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LIST OF MY ARTICLES
How To Tap The Power Of Sick Estrildid Finches To Cure Themselves
The technique that I have discovered has many times the success rate
that I had when I force fed antibiotics for 7 - 10 days as vets instruct. According to my experience and many bird forum reports,
sick birds often die or relapse when they are taken to the vet's even if the vet is an avian one !! I would like to make it
absolutely clear that sick birds will be able to cure themselves on my technique as long as the appropriate antibiotics are
available to them and that these are made available to the sick birds in time. In my experience infections like Trichomonas,
Coccidia, Atoxoplasma, Megabacteria or Avian Gastric Yeast, Candida and most bacterial infections are treatable. This article
consists of 30 pages of A4 size (16,000 words) and is based on hundreds of hours of observation and study over
several years. I have little doubt that what I have discovered is the way finches will be treated in time to come because
I know it works better than any vet's instructions that I repeatedly followed in the beginning. My Finch Self-Medication
System of Therapy has the following four advantages over the method that avian vets follow at the moment.
1. It will make sick finches recover from an illness with far less
risk of damage to their vital organs and far less risk of an adverse change in their blood composition taking place
due to drug toxicity. This drug toxicity can be caused by the sick birds being hypersensitive to the antibiotic or
the antibiotic dose being too high or too low.
2. It will ensure that sick finches do not relapse after they have
cured themselves following my technique.
3. It will show what dose of antibiotic is appropriate for sick finches
of a given species to cure themselves on. Following my technique, I found that the label doses of certain antibiotics were
far too high whereas those of certain other antibiotics were far too low.
4. It will make antibiotic resistance even less likely to occur as compared to the method that avian vets follow at
in Estrildid Finches
My observations of how even healthy finches insist in consuming various
medicinal items every day. These include an antibacterial, an antiprotozoal and an antifungal solution. However, in my experience,
African finches of several species, can still fall ill despite their insistence on daily consuming these medicinal items.
The puzzle is why ? Why should healthy birds insist on consuming these medicinal items every day if it is found that they
can still end up falling ill ? I list down several reasons to explain this puzzle. I also discuss the all-important
question as to what makes healthy-looking captive finches fall ill and many other topics such as how to make up your own herb
mix to suit the specific finch species that you keep. This article consists of 19 pages of A4 size (11,000 words) and is based
on hundreds of hours of observation and study over several years.
A Method Of Selecting Disease Resistant Finches
This article shows you a foolproof way of how to select disease resistant
birds in your stock. If you are a breeder and would like to specialize in breeding certain species, then this article will
make a tremendous difference, for you should only use disease resistant birds when breeding because it would be a waste of
time and resources to breed birds that are not.
How to breed a Disease Resistant Line of Finches
This article will explain very simple genetics to show a way of how
to breed lots of disease resistant offspring from just one pair of disease resistant birds !! In this article, I will use
Gouldians as an example. But the technique explained here can be used to breed disease resistant finches of any species. This
article must be read in conjunction with the article called "A Method Of Selecting Disease Resistant Finches".
Some people have found to their dismay and cost that although birds
that they bought and quarantined looked healthy, the new birds caused certain species of their stock to become ill and even
die when they were mixed together. That is what birds known as disease carriers can end up doing to your stock. Mixing new
birds with your established stock is fraught with danger, no matter how healthy the new birds look even after any number of
days in quarantine. This article gives information on :
- The Main Reasons Why Finches Fall Ill In My Experience
- Different Levels of Immunity that finches may have to Germs
- A Way Of Determining Whether Any Newly Bought Birds Are Disease Carriers
To Birds In Your Stock
How to Keep Estrildid species ( with no Immunity to pathogen strains
found in human environments ) Alive in Captivity and have them Thrive and Breed
Certain Estrildid species such as Schlegel Twinspots, Black siskins,
Rosy Twinspots, Crimson Seedcrackers, Pintail Parrot Finches, Violet Eared Waxbills are known to mysteriously fall ill and
die of diseases that other species are able to be cured of and survive. Many wild caught specimens of these beautiful birds
have perished in human bird rooms. I have found that the reason for this is that these species have no immunity to pathogen
strains that are found in human environments.
If someone can convert a bird room in which certain equipment is installed
and certain procedures followed, they should be able to not only keep these Estrildid species alive in captivity but have
them thrive and breed. This article explains all about that equipment and those procedures and more importantly explains how
I found out.
How To Use Two Society Finch (Bengalese) Cocks To Incubate
And Foster Rear On Cue
This article is the best around on fostering or so I have been told
by many people. It is particularly useful to foster African finches since most African species still need to be established
in captivity and fostering will considerably increase the amount of young that can be reared. The advantages in using foster
pairs made up of two Society finch cocks rather than a cock and a hen for fostering is that if the species you are desperately
trying to foster unexpectedly start laying eggs, you have the great advantage of being able to stimulate the two cock Society
Finch pair to start incubating plastic eggs in a day or two. You do not have to wait for the hen Society Finch to lay real
eggs. Also in cock and hen pairs, the drive to start a new family is so strong that the Society Finch pair may stop feeding
their young altogether at three weeks of age. This can be a problem if you are fostering a finch that requires a longer weaning
period than a Society Finch nestling. Two cocks will feed almost indefinitely.
How To Process Fly Larvae As Food For Your Finches
This is a wonder live food that I have found all finches love and is
much cheaper and contains less fat than mealworms. Fat is the worst enemy of laying hens as any battery chicken farmer will
tell you. This article will show you how to sterilize and freeze large amounts of fly larvae that you can buy from fisherman
supply shops quite cheaply.
Drugged Birds For Sale: The Bird Scam You Should Know About
If birds that you buy are very active the first day that you have them
and then quite suddenly go into a stupor the following day with drooped wings and eyes shut, head bowed or tucked in, then
it is almost certain that those birds have been drugged to hide their illness. These drugs are called glucocorticoids. Several
people emailed me about buying such birds. This article advises you not to panic and throw the carcasses of the dead birds
away but to contact a poultry disease laboratory which will be able to detect these type of drugs even if the sick dead birds
are placed inside a plastic container and frozen. If these drugs are found in the dead birds, you will be able to take unscrupulous
bird dealers to court and get your money back. It is only if bird keepers do something about it that this scam will stop.
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