I am not a vet.   These notes are from Tony Jochem’s book, “Breeding Estridid Finches” (with his permission) - plus my own experiences

I strongly recommend this book which can be purchased online at www.avitoon.nl
or by emailing T. Jochem.

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Campylobacteriosis

Campylobacteriosis - caused by campylobacter bacterium found in intestines of not only poultry but humans as well.   Common causes are contaminated soft food, eg eggs not boiled properly, or egg shells which are not microwaved or oven treated for long enough

Symptoms in Estrildid finches include bird sitting with head under wing and heavy yellow/ whiteish droppings.   Youngsters are often thrown out of the nest with full crops, within a week or so of hatching

To use boiled eggs in soft food, they must be boiled for a minimum of seven minutes .   Can also be spread by other birds which are moulting and rearing.   We also pass it on by not washing our hands properly before feeding and handling birds

I use Erythromycin to treat, which I give this for five days and then provide a multivitamin for the next two days

I repeat this for one more week

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Coccidia (Isospara canaria)

Coccidiosis - common disease faced by bird keepers

It affects not only estrildid finches but pigeons and poultry

Conclusive diagnosis is presence of oocytes in the droppings.   The droppings are dark brown and sometimes contain whole seed

Disease spread by direct contact with infected faeces

Symptoms - very sleepy birds which spend a lot of time around seed pots pecking without really eating.   They lose weight even though appear to be eating frequently

Treatment for coccidiosis is E.S.B.3 - given as directed

Everything in cage and everything that may have come into contact with diseased bird must be cleaned to stop coccidiosis spreading.   Ideally, cages, their fronts and utensils should be steam cleaned

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Avoiding disease - care when feeding fruit

Most parrotfinches love fresh fruit including figs, pears and apple

However, this can be a very common source of infection in their cages

The birds take a small piece of fresh fruit to the perch and hold it in their foot and eat it

They then wipe excess moisture and fruit from their beaks onto the perch

Bacteria and mould grow rapidly in fruit residue left on perches leading to infection

To avoid, if fresh fruit is used, perches must be changed, utensils and cages cleaned very regularly

fruit salad
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I am not a vet.   These notes are from Tony Jochem’s book, “Breeding Estridid Finches” (with his permission) - plus my own experiences

I strongly recommend this book which can be purchased online at www.avitoon.nl
or by emailing T. Jochem.

 
Image of Book

 

Campylobacteriosis - caused by campylobacter bacterium found in intestines of poultry and humans

Common causes are contaminated soft food, eg eggs not boiled properly, or egg shells not microwaved/ oven treated for long enough

Symptoms in Estrildid finches include bird sitting with head under wing and heavy yellow/ whiteish droppings

Youngsters are often thrown out of the nest with full crops, within a week or so of hatching


To use boiled eggs in soft food, they must be boiled for a minimum of seven minutes .   Can also be spread by other birds which are moulting and rearing.   We also pass it on by not washing our hands properly before feeding and handling birds

I use Erythromycin to treat, which I give this for five days and then provide a multivitamin for the next two days

I repeat this for one more week


Image - Campylobacter
http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki
File:Campylobacter.jpg
Image - Coccidia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
File:Coccidia.jpg

 

Coccidia (Isospara canaria)

Coccidiosis - common disease faced by bird keepers

It affects not only estrildid finches but pigeons and poultry

Conclusive diagnosis is presence of oocytes in droppings.   Droppings are dark brown and sometimes contain whole seed

Disease spread by direct contact with infected faeces

Symptoms - very sleepy birds, spend much time around seed pots pecking but not eating.   Lose weight even though seem to be eating frequently

Treatment for coccidiosis is E.S.B.3 - given as directed

Clean everything in cage, and that may have come into contact with diseased bird, to stop spread.   Ideally, cages, fronts and utensils should be steam cleaned


 

Avoiding disease - care when feeding fruit

Most parrotfinches love fresh fruit including figs, pears and apple but this can be a common source of infection in cages

The birds take a small piece of fresh fruit to the perch, hold it in foot and eat it

They then wipe excess moisture and fruit from their beaks onto the perch.   Bacteria and mould grow rapidly in fruit residue on perches leading to infection

To avoid, if fresh fruit is used, perches must be changed, utensils and cages cleaned very regularly