A disease prevention program is of vital importance to Budgerigars especially when mixing of birds occurs – such as when new birds are added to aviaries.
When controlling disease it is important to understand how infectious agents may be spread. This can be by direct contact between birds, feather dust, air droplets or via contaminated surfaces (such as cages). Mixing of birds is probably the most significant factor for disease transmission.
The main aims of the Budgerigar Disease Prevention Program are to:
- Quarantine to prevent disease
- Test and treat sick birds
- Improve hygiene
- Minimise drug and veterinary costs – quarantine, hygiene and good nutrition should enable you to decrease your financial outlay on these costs by up to 80%.