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Budgies are FRAGILE creatures that do not recover well from diseases. The main contenders for use in developing a stronger immune system with budgies are: Vitamin D3 from exposing your budgies to natural sunlight, Manuka Honey, Apple Cider Vinegar, Garlic, a product called Orego- Stim (made from Greek Oregano oil) Australian native tree & shrub branches and Ginger roots like Turmeric. Many other foods like beetroot, amaranth, carrots, etc. probably help too.


* Vitamin D3 is essential for a healthy immune system in budgies and Humans. Vitamin D3 acts as the hormone that drives the immune system. Budgies make their own Vitamin D3 from exposure to direct sunlight that has not passed through glass, Perspex, clear fibreglass, or any other clear material. Second best is the use of Sylvania Reptistar Fluorescent tube lighting – especially in bird rooms. As a possible backup, use a really good vitamin D3 supplement such as Soluvite D Breeder from Vetafarm.


* Manuka Honey is a gentle product that you can add to the budgies’ water (½ teaspoon of manuka honey to 1 litre of water). It appears to nourish the gut lining etc. My budgies’ fertility has soared since I started using it. According to current research being done with wound healing in horses by Professor


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Manuka Honey is a gentle product that you can add to the budgies’ water (½ teaspoon of manuka honey to 1 litre of water). It appears to nourish the gut lining etc. My budgies’ fertility has soared since I started using it.


Andrew Dart from the University of Sydney, Manuka Honey is very good, but Scottish Heather Honey is even better. Recently Budgie breeder Mick Arnold sent me the following feedback on using Manuka Honey as I had recommended: “My first round with 10 breeding cabinets I hatched 47 chicks…..I can’t think of anything I have done different this year against previous years apart from the honey….. These are the best results I have had in over 20 years with budgies.”


* Apple Cider Vinegar with added Garlic has a very strong effect on my budgies (I use Stockhealth Double Strength Apple Cider Vinegar with Garlic at a rate of 2 ml per litre of water. I get this product from Elenbee Bird Supplies). The following day after administering it, my birds are much noisier and more active. Apple Cider Vinegar has been shown to improve gut health.


* A new product called Orego-Stim is an emulsified Oregano oil which is added to the drinking water. There is good scientific evidence that it also aids the gut health and produces


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