CANARY HEALTH - New Bird Program

By Dr   BSc, BVSc, MRCVS, MACVSc (Avian health)

Veterinary examination of new birds including a microscopic examination of a crop flush and faecal smear can check for the majority of the common diseases. If a veterinary examination is not possible the following protocol is suggested.

Quarantine all new birds for 6 weeks.

During quarantine: -

Moxidectin Plus 1 drop orally per bird, for roundworm, hairworm, tapeworm and mites (including air sac mite and scaly leg mite)

Baycox 1 drop orally once a day for 2 days, for coccidia

Permethrin light spray, to remove any lice

Turbosole 1 tsp (3g)/2L water for 7 days (mixed fresh daily) for canker

Veterinary check for megabacteria 2 microscopic examinations of pooled dropping samples 10 days apart

Monitor closely for signs of Chlamydia (red watery eyes, nasal discharge, sneezing), if apparent Doxyvet 1tsp/2L for up to 45 days