"I have been using Lamisil to treat Gyr and Gyr hybrids Asper for 5-6 years very succesfully if caught early and am delighted to hear recently that doctors Kenton Riddle and Shaw in Qatar are now using Lamisil as the drug of first choice instead of Sporonox and other antifungals. Lamisil (Terbinafine HCL) is manufactured by Novartis. It appears to completely cure them with no side affects. Lamisil is an antifungal with great spectrum of activity against many Aspergillosis strains.
I give about one quarter human adult dose (1/4 of 250mg tablet once daily). I cannot be absolutely sure that I've been treating Aspergillosis as I've always started treatment as soon as the falcon begins to sound like 'Ethel Merman'."
Falcon Boy Apprentice Falconry Administrator
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My first Red Tail, Bud, was a medium -sized bird and died of this disease.
I remember that when I got him home, he wouldnt sit on his bow perch, so I had to lay him on the floor.
He got sick off and on, had trouble breathing. and a week or so before he died, he couldnt even fly up to my fist. He was that weak.
and finally passed away right before christmas.
I was up right next to him for two whole days before he died, giving him a small amount of flat soda to boost his energy every couple of hours, and offering him bits of food as well, coated in a crushed vitamin powder. He seemed to have seizures before he died. The weird thing is, I went to the vet with him the morning he died, and the vet gave him a quick checkover, some dewormer, and said he was low on calcium. She also said that I wasnt feeding him enough, saying that a bird should have over 10 mice a day.
I fed him beef heart, and some phesant, I didnt feed him mice.
I remember feeling so upset, like I had killed Bud myself. But I was reassured that he most likely got this from the wild, and it was a way of letting mother nature let only the strong survive.
It was very hard to face this, as he was my first bird..and with my second one lost, I feel pretty pathetic. But I hope my next red tail goes better.
Just thought I'd share the experience with you, so you can compare signs and actions of your own birds and such. Didnt want to let my experiences go to waste.
"Falconry is not a hobby or an amusement; it is a rage. You eat and drink it, sleep it and think it. You tremble to write of it, even in recollection. It is as King James the First remarked, an extreme stirrer up of passions." --- T.H. White