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Re(1): sick finches


First thing would be to take down any bird feeders for a while. Sick birds may visit the feeders looking for an easy meal, but can spread their illness to healthy birds. Also empty any bird baths. In case the disease is the result of salmonella, make sure you wash up well afterwards, since humans can be infected too.

There is currently an outbreak of trichomoniasis in the Maritimes that is mainly affecting finches, but can also be an issue for other birds. It may be showing up here too. Hope not.

Here are some links about the problem:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/bird-infection-atlantic-canada-1.4199049

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/bird-infection-finch-trichomoniasis-1.4204821

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/dead-birds-sick-trichomoniasis-pei-disease-canadian-wildlife-health-cooperative-1.4191228

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2839828





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