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Triple C

Triple C is a product made by Vetafarm Pty Ltd. 

Triple C is named from its active ingredient: Chlortetracycline Hydrochloride.

It is a broad-spectrum antibiotic powder for use in ornamental birds for bacterial infections including E.coli (Enteritis), Mycoplasma (Chronic Respiratory Disease) and Chlamydia (Psittacosis).  Not to be used for birds intended for human consumption.  Triple C in not effective against viruses although there may be cases where it can be helpful against bacterial secondary infections following a virus disease.

Some breeders have found it to be a very fast and effective product for treating respiratory disease.

 It is added to the drinking water or the food of birds, at the recommended rate.  The drinking containers should be clean before using this product.

Do not put the powder in first and then add the water; doing this can make it much harder to mix with the water.  If putting Triple C into the drinking water, all other sources of water need to be removed.

Triple C Antibiotic is an ideal “first line” antibiotic where a definite diagnosis is not available. If the birds fail to respond to the treatment within 3 days veterinary advice should be obtained.  Although a fast response should be expected if the disease is one susceptible to this antibiotic, treatment should be continued for 5-7 days.

It can be used as a preventative for Psittacosis.  In this case the treatment needs to be continued for 45 days.

Notes: Triple C Antibiotic Powder will be affected by the presence of calcium in the diet.

During treatment remove all  Calcium supplements including shell grit and cuttlefish bone.

At the completion of the treatment the birds should have their gut flora re- established using a probiotic

This product come in 3 sizes: 25g, 100g and 500g.


Parrots – 5.0 g/L in clean water.

Finch and Pigeon – 2.5 g/L in clean water.

All ornamental Birds – 5.0 g/Kg in dry food.

All ornamental Birds – 10 g/Kg in hand rearing food.

Ingredients: Chlortetracycline Hydrochloride 100mg/g.

Note that much of the above information comes from Vetafarm.  Some of it is based on feedback from our customers who have used triple C.