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Top 10 Ways To Treat Your Sick Canary For...
January 05, 2007
|Your Guide to Canary Care Success.
I’ve got a new article for you today entitled The Top 10 Ways To Treat Your Canary For Runny Droppings.
It’s the kind of info you’ll want to save in a convenient place so if you ever need it it’ll be easy to find and use.
Here at home things have been rolling along nicely too. All my pets are healthy and my oldest daughter is enjoying her winter break from Kindergarten. She starts back on Monday but is not sure if she wants to return to school or not. I remember that feeling. ;-)
One of the things that’s going really well is that I’ve finally started taking my health more seriously. I recently purchased an ebook from a guy named Tom Venuto...the guy is BRILLIANT! I’m having way more fun getting back in shape than I ever thought possible.
If you have any interest in losing a few pounds and getting in better shape in 2007 I highly recommend his book. You can learn more at... Burnthefat.com
Anyway, I know we’re supposed to be talking about canaries so I’ll stop rambling and get to today’s article.
In the next issue I’ll get a little into how to “condition” your canaries for breeding season. If you have any interest whatsoever in canary breeding you’ll want to see it. It’s the first step to having a successful breeding season.
Some other writings I’m working on include...
--More on treating your sick canary
--Feeding bee pollen--Is it worth the effort?
--And new information on cage cleanliness. Maybe we don’t have to clean as often as we thought.
Until next time...
Make Your Canary S-I-N-G!
The Top 10 Ways To Treat Your Canary For Runny Droppings
After weeks of seemingly perfect canary health you may notice some changes in your bird’s behavior.
• Maybe your canary is not as active as he normally is.
• Maybe he’s drinking more water than usual.
• Maybe he’s even huddling on the bottom of the cage.
And then in addition to one, or all, or maybe even NONE of these...
• He has runny droppings.
While it can be hard to tell what exactly has caused a bout of diarrhea, there are some things you can do for your bird to help him feel better. Much of the time the illness causing this will run its course in just 2 or 3 days. Any longer than that and you may want to see a vet.
As I wrote in The Canary Lovers Guide To LISTENING To Your Pet Canary Bird, your bird’s droppings can tell you a lot about his health status.
The most common problem seen in droppings?...Diarrhea.
Diarrhea is often accompanied by the symptoms noted above (increased water consumption, listlessness, huddling) as well as a few others. If you’ve been watching your canary’s droppings regularly you may have noticed the diarrhea before any of the other symptoms became apparent.
GOOD FOR YOU! You should always be watching your bird’s body language and his droppings for any unusual changes.
Anyway, regardless of HOW you discovered your canary’s runny droppings, it’s time to give him immediate treatment.
I would recommend you err on the side of caution and treat him as if he is a VERY sick little bird. Maybe this little illness is no big deal and will soon pass or maybe it’s the beginning of a debilitating disease. Either way, anytime your bird is acting poorly, you’ll want to...
Make Him Comfortable and Rested.
The first thing you should always do with a sick canary is to put him in a room where it is quiet and peaceful, warm a portion of his cage to about 85 degrees F, and make sure he has plenty of fresh water, seed, and cuttlebone.
I’ll get more into exactly the best ways to do this in a future writing. Right now, though, I want to get into the specifics of diarrhea treatment.
1. Firstly, cut out the greens and fruit.
A. Some canary owners feed large amounts of greens every day and never have any problems. Indeed, canaries for the most part are able to consume large quantities of greens on a daily basis.
None the less, I think it’s safe to suspect that too many greens may be the cause of the diarrhea. It certainly isn’t helping.
B. And yet some canary owners feed greens only occasionally and irregularly. I want you to know, though, that introducing greens after a long absence may cause runny droppings. And greens are good for your canary so I suggest you feed greens to a healthy canary at least 3 times per week.
C. Fruit can be overdone. Too much fruit like apples can cause runny droppings. So, for the time being, until this problem clears up, stop feeding fruit.
2. Next, cut out eggs and egg food.
Too much of this may also cause digestive problems.
Under normal circumstances, when your bird is completely healthy, I recommend boiled egg 3 times per week.
3. Third, provide your bird with a selection of foods that are known to help firm up his droppings.
• Cooked brown rice
• Uncooked oatmeal
• Millet Seed (millet spray)
4. Fourth, provide a small shallow dish of strong chamomile tea.
This tea is suspected of calming an upset stomach.
Probiotics are said to flood the canary’s digestive system with beneficial bacteria thereby improving his gut flora.
Some canary owners swear by them and think that any canary lover that doesn’t always have probiotics on hand is a complete numbskull. Still, others say probiotics are useless.
Either way they certainly won’t hurt.
I keep probiotics around and use them anytime a bird looks a little under the weather. If nothing else it helps me feel better knowing I’m doing all I can for my beloved pet.
6. Provide a small amount of Bird Charcoal.
Wild birds have been known to seek out and consume charcoal when they have digestion problems. Bird Charcoal is available as a canary treatment. Although it is not a cure for diarrhea, it does help to reduce acidity in the stomach.
Other remedies that many breeders use to treat diarrhea and settle an upset stomach include...
7. Small piece of bread soaked in milk is said to help settle an upset stomach.
8. Poppy seeds are thought to help firm up droppings.
For really bad cases you can force feed your bird one drop of Pepto-Bismol directly into the beak. Yes. It’s stressful for your bird...and you...but in a bad case it may be a great help.
As a last resort, you may want to treat your sick bird with a broad spectrum antibiotic.
If your canary is suffering from a bacterial infection, the antibiotic may clear it up right away. But if not--if the cause is viral or some other form of pathogen--the antibiotic may make matters worse.
If possible, see a qualified avian vet before treating with an antibiotic. A good vet will run some tests and try to narrow down the cause of the diarrhea. Then she’ll help you decide on the best medicinal treatment.
There are your 10 ways to treat runny droppings in your canary bird.
Once again, they are...
• Temporarily stop feeding greens and fruit
• Temporarily stop feeding egg
• Feed stool firming foods
• Provide chamomile tea
• Bird Charcoal
• Bread soaked in milk
• Poppy seeds
• One drop of Pepto-Bismol directly into the beak.
I always try the natural remedies first and then move on to medicines as a last resort.
If you keep your eyes open and watch for important symptoms you’ll be able to catch an illness that causes runny droppings EARLY. And that is so very important. For more on how to catch symptoms early see CanaryBirdListening.com
Then do these 10 things (using antibiotics as a last resort --or preferably, see a vet) you’ll likely be able to get your canary back on track to his old healthy and energetic self in a short time.
, Feel free to forward this email on to any friends or family that may be interested in the content. Let’s see how many canary owners we can help out. :-)
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Written by Darren P.D. Walker
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