bred under benglaeses are subjected to diseases at an early age.
Diseases for which they have no known immunity
unlike the bengalese
parents rearing them.
This is not a myth but reality of foster
do not at this point in aviculture have the immunities that
bengalese have to diseases like
Campylobacter and Cochlosoma which they can
carry without showing signs of infection.
-Gouldians wean their
chicks much later
Lady Gouldian chicks reared under bengalese
are weaned earlier then
and as a result have not acquired the reserves that
gouldian raised chicks do naturally, thus leaving them
diseases that attack birds under stress or with weak immune
Why gouldians have been labelled "soft".
This leads to chicks needing to be dosed
with high antibiotics to keep
the chicks alive
until they are sold.
After they are sold dosing is up to the
this all means is that
gouldian chicks raised under bengalese have a much harder time once
and can be prone to illness and infections for which they have
no known immunity.
For which the buyer must frequently pay
This leaves the birds weaker and smaller
on average then parent raised
chicks, and leaves the potential buyer with a lifetime
commitment to furnishing these
"soft" birds with antibiotics to keep
them alive some years. It means in fact that
"carrier" gouldian finches; as once infected cure is unlikely and the
raised goulds then become carriers are potential hazards to
flock/bird room they enter.
Is this a commitment you are ready
to make to save a few $$$?
Is this a practice
of gouldian finch aviculture you want for the next
generation to endure?
authority on gouldians says and I quote: "However
using Society (Bengalese
Finches) as foster parents
without problems, all
Society Finches can become "carriers" of
that will not
affect them or
their own offspring but could prove lethal to species of
that have evolved in dry, arid conditions. These "wet"
are Campylobacter and Cochlosoma.
Once a Society Finch has become
infected with either of these diseases,
they cannot be cured".