ISSUES - MAIN

KRISTEN REEVES, MEADOWLARK FARMS AVIAN SUPPLY, INC.

From a breeders point of view, Gouldian finches are notorious for being fragile. It has been often stated that they are susceptible to many types of health problems.  If they become sedentary, the lack of exercise can cause overweight birds and other health problems. Hens fall dead from the perch for no apparent reason.  A myriad of issues.


This section will explain some of the health issues involved in keeping Goulds and other finch varieties, what to look for, and how to treat your birds if you suspect they are ill.

Articles of Interest & Handy Links

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BACTERIAL INFECTIONS


  • Ornithosis/Psittacosis
  • Streptococcus
  • Staphylococcus
  • E-Coli
  • Salmonella

BREEDING ISSUES


  • Egg Binding
  • Soft Shelled-Eggs
  • Clear Eggs
  • Calcium Deficiency
  • Egg Pecking/Eating

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VIRAL INFECTIONS

  •  Polyomavirus
  • Ornithosis/Psittacosis
  • Newcastle Disease
  • Papilloma Virus
  • Herpesvirus (One-eyed Cold)

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FUNGAL/MOLD INFECTIONS


  • Aspergilliosis
  • Candida
  • Avian Gastric Yeast
  • Ringworm
  • Fungus

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EXTERNAL PARASITES


  • Blood Mites
  • Feather Mites
  • Scaly Face/Leg Mites
  • Burrowing Mites

FEATHER PROBLEMS


  • Abnormal Molt
  • Balding
  • Damaged Feathers
  • Feather Plucking

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MICROSCOPY


This page is currently under construction. Links will be made available soon.

If you just can't figure out what is wrong and you have tried everything, check out your bird's feet. Their feet can tell a lot about their overall health, depending on the color and texture.  See the About Your Bird's Feet link for more information.

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LIST OF COMMONLY PRESCRIBED MEDICATIONS AND THEIR USES -  DISCLAIMER!!


This page is meant for reference purposes only, and to help you understand medications and their uses. Should you choose to use these medications without direction from an Avian Veterinarian, we cannot help you and will not be responsible for any results - good or bad! Consult an Avian Veterinarian before using any of the items mentioned on this page!  Using the wrong medication can make matters worse or even kill your bird!


This particular page is currently under construction and has been taken down temporarily as updates are made.

Below is a list of some of the illnesses, diseases, and problems your bird may encounter. Keep in mind this is not a complete list, but merely those we are most likely to see - if we see them at all. Click each link for more information on each type of issue.

INTERNAL PARASITES


  •  Air Sac Mites
  • Protozoal Infections
  • Worms
  • Coccidia

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BEAK, FOOT & CLAW ISSUES


  • Overgrown Beak
  • Trim Beak & Claws
  • Crossed Beak
  • Fungal Infections