The name Mega bacteria or Avian Gastric Yeast (AGY) is a dreaded name to parakeets, canaries, parrots and other birds. Often also both other names „black dot“ or „going light syndrome“ are mentioned for the sickening of the birds. Specialists worldwide speak of Macrorhabdus ornithogaster
Sources of infection are of course as almost ever droppings and contaminated drinking water. Acquisitions and bird shows are also big sources of infection. The name Mega bacteria indicates that antibiotics should be used as therapy!
Stop, totally wrong!
The pathogen is actually completely insensitive to antibiotics!
Effective is only a therapy with an anti-fungus treatment, that contains Amphotericin-B. This must be administered for a longer period of about 20 days. Fact is also, that parakeets, canaries and parrots just like racing- and show pigeons, always have problems with trichomonas and coli bacteria. Especially in problematic stocks the mega bacteria weaken the immune-systems of the animals, so that they are also much more vulnerable for trichomonas and coli bacteria.
Recommended treatment against mega bacteria
- Water: 1 ml into 1 liter of drinking water
- Oral Dosing: 0.01 ml per 100 grams of body weight