New Publication “The Budgerigar” by Dr Robert Marshall

Streptococcus Faecalis

The Budgerigar by Dr Robert MarshallFanciers will have seen a bird(s) with the nostrils within the cere exuding a fluid. This is often associated with darkened feathers immediately above the cere. The fluid can also possess a foul smell. At the same time, the nostrils can be seen to be closing as the fluid slowly hardens around the nasal apertures.

These symptoms are classic signs of a streptococcus infection, specifically streptococcus faecalis. It is a natural inhabitant of the gut which keeps the inborn bacteria that a budgerigar possesses at a level to prevent intestinal disease. Bring in stress however and the balance is upset. Travelling can cause it, especially birds being transported between European and UK breeders over long distances.

Also, birds with megabacteria can be linked with streptococcus infection.

Ideally, such birds should receive a 7 day long course of Amoxicillin Trihydrate. This will clear the infection in association with nutritional suplements, but in the case of birds with other underlying problems may not be effective. A swab taken via your veterinary practice will confirm, or otherwise, if this is the problem.

The above is an extracted precis from Dr Robert Marshall’s superb 2009 publication “The Budgerigar”. The book comes in hardback, contains some 415 pages and over 2000 colour photographs and charts.

Gerald Binks says of the book:

Taking 12 years to produce, there has never been a more extensive volume to help our birds survive when ill. It is a perfect volume to have to hand.

To order your copy, please use the links on the Dr Robert Marshall page.

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About the Author: Gerald Binks began breeding budgerigars when he was 12 years old and is now arguably the most knowledgeable budgerigar fancier in the world. He has bred his fair share of Best in Show birds, judged in no less than 20 countries, founded the World Budgerigar Association, and has published two of the three classic books on the hobby. His stud in the UK attracts fanciers from near and far and is always high on the list for those wishing to purchase BA23 quality budgerigars.

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