very effective at preventing the spread of these bugs through
the drinking water.
most vulnerable birds are hand-reared chicks of all species.
Candida, a yeast, is the most common cause of "slow crop". The
veterinary treatment is an anti-fungal drug. A valuable alternative
is Potent Brew.
This powerful probiotic is quite acidic (yeasts don't like acidic
environments) and the bacteria it contains compete very effectively
with the yeasts so exclude them from the crop. It is possible
be effective but we have no experience of this as yet.
is better than cure and Potent
Brew is very effective if given to hand reared chicks
some reason cockatiels (including adults) are also very prone
to candida infections though almost any species can be affected.
is the best defence in collections of these birds. Although
cockatiels are particularly vulnerable many other species can
fungus aspergillus is also a very common cause of bird disease.
Again good hygiene is the best prevention.
Use of Wheeze-Eeze regularly in the bird room will help keep
it in check along with Enviroclens and Saniclens.
If you suspect aspergillus you should contact your vet for an
is the best defence. Good nutrition ( Daily
Essentials and CalciBoost
to provide the necessary vitamins to help your bird fight infections)
and Flourish herbal nutricines to stimulate the immune system.
Flourish is available in a stand alone supplement or as part
SuperMax or in Feast eggfood. For already
sick birds it is incorporated in Poly-Aid and Special
Needs Diet as well as the product Flourish.