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Brunnel Bird Disease Microscope


Essential in keeping a healthy bird stock
Bird Disease Microscopy
Identifying parasites and diseases accurately with microscopes and at an early stage is essential in keeping a healthy bird stock. This is particularly true of racing pigeons. Parasite infestations can lose races!

Coccidiosis, Worm and Canker
The only way you can be sure if your birds have coccidiosis or worm is to actually identify the parasite eggs with a microscope. It is not really the answer to treat them "just in case", particularly with wormers. The effect on the bird can almost be as bad as the disease itself. Treat what they have - not - what they might have!

Complete Parasite Identification Kit
Our kit contains everything that is needed to identify worm, coccidiosis and canker without the need for any previous experience. Save money and time - be confident about what you are treating without guessing.
The instructions assume you have never used a microscope before and you can telephone during office hours for practical advice.

This is what you get
The Brunel SP15 microscope with quality glass optics, mains illumination and the ability to magnify between x40 and x800. Basically you plug it in and look down it! In addition the microscope has many features usually found on professional laboratory instruments such as mechanical stage, substage condenser with iris diaphragm and safety stop. For those without previous experience of microscopes - all this means that it is easy to use and you get a really good image. Let’s be honest - there are cheaper plastic toy microscopes out there being offered for the same purpose, but you won’t see clearly enough to decide what it is your looking at. The pictures opposite were taken with a SP15, and it is worth mentioning here that it is possible to attach either a digital camera or a video camera to this microscope - ask us for details.

The flotation kit with everything that is needed to identify the presence of worm, coccidiosis or canker in your birds, and most importantly a step by step instruction booklet that assumes you have not done this sort of thing before.

What you have to do
In simple terms this is what you do with the kit, and remember everything you need is included.

1. Select droppings from the bird or birds.
2. Mash the droppings in some of the flotation fluid and sieve with the strainer.
3. Fill four test tubes with the fluid and leave for at least 1 hour.
4. Take a tiny amount of the very top of the fluid in the test tubes with a pipette and place this on a slide and
place one of the coverslips on top.
5. Examine with the microscope at x100 and x400.

During this what is actually happening is that our special flotation fluid ensures that any coccidiosis or worm eggs present will float to the top of the fluid in the test tubes and the rest of the droppings will sink to the bottom out of the way.
Included with the kit are swabs for identifying crop canker. These are simply very gently introduced into the crop and the material obtained transferred to a microscope slide. The instruction booklet tells you how.