Concern over USA & Canada Seed Supplies – Rest of The World Please Note!

The wet weather and delayed harvests in 2009 in the USA and Canada have raised concerns about seed grain quality – both in respect of home use and for export.

All livestock producers worldwide, including avian fanciers, are therefore advised to “test” their grain for Mycotoxins (poisonous microfungi substances) for possible seed contamination.

The safest way to protect your budgerigars against this threat, is to add a propionic acid powder (such as Monoprop) when loading your seed bins.

After application, the bins should be left closed for 48 hours during which time any fungi present will be destroyed.

Microfungi occur when seed is, or has been, damp. Unfortunately, they generally cannot be seen by the naked eye.

Monoprop can be obtained from:
Monoprop - protection against avian seed mycotoxins

    Unit 15,
    Sandleheath Industrial Estate,
    SP6 1PA

    Tel: +44 (0) 1425 656081


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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. Bob Watson says:

    The use of Monoprop is new to me.

    Can I ask the following questions?

    – When Monoprop is added to the seed, is it mixed among the seed or kept separate?
    – Is Monoprop dangerous to the health of the budgerigars?

  2. Hello Bob,

    As you fill your bins with seed mixture, start at the base. Sprinke some in, add more seed, in goes more, but you only need small quantities, and so on.

    Close the bins for 48 hours and off you go.

    Result: No microfungi left and all bugs including lice and mites are elimanated – any Monoprop residue is dead and will not harm the stock!

    Great product – but don’t sniff it – it takes your head off!

    Hope this helps,


  3. John Miles says:

    I would like to know three things:

    – Is Monoprop available in the USA?
    – How much do you use in a 30 gallon container?
    – I store anywhere from 50 to 150 pounds of seed in a 30 gallon container – does it have any side effects on the birds?

    Thanks for all your efforts, great site.

  4. Hello John – good questions!

    Q – Is Monoprop available in the USA?
    A – I will contact Pharmaq regarding availability of monoprop in USA and Canada, or, if they have an agency that can supply. Details will be posted here when known.

    Q – How much do you use in a 30 gallon container?
    A – There is a lot of tolerance as the treated grains are just sprinkled over the seed at intervals as you fill up your container.

    Q – I store anywhere from 50 to 150 pounds of seed in a 30 gallon container – does it have any side effects on the birds?
    A – There is no danger whatsoever after 48 hours have passed with the container closed. See previous comments above re. Bob Watson.


  5. Michael says:

    HI Gerald

    Is Monoprop available in Australia?


  6. Michael,

    Please refer to this website regarding Monoprop supplies. Enter “monoprop” in the search field (top of all pages) and details are there.

    However, please note that with reference to Canada and America, deliveries of Monoprop run into difficulties with the respective customs departments.

    Australia may be totally different so please enquire direct to Pharmaq via their published details on this website.


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