We firmly believe that there is a lot to be said for prevention rather than cure. Therefore, our medication regime is designed around this key principle  

Quarantine Cage 

We use a small quarantine cage to hold out crosses from other aviaries for quarantine purposes and to help the birds settle into their new surroundings  .

Hospital Cage 

This is another small Cage used to treat sick and injured birds, Those going through a heavy moult, or those who just look like they need a little bit of attention. 

Such birds are removed from the main flights at the first sign of showing signs of stress or illness in order to avoid the spread of any possible illness to others. Though more often than not its just a case of stress caused by a heavy moult.

This cage features a heat lamp in the top of the cage providing an increased temperature within isolation for the birds that require it.

The first line of defence

The stud is dosed with Virbamec twice per year. We use the  rubber end of the ring stem supplied with the annual Budgerigar Society closed rings. This is dipped into the fluid and then blotted on the back of the neck of each bird onto the skin. It is a very effective parasiticide.

 At the recommended dosage rate Virbamec Pour-On effectively controls gastro-intestinal roundworms, lungworms, eyeworms (adults), warbles (parasitic stages), mites, lice and horn fly.


Finding the right wormer can be difficult. Until recently, we used Moxidectin. However, this product is now almost impossible to source. We are now trialling Cydectin (Injectable 1% for sheep). This is diluted at 1ml per litre in the drinking water. The birds dislike the taste and therefore, we add lemon and barley water.

The prevention of Trichomas Gallinae 

Ronivet-S is used in the drinking water. The dilution rate is 1g per litre. This is periodically administered across the whole stud as a means of prevention. Treatment includes the birds within the breeding pairs as it is proven not to impact fertility/harm young birds.

Information on Trichomas Gallinae can be found via wikipedia: