Health, disease and care
1. What are the causes ?
False moult is not a disease ! It is caused by a sudden change: Light, temperature, draft or stress.
2. The effects of a false moult
The zebrafinch enters a period of out-of-season moulting which will weaken it. To be avoided during breeding or competition period.
The bird victim of a false molt will need a supply of vitamins and minerals to help regrowth of the feathers.
3. A remedy used by breeders
To remedy this false moult, there is a method used by breeders which consists of letting a peeled and cut onion macerate in a liter of water for 3 to 4 days (protected from light).
Then, put a tablespoon of the juice obtained in a liter of water and distribute in the drinking trough for a week, renewing this mixture every day.
Simple to prepare, natural and without side or harmful effects ! A recipe that has proven itself among a large number of bird breeders.
This method helps prevent infestation of your zebra finches from internal parasites (flat and round worms) and is also a blood purifier.
To have an effective dewormer, you have to combine garlic, thyme and sage. Garlic is the most active in this composition.
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 2 sprigs of thyme
- 2 sage leaves
Garlic can be mixed or cut. You can also cut the sage leaves.
All mixed in a liter of water. Let macerate for 15 days to 1 month in a temperate place away from the sun.
I share with you in this article how I take care of my zebrafinches.
You will find the first aid kit to have on hand to be ready !
First and foremost, I visually inspect each zebra finch on a daily basis, from beak to paws, behavior, warning signs and also the consistency of droppings.
Anticipating will always be the best way to avoid health problems, injuries, etc. Sometimes it is necessary to review the equipment that we use, the diet to improve the conditions that will ensure the health of the birds. When you notice a health problem, intervene the same day.
Here are the solutions proposed to overcome the common care and various problems during the life of our zebra finches.
Closed ring tightening the tab
Use a ring cutter to remove it.
To be inserted between the tab and the ring. If it causes a small injury, apply yellow betadine.
Apply an ointment such as Cortisedermyl (or equivalent containing 0.5% cortisone in pharmacies).
In one or two applications (1 per day) the paw loosens.
Cracked paw, crusty
Padsect (by Comed)
Relieves and heals, to be applied every day if necessary.
Apply physiological serum or preparation with chamomile.
Clear the eye and put one drop per day until improvement.
Use yellow betadine or propolis (without mother tincture) or biseptin, diode tincture, or other iodine healing agent.
I use it most often for small leg injuries, after removing droppings or the like.
Congested and fatty liver
Administer a solution based on choline, such as sedochol, comin cholin B-complex (from Comed) or charcoal extract.
In these cases, do not give more mash, switch to a diet composed only of seeds. As a preventive measure, I distribute B-complex cholin in the water every 2 weeks.
Laying sickness, egg retention
1 drop of liquid calcium (Calcivet), mitosyl ointment, petroleum jelly, oil.
Be careful not to overdose the liquid calcium.
Diarrhea, watery or soft, smelly droppings
Administer half a capsule of ultra yeast in a 25cc fountain (mix well), for 1 to 2 days. Another solution: Give or have ingested a small piece of charcoal (prefer the packages sold intended for birds), this will clean the intestines.
For minor cases, this often occurs during laying or feeding.
Scabies (of the beak and legs)
Apply pyrégale, cade oil, or propolis (without mother tincture).
First, isolate the subject. Use a cotton swab for precise and easy location.
Red lice, Canada lice, feather lice and other mites
Sprinkle Pyrévol (powder in the nest or on the bird), poustop (powder to mix with food, red) or essential oil of lavender.
Quite rare in zebrafinches. Proximity to canaries may be the cause, they are more subject to it. Bathing with bath salt (like Comed's Bath Salt) also helps with infestations.
Inner ear parasites
Symptom: Bird looking up and having difficulty perching (Twirling).
Isolate the bird. Apply 1 drop of Stronghold (sold in pharmacies) on contact with the skin in the neck.
Deteriorating feathers, holes (often noticeable in wing feathers)
Most commonly caused by an internal parasite. 1 drop of ivomec on the skin, available from the veterinarian and some merchant.
It is best to treat all zebrafinches in contact with proven cases. Remove damaged feathers for proper regrowth.