Thursday, January 1, 2015

Great Britain Border Breeders Visit Dr. Peter Coutteel Belgium Part 3 Breeding, Resting and Moulting Plan

BREEDING CANARIES in 2015                      Dr. Peter Coulteel Veterinarian

Veterinary check up 6-8 weeks before the breeding season (pairing birds)
Present a couple of males and females in a cage with only paper at the bottom to collect and visualize the feces.
·      Complete physical exam
·      Microscopical examination of feces
·      Crop swab with direct interpretation
·      Evaluation of problems in the previous breeding season
Only if diseases are diagnosed a specific treatment is done.
However, often a preventative treatment for coccidiosis or atoxoplasmosis is advised. This can be done with Baycox or Sulfonamides.

Supplements in the drinking water to obtain a perfect breeding condition
·      VIGO-CARNITINE Friday
For condition, muscle strengthening and against fat accumulation
·      HEPATO-CHOL​ Saturday
Helps liver function, detoxification, contains amino acids and herbs
Excellent for a good fertilization and the lack of natural sunlight
·      MYCOSOL​ can be given during weekdays to strengthen the immune system

Possible extras for the eggfood
·      VIT-AZ-MIN     source of minerals, trace elements, calcium and spirulina
·      AMINO-FORT​ source of essential amino acids, important for heavily feathered varieties of birds (type canaries) - replace the need of other proteins
·      MULTIVITAMINE​ + HEALTH OIL helps to increase the natural resistance, gives energy and contains all necessary vitamins in case of handmade softfood

Light and disinfection in the breeding room
·      Fluorescent tubes with an UV spectrum (Philips TLD 965, True-Light lamp, Arcadia bird lamp)
·      Replace the tubes annually and integrate a High Frequency ballast
·      Start with 12 h and lengthen daylight length every week with 30 minutes

·      Start breeding when 14 – 15 hours a day and follow afterwards the natural daylight lengthening

Before introducing birds to their breeding cages, clean and disinfect the whole place with appropriate disinfectant. Use for instance F-10 (not toxic for birds, not corrosive, biodegradable and kills also viruses).

Afterwards spray the whole environment, including all nest bowls and perches for external parasites such as bloodsucking mites. Possible products: Byemite, Elector, Ardap, Insecticide-powder.

Preparation of the birds
·      Check beak length
·      Cut long nails
·      Use an ointment on the legs for scales, especially with older birds
·      Trimming eventually the long feathered bird around eyes and cloacae with scissors

Breeding period
In case of colibacillosis:
(Sweating disease, dirty and smelling nests, mortality of chicks at age of 4-5 days)
Treat with ​FLAGELLAMIX Pro only in the first week, start day before hatching.

For a general health control regarding black spot, atoxoplasmosis, megabacteriosis:
​Use GROG powder to be mixed in the egg food during the whole breeding period, right from the moment of the first youngsters.

Color canaries: only administer coloration during weekdays.
Saturday & Sunday   HEPATO-CHOL, helps liver function and detoxification
Especially type canaries and heavily feathered birds, add to the eggfood every day:
·      AMINO-FORT ​as a source of essential amino acids to stimulate growth of youngsters (feathers & muscles)
·      VIT-AZ-MIN     as a general source of minerals, trace elements and calcium

Resting and moulting period
Weaned youngsters and all adult birds after breeding get a treatment for coccidiosis.
There is an extended treatment for those flocks that are dealing with atoxoplasmosis (combination of Baycox and sulfonamides).

If necessary a treatment with an antifungal (Amphoterricine-B) can be done to help digestion and get rid of the “megabacteria”. 

A Special ThanK You to Dr. Peter Coutteel and to Stuart Mason for providing the shared information!

For More Trigenio Product Information see: 

Grog powder and other products available by mail directly from Dr. Peter Coutteel's vet nurse


Linda Hogan said...

Dr. Peter Coutteel products are available at some pigeon supply companies.

Anonymous said...

Would like to hear your breakdown of this report Linda!

Linda Hogan said...

The number one problem for our birds is supplying for their nutritional needs. Unfortunately,feeding just a plain seed diet results in numerous nutritional deficiencies.

I enjoyed the information shared by Dr. Coutteel and hope that bloggers will consider how they address their birds needs.

I have not used any of his products. Some parts of the world have more infectious challenges than others, luckily in my area diseases are rare.

Evan as an associate member of the Avian Veterinarian Association, I find most literature and research concerns wild birds. So I am happy to read articles concerning our birds.