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 be used

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 a vacant cage with woodchip (8mm) on cage floor

There is a bath and diet is basic, ie 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 usually about 150C (600F), but can be higher initially to match previous quarters

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 moving 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


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 birds can be very difficult to source or costly to replace

A quiet area reduces stress in both existing and new stock


A quarantine area need not be fancy

Any small space separated from main bird room can be used

A double breeder, or two, in a utility room.   I use a small room on the side of my house which doubles as a storage area

Give thought to cleanliness and hygiene.   I have a 'spiller' running across the cage fronts catching much of the husk and droppings

Plastic cages are easy to clean.   Inexpensive tiles make it easy to clean anything that does drop to the floor


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


 

My new birds are caged in a vacant cage with woodchip (8mm) on floor

There is a bath and diet is basic, ie 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 usually about 150C (600F), but can be higher initially to match previous quarters

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 a probiotic 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 moving your birds into the main collection

Observation is key after a period of quarantine to address any other potential problems