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not to use them unless something goes terribly wrong. Well three weeks ago the first problem that my system didn’t prevent occurred. I got the beginning of a Canker (Trichomoniasis) outbreak. This is a very common problem with birds from chickens to parrots and finches. The cause is a tiny single-celled parasite called a protozoan. I lost 3 hens (canker mostly kills younger birds and hens in particular). The symptoms are green sticky droppings adhering around the vent, general listlessness, severe loss of weight and some birds dropping dead. I used Emtryl combined with Orego- Stim for 5 days, after which the birds were rambunctious and very noisy again. Emtryl is known to reduce fertility for 6 weeks or so, thus I will need to use Manuka honey and the other gut stimulators to rev them up for breeding. This gut disruption in humans is quite costly in terms of ongoing


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wellness, but humans will eventually cope with it. They won’t die from it because they are not as expendable and as fragile as budgies.


Next Issue… The Rival System of Budgie Management.


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