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Parasite Profile:

Roundworm They're everywhere and they're dangerous!

Bio: The Roundworm is the most common intestinal parasite in captive birds and remain a regular cause of severe illness and death. The ability of the female roundworm to produce and lay eggs is astounding; any infected bird will pass large numbers of roundworm eggs in its droppings. This makes the cage environment a minefield of roundworm infection and reinfection.

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Roundworm eggs are ingested while the birds forage about on the bottom of the cage. Once hatched the worm larvae goes on a journey through the tissues of the bird where they rapidly find the gut. There they suck up nutrient until they become mature adults and grow into another “worm egg factory”. Now the health of all your caged birds is at risk. Weapon of Choice: The roundworm uses a brutal approach to its war on your bird. It simply multiplies and grows in such numbers that, apart from drawing all the nutrient from the gut, they form a writhing mass of worms inside the intestine that eventually kill the bird!

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Counter Measures: Worms must be controlled. The best treatment is prevention. A bird carrying a heavy burden of roundworm is in real danger - controlling the intake of worm eggs is the safest option.

Real (Scientific) Name:

Ascaridia spps

AKA: Worms, Nematodes, Ascarids Frequented Locations: If it has a gut, it will get worms! Due to the lifecycle of Roundworms and the foraging behaviour of birds, these nasty parasites are a serious risk to all types of birds –No exceptions!

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Worm ALL your caged and aviary birds every 3 months (4 times a year) to keep the worm egg numbers to a minimum. Complete eradication of roundworms is practically impossible, go for good control. Important for Bird Breeders! Ensure that one of the worming treatments happens just before breeding time and another after young birds have been weaned. If your birds have an outbreak of worm related illness you need to act quickly. Sick birds should be taken into a hospital box and given Spark Wormout Gel liquid directly (this helps with stress and dehydration). Then treat with Wormout Gel, as per directions. Wormout Gel is safe and effective on all worms in all birds from a Zebra Finch to a Scarlet Macaw.

Water soluble, safe and effective all wormer for birds.

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Once the crisis is over make sure you institute a regular Wormout Gel programme. Pet Risk: HIGH –Roundworm are extremely common in aviaries. They reproduce rapidly and may infect all species and age of bird. Left untreated, roundworms are a regular cause of death in an aviary, particularly among native Australian birds. Your vet can check for Roundworm eggs in the droppings of your birds, however a regular prevention programme is the way to go.

Hey Steve, why was the glow worm unhappy? I don’t know, why?

Because her children weren’t that bright!

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Parasite Profile: Roundworm