Vent Gleet and more
First medication does not help Vent Gleet. Antibiotics
Second, fixing the underlying problem:
Now, anytime you have any gut problems, the health of
the beneficial bacteria that should naturally occur in
the gut should be considered.
It's usually when the populations of those good
bacterial decrease that we see an INcreased in bad
bacteria, thus gut illness. The good
bacteria literally crowd out bad bacteria, and some
even secrete substances
that ward off over abundances of bad bacteria.
So during illness, and really any time there is
stress, you'll want to increase the number of good
bacteria in your bird's gut. You can do
this quite easily through the use of probiotics
available over the counter, and some even at the
grocery store. In this case, with a
probability of E. coli, you'll want to find a
"probiotic" that contains live cultures of
Lactobacilus (most commonly lactobacilus
acidophilus) as well as B. bifidum. Bifidum is one of
those bacteria that secretes stuff to ward off bad
bacteria, in this case it specifically wards off E.
You're probably thinking "right, where am I going to
get this, and how much will it cost?". Luckily, those
two live bacteria are usually found in Walmart yogurt.
Just make sure it's NOT artificially sweetened.
(Birds don't do aspartame well.) You'll want to
encourage your bird to somehow take 1 teaspoon per day
any time during medication.
Third, nutrition during illness:
You can mix it up with boiled/mashed egg yolk for a
combination of good high protein for healing, super
nutrition from the egg, and the good bacteria from the
yogurt. Plus, this treat is soft and easily dissolved.
When birds are sick, their crops/gizzards slow down,
so it's really easy for their crops to back up and get
If you don't think your bird will eat yogurt (some
dont, some love it),
then you can hedge your bets and pick up a non-dairy
human probiotic from the human health food store.
You'll find them in the remedies for
yeast infections. Liquids are easiest to use, though
you can crush tablets if you absolutely have to do. Be
sure to read the label to see
that it says that it contains both acidophilus (aka
lactobacilus) as well as bifidum. Yeast infection(VENT
GLEET) remedies do because good ol' bifidum secretes
something that acts against yeast infections (VENT
too! This can be a blessing for a poultry owner,
because bacterial imbalances in poultry
also cause "thrush" or "gleet", which is essentially a
yeast infection of the digestive tract. Your birds are
susceptable to this whenever they're ill and/or
medicated, and your bird might have this as well. The
symptoms are almost exactly the same with very few
additions. Treating for one will essentially treat for
the other if you do it right.
If the bird will drink, you can start off by using the
liquid probiotic for humans in their water. Just don't
mix it with medicated water. If you medicate the
water, try mixing the probiotics with
a tiny bit of water or applesauce and mixing that with
crumbles to just an oatmeal type consistancy. Most
birds will eat this. You can even leave out the
crumbles and just do applesauce, or mix egg yolk in
the applesauce. Be creative. It's important to try to
get the bird to get nutrition.
Fourth, vitamin E.
Vitamin E acts specifically against overdoses of E.
coli. I'd use the oil capsules. ONE 400 MG PEOPLE vIT
e DAILY TILL HELAED.
You can put it in a small bit of food if you
KNOW that bit of food will be eaten entirely.
Fifth, supportive care:
Your bird will need to stay warm, be separated from
the others so that it won't be bullied away from
eating, and also so that you can monitor its droppings
for color and consistency. If it gets stressed out,
Nathalie Ross, Houston, TX
Edited by Glenda L Heywood - 4/17/09 at 1:44pm