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Avian Candidiasis

also called Thrush


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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

See Also:

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