Understanding some basic information on avian diseases is important. Unfortunately things can happen, but it’s how you deal with that threat to your healthy birds that is important.
Firstly the information given here is our own personal opinion, and you should always seek professional advice where applicable.
Our main focus when managing the health of our flock is prevention. Ensuring a number of other factors (listed also in the Health section of our website) are in place is one way to avoid avian diseases all together. Touch wood we haven’t had any issues in this area, something we’re pleased about, but we always keep a close eye on any sudden changes in any of our birds.
Something to understand is that birds are social beings, and naturally live in flocks. Sick birds attract the attention of unwanted predators, often meaning healthier members of the flock will exile any bird who is sick. Because of this birds will rarely show visual signs of illness until it is too late. Avian veterinarians can often intervene and save sick birds, but sometimes the disease can cause fatalities.
One of the principal stages in disease prevention is quarantine.
Like humans, we build immunity to diseases. It’s exactly the same with birds. If you introduce a bird that is immune to a particular disease, but is still a carrier, and introduce it into your flock you risk infecting them all. The more common diseases are generally transmitted through faeces, blood etc; so when quarantining you need to ensure that your new bird doesn’t have contact with any of your other birds. Either a solid metal separator between aviary banks, or in an entirely separate area of your facility, or a different area of your house. Then you can maintain a vigilant eye on your new addition and address anything which you’re concerned about.
One of the primary aims for prevention is an excellent diet, that focusses on a wide variety of fresh nutritious produce. The second is cleanliness. This is fundamental, especially when dealing with juveniles. We utilise F10 all of the time whilst hand-rearing. If you notice any immediate changes, always contact your Avian Veterinarian.
If you’re interested in some of the diseases in Aviculture, please take a look at this link:
Although we haven’t had to personally use them, we have referred many of our friends to these Avian Veterinary Clinics:
They both have a great team, and will provide quality assistance.