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Using Aloe Vera To Deworm Budgerigars

 

I was first alerted to the potential of intestinal worm infections in budgerigars by my friend Eric Monks during a visit at Lower Hutt, New Zealand back in the 1970s.

Eric Monks

Eric had suddenly lost several birds and when a local vet autopsied they were loaded with round worms.

worms

Although not a common problem todays we do hear of outbreaks in some countries, especially where birds are housed outside and the grounds may be contaminated by wild bird droppings.

Budgerigars may be affected by a number of different species of worms. The most common are round worms, tape worms, gizzard worms and Capillaria.

 If your birds have a worm infestation all cages and trays should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.

Deworming every 2-4 weeks for 3-4 months is recommended to eradicate the problem.

With aviaries that have had problems in the past it is good practice to routinely deworm your entire stud three or four times a year, but especially before and after the breeding season.

TREATMENT FOR WORMS:

There are numerous medications available, prescripton and non-prescription, that can be used.

However I prefer to use natural remedies that are easy to prepare and have proven effective.

Garlic Water is an effective natural dewormer and also effective against mites.

Another very effective dewormer is easily made from Aloe Vera.

PREPARING "ALOE VERA WATER":

Aloe Vera Plant

First get a small Aloe Vera plant ... to grow yout own supply, or buy an Aloe Vera leaf from a local garden center or vege market.

Aloe Vera Leaf

Clean two leaves.

Aloe Strips

Cut the leaves into narrow strips, taking care not to lose the center pulp.

Litre Bottle

Place the Aloe Strips in a one litre bottle and half fill with clean filtered water.

Aloe Strips Floating

The Aloe Strips will initially float on the surface.

Place the bottle in a refrigerator.

Strips sink

After 2-3 days the Aloe Strips will sink to the bottom. When this happens the solution is ready to use.

The Aloe Solution can be safely stored in a refrigerator for 7-10 days, maybe longer.

Mix one part of Aloe water with an equal part of clean filtered water and use as the sole source of drinking water for seven days.

Drinking water should be changed daily, and provided in a tube waterer where birds cannot contaminate it.

 

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