Accident at Daniel Lütolf’s Aviary

Daniel Lütolf accidently lost 18 cocks, mostly 2007 and 2008 birds, while breeding very recently. No hens were affected, but naturally eggs and chicks were lost as well. Eggs opened later with embryos in them, were found to have black heads on every embryo.

Daniel LütolfHaving spoken directly with him to get the accurate reason it turned out to have nothing to do with administering an emtryl based product to eliminate trichomonas infection as was being rumoured. It was a product used to stop vomiting which experienced fanciers are familiar with, but there was nothing wrong with the product if used correctly. It is a European product called Chevi-Col which also goes under another name Cabrol-Col.

33 breeding cages were in use at the time and the correct dosage applied, but due to circumstances it was given for 7 days and not 5 days. Daniel heard bizarre sounds coming from the breeding room and found several birds behaving as if they were severely handicapped for no reason. Several were already dead and very quickly a total of 18 dead cocks were the result. The result, because of over use and because the cocks are always drinking while the hens are in the boxes, was that their nervous systems were ruined and basically the birds were poisoned.

Apparently there is a UK Fancier, Neil Murray, who has experience of this product and across the hobby it now seems that using this product is considered very risky especially if some birds drink more than others and over a longer period than recommended. Daniel blames himself entirely for his own stupidity – easy with hindsight. Fanciers beware!


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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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  1. Paolo says:

    Excellent news thanks Gerald

  2. Daniel Lutolf is most successful budgerigar’s breeder and I think he is No-1, it is my dream to visit him.

  3. andy hind says:

    Hi folks,

    I was very suprised that somebody as experienced as Daniel would take a chance with his preventative medicine routine. I would like to add there is a superb product on the market which I use to prevent trichomonosis and other related diseases.

    The product I use is called Tricho Plus from a company called Oropharma which is a sister company to Versele-Laga.

    I have used this product for 5 years now and I have never had a bird with trichomonosis. It is administered at 1 teaspoon to 2 litres of drinking water and this is done over 7 days.

    I would like to point out that this product is 100% safe to use whether your birds are breeding or have youngsters in the boxes it is safe to use. I repeat this procedure every 6 months as a preventative.

    It usually costs around £25 for a 200g tub, which is a small price to pay to keep a stud of budgerigars disease free. I would endorse this product fully.

  4. leif biegel says:

    Where can I get this product – living in Denmark – do you have an address?

    Leif Biegel says: Leif, for Chevi-Col simply search for it using Google – there are many websites selling it. For Tricho Plus, try the Oropharma website at They are based in Belgium. The specific page for Tricho Plus is: here.

  5. Leif Biegel says:

    Thank you very much.

    Leif Biegel

  6. Its about time we all get on the SAME page!

    Thanks again Gerald for taking the lead in this great hobby!

    Thomas W. Traxler Jr. U.S.A

  7. Graham Turner says:

    I have used CHEVI COl for a number of years without ill effect.

    It should only be used outside the breeding season as the uptake of water is significantly higher when breeding and should only be used for 5 days.

    Medication of any sort should never ever be used on birds that are breeding.

  8. Pauline A Domenge says:

    I do not like to put anything in my birds water. I use a product called Diatomaceous Earth – it’s a fine powder used for insect control, it’s natural and does not harm the birds.

    I put it on the soft food and sprinkle on the birds with good results. Give it a try – I like health foods.

  9. Andy Hind says:

    I enjoy the breeding side more than the showing side of the hobby, so I breed my birds all year round.

    Therefore, it would be ignorant of me to overlook any safe form of medication to prevent and protect my birds from diseases that could potentially kill them.

    I personally think any medication that makes budgerigars infertile for a month cannot be any good for them, especially as it is made for racing pigeons!

    TRICHO PLUS is made for cage birds i.e. budgerigars, canaries and finches.

    With a high safety margin it is impossible to overdose and kill your birds or babies – which to me is a common sense product that does the job ……. SAFELY!

  10. Carlos Araújo says:

    I am sorry that this has happened to “budgerigars friend” Daniel Lutolf

    Best regards
    Carlos Araújo

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