The following refers to the inhaled form of Aspergillosis.
Aspergillosis, a potentially fatal fungal infection, is difficult to diagnose.
It is found worldwide and in almost all domestic animals and birds as well as in many wild species. It is primarily a respiratory infection that may in birds become bronchopulmonary.

This is a problem/illness that is contracted by inhaling the fungal spores. These fungal spores grow in warm moist conditions on
  • dirty cages
  • dirty and fouled perches
  • nests
  • moist food such as egg & biscuit, soaked seed, fruit etc.
  • build up of droppings
  • seed which has ben damp or is still damp
When the fungus is inhaled it collects in your canary’s air sacs. In rare occasions the fungus will form internal abscesses.
Your canary is most at risk when suffering from other diseases.

A bird infected with Aspergillosis could show the following symptoms, hwever a bird can be carrying the fungus with no outward symptoms.
  • gasping
  • breathing with beak open
  • a clicking sound when breathing
  • listless & loss of apetite
  • weight loss
  • death
Torticollis and disturbances of equilibrium are seen when infection disseminates to the brain. Yellow nodules of varying size and consistency or plaque lesions are found in the respiratory passages, lungs, air sacs, or membranes of body cavities. Fur-like growth of fungus may be found on the thickened walls of air sacs.

Keep your cages clean. Use fresh Dry seed, purchased from a reputable dealer. Reduce Humidity, be especially careful if you are using Air Conditioning that can create moisture build up both externally and in your Air Conditioner

There is no cure for Aspergillosis unless treatment is started early and isolation is not necessary as it is NOT contageous.
Clean with an anti Fungal cleaner such as AviCare.
Add an anti fungal to the water supply such as Aviclens

Supplier : www.vetafarm.com.au
Available Sizes: 500mL RTU (Ready to Use), 100mL Concentrate, 500mL Concentrate, 5L Concentrate, 25L Concentrate

Ingredients: Halogenated Tertiary Amines

Guaranteed Analysis: Halogenated Tertiary Amines

Directions: Cages, perches and bird toys should be cleaned and disinfected daily. Hand rearing equipment, preparation areas must be disinfected after each feeding using 1:100 dilution of avi care. Wash, disinfect and rinse feeding equipment. Apply avi care liberally to preparation areas and allow to dry naturally. Brooders, incubators and nest boxes require a 1:50 dilution. Remove any waste matter and spray liberally with avi care - leave to dry naturally.


Supplier : www.vetafarm.com.au
Available Sizes: 30mL, 100mL, 250mL, 500mL, 1L, 5L

Ingredients: Chlorhexidine gluconate
Guaranteed Analysis: Chlorhexidine gluconate 10mg/mL

Directions: Mix 5 mL per 10 litres of drinking water.
Avilclens, when used regularly, greatly reduces the time required to scrub water dishes. Aviclens should also be used when soaking or sprouting seed. Soaking seed greatly increases the bacterial, yeast and fungal content of the seed, this is potentially harmful. Bacterial diseases such as E.coli are commonly transferred by soaked/sprouted seeds. Aviclens prevents the multiplication of bacteria and yeast in the water supply. Clean safe water is critical to the long term health of the bird.
By reducing the water borne organisms that attack the immune system, Aviclens takes up the fight against the "Grunge Syndrome". Improving the water quality of animals is a well recognised method of improving production (eggs or young) and reducing the death rate.

Notes: Keeps Drinking water sparkling clean. Reduces the contamination of water by algae, fungi and yeasts in water containers. with Aviclens the water stays clean and fresh. Aviclens slows the fermentation process during seed soaking hence reducing the bacterial contamination of the seed, making it safer for breeding birds and nestlings.

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Author: Tim Myles - Published 09/23/05