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    Common Diseases in Canary Birds

    ArticlePasserine AdviceThursday 09 December 2010
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    Canary birds are a highly popular choice of pet bird because they are easy to tame, look beautiful and can even talk a little. However, if you are considering a canary for sale it is very important to make sure that you are prepared to care for it properly so that it leads a healthy and happy life. See the following guide for more information on canary bird illnesses that can commonly strike this breed, so that you can look out for the signs and keep your pet bird in the best condition.

     

    Canary Bird Pox

    Pox are much more common among outdoor birds than indoor ones because they are usually spread by mosquitoes. The dry form is the most prevalent type and causes crusty abrasions on the skin where there are no feathers. The wet form has similar symptoms but inside the mouth of canary birds. Other symptoms can include breathing problems and loss of weight.

     

    This contagious disease can be fatal to a bird and there is no absolute cure for it at the moment. However, canary birds can be nursed through it and treated for other infections attained as a result.

     

    Canary for Sale – Mites

    Mites are very hard to see, and there are many different sorts that can affect canary birds.

    • Feather mites cause holes or bald spots in the feather shafts
    • Red mites can sometimes be seen as little red specks at night – these are itchy
    • Scaly mites attack the faces, legs and feet in older birds – skin will become scaly
    • Air sac mites get into a canary’s lungs and trachea – the bird will open its mouth for breathing or bob its tail

     

    Treatment is administered by using a spray product on the bird and its environment.

     

    Canary for Sale – Digestion Issues

    Canary birds can get diarrhoea or look bloated. You should take the bird to your vet in these instances as there could be a number of different reasons why it is being affected like this. A poor diet and stress can contribute greatly to these sorts of pet bird illnesses.

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