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Candidiasis in birds is caused by the yeast Candida albicans.
It may also be called thrush, crop mycosis, or moniliasis.
Candidiasis is most commonly found in poultry, psittacines,
passerines, ratites, raptors, pigeons, and water fowl. The
young of the species are most susceptible, as well as older
birds that have been on long term antibiotics.
Birds affected with beak lesions as a result of beak and feather
virus often develop secondary candidiasis.
Any bird with a weakened immune system may be affected.
Candida albicans most often affects the crop, as well as
the upper digestive tract. Candidiasis has also been found
to affect the skin, respiratory tract, central nervous system
and all other organs.
Severity of the infection depends on the age of the bird and
the state of its immune system.
Symptoms of Candidiasis Include:
Delayed crop emptying
Swollen, mucus-filled crop
White plaques in the mouth
Treatment of Candidiasis
Check with an avian vet for the recommended antifungal
Lower stress levels for the bird as much as possible
Top quality nutrition
Pure, fresh drinking water (Use steam distilled water only)
Pure, unpolluted air
No sugar in the diet, go easy on fruits
Provide nutritional immune system support
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