Dr Robert Marshall

Dr Robert MarshallI am delighted to advise that Dr Rob Marshall B.V.Sc., M.A.V.C.Sc. (Avian Health) has agreed to act on behalf of the hobby via this website.

He is arguably the finest and most experienced veterinary surgeon in the world currently highly active in the field of avian diseases.

An Australian, he has his own small veterinary practice in Carlingford, Australia. His knowledge, supported by his extensive Curriculum Vitae, plus papers and books on avian health, is unequalled.

His latest publication “The Budgerigar” was published in 2009 and took 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. (For further details see “The Budgerigar”)

As part of his relationship with this website, Dr Marshall has provided an emergency first aid treatment process, so that any fancier can perform a step-by-step diagnosis of any sick bird, to see exactly the right course to follow and drug(s) to give.

Any prescription drugs that are required have to be obtained from your local veterinarian but can be supported by information that will be on this site for any fancier to download.

Full details will appear on this website (see “Health“).

Dr Rob’s Products

Dr Marshall has also arranged for supplies of the relevant approved drugs to be available.

His book and drugs may be obtained as follows:


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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. David Bates says:

    Hi I’m having a lot of birds dying at the moment. They look fine one day – the next day they are dead.

    The first sign is they are fluffed up. I remove them straightaway to a sick cage and in 24 hours they’re dead.

    They don’t have any waste around the vent area, they have no food in chop and no sign of throwing up.

    Any ideas please?

    Thanks, Dave

  2. Hi David,

    My apologies, I missed seeing your comment about the loss of your birds.

    Can I refer you to Dr Robert Marshall’s excellent breakdowns of problems and analyses for us amateurs. These are marked Numbers One, Two and Three in the Health section of this website.

    I’d suggest that all breeders having problems should refer to these as a first step when health problems occur.

    The Marshall system is first class and only each breeder can assess the “diagnosis” of his / her problem by using the Marshall plans to narrow down what is happenning.

    The breeder can then print off the relevant data from the site and take that, and a sick but live bird, with them to their local vet.

    All fanciers should have a supply of Quik Gel to hand to help the bird(s) initially to survive with an added heat source and easy access to fluids.

    In your case David, you have a serious problem and again my apology for not spotting your incoming query immediately. You may have followed the process above – I hope so, but certainly having done so, it is obvious a Veterinary Laboratory diagnosis is imperative.

    I wish you well.


  3. Patrick says:

    Dear Dr Marshall

    My name is Patrick O’Rourke and I am a Budgerigar breeder and client of yours in Adelaide.

    I just wanted to drop you a line and let you know about the breeding success I am having this March/April following the introduction of many of the dietry suggestions in your great book.

    I have also been religously giving all my birds your food and water supplements in preparation to breeding and during.

    I put down 20 pairs of which 16 have paired well and produced 105 eggs. As of today 40 chicks have been born from ten nest with more on the way. One nest has 7 chicks and doing well, with others on 4-5 chicks.

    I have been very diligent with their care but wanted to say thank you for your research and development of products to aid in their development.


  4. Barry Mitchell says:

    Dear Dr Rob,

    Congratulations on your fantastic publication.

    I am learning so much in relation to feather engineering alone it has been a real eye opener and makes compulsilory bedside reading!

    Thank you for autographing my copy.

    Kind regards,

    Barry Mitchell
    Sunshine Coast

  5. syed asim ali says:

    dear Dr Rob,
    I have having problem with my Birds(Budgeri exhibition), that they have motion continuous. What you recommend for their health and breed.

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