A number of the bigger budgie breeders here in the US use vetafarm's Soluvite D Breeder. It was developed in Australia by vetafarm ,the company that makes Amphoteracin B which is very effective but also expensive. It combats fungal infections in budgies. Lady Gouldian Finch is US vendor for vetafarm products, Like. Soluvite D is a good less expensive form of Solute D Breeder. A number of breeders join together to reduce cost and purchase in bulk.Cost is a big issue in a breeders approach to life.
Just a few days ago, I was able to help a large breeder caught in the hurricane that hit the Florida panhandle to obtain Ampho B and Sodium Benzoate to combat AGY in his flock of close to 200 birds. He produces healthy birds and is often on the Top bench at shows.
The following comments are based on my experience as an experienced breeder of Budgies. There is an elephant in the closet that has breeder and vets at odds with each other here in the US. I believe both sides have an important role in the wellbeing of the birds, exotics, farm animals, and our dogs and cats that are such important parts of our lives. When we get sick we go to a Doctor or a vet for the solutions to make us well again. Because of the money factor medical care is often delayed or totally missing. Many birds and animals die for lack of vet care. I have been there and had to make decisions too many times. For me Quality of life is a deciding factor. When we consider bringing a new member into our home, we are called to understand that we are bound to care for this new member until it dies. This includes making vet bills a priority.
We have negotiated an agreement with our vet that allows us to split expensive bills into monthly units. This is built upon mutual trust built over years. Vets will often give families with multiple animals a discount. Also As we have an aviary discount. It makes good business sense to reward customers who bring a greater number of patients and owners have the security of knowing there is a place we can go to help our animal companions in an emergency. This is Why I repeatedly ask if you have funds, and a first aid kit and the biggie
o you have a regular relationship with a vet. No, the Staff of TB can not substitute for a vets knowledge and commitment to animal health.
Here in arises the great divide. Breeders cannot afford to pay vet fees and vets need to charge fees to make a decent living. The cost of education and building a profitable and fulfilling small business. Many breeders have a wide range of education and experience, but we are still not vets. Yes we can do many simple health care procedures, but there are always issues where we need medical support and advise. My breeder friends think I am a little nuts for taking my birds to a vet, but when things get tough I get calls for help with emergency issues. I am glad to do this but I wish more people had taken the plunge to build a give and take with a vet. For example when I first went to this vet I had to break through the front desk WALL between me and our vet. And the staff would not hear me when I suggested that a balanced diet including seeds was better than only pellets. Now not only Harrisons but Zupreem and Roudybush and nutriberries are for sale from my vet. They see what is in my birds food cups and my birds are healthy. I go the extra mile to do mini vet exams several times a year and take birds that have problems I can not handle to see our vet. It took 4 visits for me to get the vet to see and ID a paracite on some of my birds imported from Florida. It turned out to be bird lice which look like tiny wiggling black threads and show especially in the yellow and white birds. He finally found the little critters but I spent many visits feeling rejected because the vet could not see this product of my imagination. We must be strong enough to insist in a situation like this.
In my life relationship is a very big word that defines my daily life. When we build trust one day at a time and own our errors and seek forgiveness as we attempt to fix them we are putting money in our social banks.Human beings have a skill far more valuable than money. It is our finite skills we learn everyday by successfully overcoming challenges we become stronger and of greater value. This is called Human Equity or Sweat Equity. It is a very valuable commodity and better than the stock market in my life. So as I move through life I tickle our vet and then turn around and tickle breeders I know to learn to use a scale, to ID sick birds. Few do this because the old way takes time which cuts into profit. I see a big skill That members of TB can share are ways we can repay loss with solid knowledge. So I want to thank you each and everyone who stops to read all of those reams of info in our Sticky and Archive files. And if you think/ feel something is incorrect bring it to staff attention. So this is my soapbox for the day!!! Blessings and Enjoy your Day, Jo Ann