Originally Posted by chiques chicks
I don't vaccinate. I also don't use medicated feed. Of course the medicated part is because my one breed is harmed by it, so I'm told.
I don't vaccinate or use medicated feed either. I have multiple species, and I don't want the chemicals. I also try not to give to many antibiotics. I will however treat for bugs! Sometimes the a red buttocks will get desitin (vent gleet).
I want everyone to be aware of something that happened to a friend of mine. She was giving her 12 week olds cantaloupe rinds. Within an hour 5 of the birds got acutely sick. It was botulism.
Make sure to wash or rinse your stuff before you give it to the birds! Just rinsing will remove 90% of the bad stuff!
Signs of botulism: stop eating/drinking, lethargy, acts drunk (LOL), laying down, looses muscle control (like a wet noodle).
Treatment: give an oral drench of 1/2 teaspoon epsom salts diluted in water. This will make them thursty. Fill the crop with as much water as you can. Once it goes down, keep filling it up. The bird will eventually be able to "come to" and then drink on its own. Hold all food, until the bird is up and moving around, and drinking on its own.