Macrorhabdus in Budgerigars//Avian Gastric Yeast - Talk Budgies Forums

User Menu
Forum Home
Budgie Gallery
Budgie FAQ
Site Guidelines
Members List
Today's Posts
Log In
Register now!

Advanced Search
Popular Forums

Budgie Articles

Budgie Talk

Budgie Pictures

Budgie Videos

Budgie Behavior

Determining Gender

Your Budgie's Health

Taming and Bonding

Budgie Breeding

In Memory

Other Birds


Chit Chat

Site Information

Talk Network
Talk Budgies
Talk Cockatiels
Talk Parrotlets
Talk Parrots
Sponsored Ads

Go Back   Talk Budgies Forums > Budgie Talk > Articles > Articles: Budgie Disease and Illness

Short URL LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 01-10-2014, 11:31 AM
FaeryBee's Avatar
FaeryBee (Deborah)

Profile:FaeryBee is offline
Number of Budgies: 6
Budgie Experience Level: Budgie Enthusiast
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Florida
Posts: 54,244
Gallery: 0
Points: 2638
Rep Power: 36
FaeryBee has a reputation beyond reputeFaeryBee has a reputation beyond reputeFaeryBee has a reputation beyond reputeFaeryBee has a reputation beyond reputeFaeryBee has a reputation beyond reputeFaeryBee has a reputation beyond reputeFaeryBee has a reputation beyond reputeFaeryBee has a reputation beyond reputeFaeryBee has a reputation beyond reputeFaeryBee has a reputation beyond reputeFaeryBee has a reputation beyond repute
Default Macrorhabdus in Budgerigars//Avian Gastric Yeast

Macrorhabdus in Budgerigars

by Sharman Hoppes, DVM, ABVP-Avian
Pacific Veterinary Conference Speaker

Originally Posted by Jo Ann View Post
Recently, last several years, Sodium Benzoate a preservative used in Soda, Is successfully being used in the treatment of megabac/ AGY in conjunction with Amphoteracin B, and antibiotics to catch secondary bacteria adding to the illness.
We have been using Sodium Benzoate for 3+- years with good results. We find that a budgie showing symptoms needs the Amphoteracin B to knock down often in conjunction with antibiotic like Baytril. Under stress this may appear again.

We now use Sodium Benzoate for the entire flock several times a year for up to a month with a hiatus between usage for breeding birds or in the case of excessive weather favoring fungus/ mildew etc. The problem that the fecal may not show can be confirmed by necropsy. In our bird the megabac had invaded most of the organ systems to such an extent that the bird would never be able to recover from the damage. Clean house keeping is a major help and careful watching on a birds weight variation by actual weight on a gram scale or by checking the ratio of chest muscle to keel bone. Feeding weight gain formula may help recovery when the gut is cleared enough to to allow the nutrition to be absorbed successfully. We like the theory that a flock may develop at least partial immunity with all possible precautions in effect. We never allow a bird on the floor of a flight for any length of time without a weight and observation stay in an isolation cage. We feed above the floor so birds on floor are eating scattered seed from feeders. We started working with our vet as a trial on a flock large enough to show some pattern. At this point , public recognition early in the process that a bird is ill, is in my opinion saving lives before the internal organs are destroyed. Adding an antibiotic to catch piggy back bacterial infection or perhaps the reverse bacteria opening the way for megabac. For us weight gain shows positive progress in individual birds, but there is still a lot of excess energy expended on intervention. We also use ACV with mother in drinking water. and Avitech acidic cleaner to break up and clean with F 10 To disinfect as it can dry and not be washed away. So for us Cleaning, nutrition, symptoms, long term persistence and finally intervention as needed is helping a lot but there seems a lot more to discover. The good thing about Sodium Benzoate is that it is cheap and is available without an RX on the internet from Amazon etc. Human grade quantity available for less than 20 dollars a pound.

Additional Resources and Information:

Avian Gastric Yeast - Illness and Treatment

Megabacteriosis in Budgies - Literature Review

Gastric Yeast Infection in Birds | petMD

Avian Gastric Yeast (AGY) - - a VIN company!


Last edited by FaeryBee; 01-18-2016 at 08:22 PM.
Sponsored Links


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:25 PM.

Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright © 2000- 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright © 2006 - , 2403 Networks LLC. All rights reserved.