Itís worth having a quarantine area for new stock whether for parrotfinches or other birds.
Even established breeders can need to quarantine ill or stressed, existing
stock. In some cases the birds can be very difficult to either source or costly to replace.
A quiet area away from the noise of the main collection reduces stress in both existing and new stock and
allows the new to adjust to a move.
The seller can be blamed when a new bird dies, but the fault can lie with the new keeperís husbandry
and system of introduction.
Naturally, when buying, obtain fit stock and be wary of breeders that appear
to be over breeding from their birds.
A quarantine area need not be fancy. Any small space separated from the main bird room can
It might only be a double breeder, or two, in a utility room. I use a small room on the side of my
house. It doubles as a storage area as well.
Give thought to cleanliness and hygiene. Plastic cages are easy to clean. I have a spiller
which runs across the cage fronts catching much of the husk and droppings.
Inexpensive tiles make it easy to clean anything that does drop to the floor.
My new birds are caged in one of the vacant cages with woodchip (8mm) on the cage floor.
There is a bath and the diet is basic, ie a suitable seed mix, grit and filtered water. I don't, but
many do, add multi vitamins to the water, or a probiotic, as part of their standard regime
Temperature is usually about 150C (600F), but can be higher initially to match the previous
Don't assume a bird hunched up or with head under wing, is ill and start pumping in drugs.
Itís likely to be a little bit stressed rather than ill.
Adding sugar, glucose or even a probiotic at this point is all that is probably required
Showing - if you show birds, it is important to quarantine them on their return.
They've been alongside other birds that may carry disease to which your own stock don't have a natural immunity.
A month in quarantine is enough before you can move your birds into the main collection.
As with all aspects of livestock husbandry, observation is key after a period of quarantine to address
any other potential problems.