Companion Parrot Worming

by Lee
(Sydney, Australia)

Hi I live in Australia and have recently purchased a hand reared Eclectus parrot. He is now 3 months old. I have read and heard conflicting information from various sources regarding worming. If the bird is indoors and goes outside very occasionally and is supervised what is the likelihood of the bird contracting worms and should he be treated via a de-wormer in his drinking water as per the pet shops instructions?

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Sep 08, 2012
by: Lee

Thanks for the comments. I have booked him in at the Vets for a check over just for peace of mind more than anything else. I have read elsewhere about the hot chillies. I give him one of these once a week anyway. He's mad for these and scoffs the lot.

Aug 29, 2012
Never put treatments in bird's water
by: The Avian Vet

You should absolutely never put any treatments in a bird’s water. Water is an inappropriate and ineffective method of administration. I do not recommend prophylactic treatments. If you think your bird has medical problems, you nee to take him to see an avian veterinarian.

It is very unlikely that your bird has worms; indoor birds are generally not exposed. But since this is a young bird that could have contracted parasites from the parents, you should have him examined and tested, especially if he is showing clinical symptoms.

I recommend that your bird goes outside only in a cage to protect from exposure to predators (feral cats, hawks, etc) and to prevent contracting diseases such as virus, bacteria, worms, and sarcocystis.

You need to get your information from an avian veterinarian instead of a pet shop.

Dr B

Aug 27, 2012
by: Anonymous

Here in Australia it is very conflicting about worming. Some avian say worm every 3 months, while others say there is no need to unless your birds are exposed to other wild birds.

I am a long time successful breeder of Eclectus Parrots and I have never had to worm my birds. They are in aviaries & it is recommended Australian aviary birds do get wormed every now & then, but here's the thing. If you give your eclectus parrot a fresh chilli once a week this will keep any worms away. I have been doing this for all my aviary birds for the past 20 years and very successful. None have ever had worms. My avian vet is the one who got me onto doing this. Chilli doesn't cure worms, it prevents it. Your eclectus is 3 months old. Some like to do a once off worm at this age, then none unless needed or give a chilli a week as a prevention for the rest of the birds life.

Speak your avian vet AND get another avian vets opinion as well. If your avian insists on worming let them do it, then as a future preventative just give your eclectus chilli regularly. Nope, the chilli won't burn :)) I found the hotter the chilli, the more my eclectus enjoys it. Just don't kiss your bird after LOL

I also sugest googling Eclectus Parrots and Eclectus Parrots dieting. There is a lot of information on the web for these birds now. Find everything you can read on them and read...There will be conflicting info out there but it's fairly easy to tell the good from the crap once you start reading.

Please don't worm as per pet shop instruction. Phone your vet and enquire there.

There have also been conflicting reports of over use of worming (worming every 3 months just as a safe guard) has been known to cause some issue. So speak to your avian vet and don't buy over the counter stuff. Certainly don't take the advice of a pet shop. A lot of them in Australia are fairly good however their information is very limited and 'generic'. They seem to give the same old info out for ever....and for all species of parrot.

Aug 27, 2012
Companion Parrot Worming
by: Linda

If your bird is not allowed down on the ground outside, he will not get worms at all. If you are allowing him on the ground then you must stop doing this because there are more problems that come from running around on the ground outside than worms namely diseases of all kinds.

Please do not ever use any over the counter meds for your bird because you risk killing him. Never use ANYTHING a pet shop tells you to use because they are NOT Avian Vets and will steer you in the wrong dangerous direction everytime.

If you think your bird has worms or some other parasite, he has to be examined and diagnosed by an Avian Vet ONLY. They are the only vets licensed and trained in the care of birds and other exotic animals.

So, always take your bird to an Avian Vet anytime you feel he is sick or might have either inside or outside parasites. Only an avian vet can accurately diagnose and safely treat your bird. Leave all over the counter remedies and meds alone because until you know what is wrong, it cannot be treated. The risk you take by ignoring these recommendations is your bird's life, so take this to heart and do right by him for all his life which can be long or short depending on how you care for him. He is a gift that has to be carefully taken care of.


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