The Lovebirds

The Lovebirds
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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Coccidiosis in Lovebirds

This is a dreadful diseases of lovebirds. The main reason for this disease is a protozoan parasite viz., Eimeria aratinga. The affecte birds show red tinged diarrhea. Weight loss associated with chronic diarrhea may suggest the disease of many birds, when they overcrowded in an enclosure. It is really a a life-threatening problem to an especially young or small pet like lovebirds.

Growth of this protozoan paraite is noticed in the digestive tract of the lovebirds. The main reason for the out break of the disease is unhygenic maintanence of the cages.

  • Bloody droppings
  • Anemia
  • Ruffled feathers
  • Droopy
  • Tend to huddle
  • Consume less water and feed
  • Emaciated and dehydrated
  • Microscopic examination of the droppings for identifying the cocci organism
  • Previous history of the occurrence of the disease
How to Control Coccidiosis?

Controlling coccidiosis in lovebirds is really a Herculean task. The prevention can be achieved by strict sanitation. By adding a coccidiostat (Amprolium, Bactrisol, etc.) in the feed, the growth of coccidiosis can be prevented completely. treating the water before providing the same for drinking purpose is also being advised.

A vaccine to control the coccidiosis is also available commercially. Always seek a specialist in pet birds before opting for a vaccine is always appreciated.

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