Knowing your bird and its normal behaviour and body condition may save your birds life. At Birdsville, we have a selection of antibiotics, a broad-spectrum antibiotic powder for use in ornamental birds for bacterial infections including E.coli (Enteritis), Mycoplasma (Chronic Respiratory Disease) and Chlamydia (Psittacosis). This is added to the drinking water. our antibiotic is an ideal “first line” antibiotic where a definite diagnosis is not available. If the birds fail to respond to the treatment within 3 days veterinary advice should be obtained. lice and mite treatments, vitamin supplements, probiotics and much more available. We are not vets so if your bird has any of the below symptoms please see an avian vet ASAP.
contact a veterinarian if your bird shows any of these signs
Signs of Bird Illness
- Fluffed up appearance
- Loss of song or raspy voice
- Loss of weight
- Unusual amounts of sneezing, coughing
- Discharge from the nasal area
- Red nostrels
- Dirty vent, unclean around the anus
- Loss of appetite
- Dropped or drooping wings
- Eye discharge
- Swollen eye lids
- Swelling or grothes (lumps)
- Sitting on the floor
- Changes in droppings, becoming looser, changes in colour.
- Loosing feathers, bare patches
A common illness in parrots we unfortunately still come accross is heavy metal poisoning from old rusty cages. No anti biotics available at birdsville can fix this and therefor your bird must be rushed to the vet so always check your cage and if its old and rusty please replace it.
Scaley face in bird’s
Below are to photo’s of a budgie with a case of scaley face, a burrowing mite (Knemidokoptes) which a quite common in birds especially Budgerigars. This mite will effect the tissue around the cere and sometimes the eyelids. Just like the bird pictured below it can also effect the legs and feet and if left unchecked this condition will eventually lead to death.
What type of bird of bird can get scaley face
Any bird can be affected by scaley face, it is most common in Budgerigars, Canaries and Finches. I have seen many chickens with the desease also.
What is the treatment for scaley face
Luckily this is very easy to cure completely by using Scaley face treatment or vetafarm avimec which will kill the mites allowing your birds skin to heal. During this process it is advisable to have your bird on a good quality seed mix and place vitamins in the birds water supply to boost the immune system.
Recommended bird vets by birdsville
Carlingford Animal Hospital- Dr Rob marshall
772 pennant hills road, carlingford, ph 02 98716036 www.birdhealth.com.au
Sydney Exotic Vets, fantastic for all small animals, we love these guys not including birds
02 9436 4884 64 Atchison st, Crows nest NSW
Canley Heights Veterinary Clinic- Dr Jim Gill
shop 6, Harden st and Avoca Rd, Canley Hights ph 02 9604 9792 or 9604 9300
Bird and Exotics Veterinarian- Dr Alex Rosenwax
shop 3 block d 1 hunter street, green square ph 02 93196111 www.birdvet.com.au