POI­SON PILLS

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Heaven pro­tect any birds suf­fer­ing from di­ar­rhoea. Not con­tent with the fact that they were al­ready suf­fer­ing from loose bow­els, the ac­cepted treat­ment was to make the mat­ter worse by dos­ing them up with cas­tor oil and then ad­min­is­ter­ing pills con­tain­ing opium, chalk and cayenne pep­per. Di­ar­rhoea is, of course, gen­er­ally a sign of other prob­lems rather than be­ing one in it­self and the bird’s over­all de­meanour and ap­pear­ance should be watched care­fully for symp­toms that might in­di­cate a spe­cific dis­ease.

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