Reaping the Fruits of Your Labour – Young Bird Flights – Tony Gestier, Australia

As the breeding season begins to wind down for another year, many of us will be lucky and have healthy young birds sitting on the perch.

The easiest and most natural reaction now, is to stand back, admire the fruits of your labour and wait for the 2013 sales to begin – however, what we really should be doing is considering what we need to do to keep the birds healthy and in peak condition.

The young bird flight is a place of heightened stress; young birds are under huge amounts of immune and nutritional pressure. Nasty bugs love this type of environment and are traded from bird to bird faster than basketball cards in a primary school playground.

It is a mistake to think that because these birds are fledged and are not breeding that they do not require attention, the truth is the exact opposite. There are a few critical aspects that if addressed correctly, will ensure that ALL the birds that go into the young bird flight, not only make it through to the sales, but do so in optimum condition.

Worm Control: It’s basic, it’s been discussed a hundred times before, but it really is important. If you didn’t worm your breeding stock before they went down to breed, it is crucial to worm your young birds now! Parent birds can unknowingly feed their young worm eggs, which then hatch and mature in your young birds over a period of weeks, usually reaching dangerous numbers around the time birds fledge! Use a good, safe, effective ALL wormer in your young birds to minimise the destruction worms can cause in your flights. WORMOUT GEL is ideal, as it can be administered directly via MEDICATION TUBE or dispersed easily in water. Check out YOU TUBE on using Wormout Gel for some handy tips to help you save time, money and effectively eliminate this menace.

Psittacosis: Lime green droppings, respiratory problems, swollen eyes, chronic weight loss and of course, sudden death – Psittacosis is the most important disease in Australian aviculture today and not in a good way. As a bird keeper, you need to be aware of this disease, how it works and what you can do to prevent it wreaking havoc in your young birds.

Water Quality: Water is such a crucial part of life for birds, on one hand we can give them a fresh clean water source free from potential disease or on the other hand we can recreate something similar to Ganges River and subject our birds to stress and competition against disease – but there will be a price to pay! Contaminated water is the ideal place for bacteria and other infectious organisms to live, grow and happily reproduce by the million. So if your goal as a bird keeper is to provide the best environment in which to breed the most exotic and successful colonies of bacteria, then by all means go ahead. If on the other hand you prefer healthy birds, it’s time to look at your bird’s drinking water. Since its formulation almost 20 years ago, AVICLENS has set the benchmark for water hygiene and quality, SWEET WATER has now been developed to bring the same benefits of Aviclens to your bird’s water while adding a new dimension of safety with natural fruit acids.

Feather Condition: Fact – The better your birds plumage, the more they will earn you at the sales. Fact – Quality feathering is a combination of good nutrition and birds being free of the burdens of disease. Conclusion? Looking after your birds health and nutrition will pay dividends – literally!

Supporting young birds by providing a high level of hygiene and nutrition does not have to be expensive or take up hours of your time. Vetafarm have developed a range of scientifically formulated food and supplements to make this easy to achieve, simply throw us a line and we will help you make the right decision for your birds, improving their feathering, overall health and making the most for you at the sales

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About the Author:

Dr Tony Gestier BVSc, is the sole owner and director of Vetafarm and has many years experience as a practising veterinarian as well as special qualifications in avian health (MACVSc) and pharmaceutics (BMSc).


Dr Tony formed Vetafarm in 1990 after spending much time in the field of avian health and identifying problems with the nutrition, medications and information available. Vetafarm has now grown to employ over 20 highly trained and professional staff.


Vetafarm is Australia’s leading innovator in companion animal health and welfare. With all products being focused on improving animal welfare, Vetafarm prides itself on producing the best for your bird, reptile, dog cat or small mammal.

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