Worms in Birds
Worms are internal parasites that live in various organs of the body such as the stomach or intestines.
These worms feed off a living host (which can be in humans, birds, or animals).
Worms or internal parasites suck the blood of a pet bird and get nutrients to reproduce.
Different types of worms can attack your parrot’s body. Few are Capillaria, Roundworm, Tapeworm, and Gizzard worm.
Capillaria is a type of worm that can affect a pet bird, It is also known as a hairworm. Hairworms are thin and can go to delve very deep into the intestine and esophagus.
Parrots pick this worm by eating the dropping of other infected birds. Sometimes this type of worms can be difficult to treat.
- Not eating
- Weight loss
Roundworms also have more different species such as A.galli, A.columbae, etc. These are all can affect our birds. In the early stages, roundworms are difficult to catch.
Breeding birds may stop breeding. Younger parrots have less immune than adult parrots so they can be greatly affected by this type of worms.
The infection starts when birds ingest those eggs that contain larvae.
- Weight loss
Tapeworms are a common type of worms that affect parrots and other pets. This type of worms also has more different species.
Different tapeworms infect the different types of birds.
These worms are flat and their eggs are large enough to be seen with the naked eye. These worms grow in a misty environment so, you need to clean the bird’s environment clean and dry.
Always try to control insects and worms in your aviary as these are hosts that start the tapeworms cycle.
- Sudden death in a bird
- Weight loss
- Droppings containing mucous
Keep in mind that these are just a few of the many different types of worms that can attack your birds. Therefore,
Deworming will help you to prevent birds from becoming ill from these species as well as other species of worms.
Symptoms of worms
These symptoms are not specific to worms. Because most of them occur also when the birds are very sick of any disease.
- Weight loss
- Poor feather condition
- Bird will eat more than usual
- Sharp protruding keel (chest) bone
- Diarrhea and stained (wet) vent
- Birds hooked by worms sleep excessively
- Excessive crying in young parrots
If you are suspect that your bird may be carrying worms. Then must go to the veterinarian for diagnostic tests. Serious, intestinal, or respiratory stoppages can cause death.
We recommend deworming pet birds every month with any home remedy.
The process of eliminating the worms by the use of dewormer is known as deworming or drenching.
Deworming should be done every 4 to 6 months. It keeps birds healthy and active. It must be done before or at the end of the breeding season.
Natural Dewormer for birds
Apple cider vinegar is the most widely used home remedy because of its potent antiseptic and insecticide effects. It is the best remedy to deworm the pet birds naturally at home.
Pumpkin seeds are the most effective parrot’s food for internal parasites. Pumpkin seeds help to prevent and eliminate worms in the gastrointestinal tract.
Before feeding, budgies birds, you should need to remove the shell. Crush them and mix in the bird’s food so, they can eat and digest easily.
Garlic juice is also a good and natural way of deworm birds at home. It doesn’t kill the worms directly in birds, but it boosts the immune system to fight against the infection of worms.
Use only one at a time for natural deworming.
Causes of Worms in Birds
The main cause is that birds may eat dropping of an infected bird. Contaminated water, dirty food, poor cleanliness, and a bad environment can also be the cause of worms.
In the rainy season, worms could be born in cages or aviaries due to a lack of cleanliness.
Always avoid changing the cage, and perches of a healthy parrot with an infected bird before disinfectant.
The medication depends on the bird is infected with what type of worms. The common medicines used to kill worms are Ivermectin, Moxidectin, and Albendazole.
I will suggest using “Wormout Gel by vita farm”. You can use any commercial medication for your bird by consulting your veterinarian.
I have been using this medicine for the last three years that is why I am suggesting it to you.
Before using this medication, you should need to read all instructions in their article. Click here (worms medication by vita-farm)