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Old 03-20-2013, 05:58 AM
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Scaly face mites!

My budgie I have had since Xmas so i think it's the pet shops fault I just spent all my pocket money ( I use it as emergency vet money for him ) is there anything I can do to soothe it (he loves me scratching his neck even more so now)
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Re: Scaly face mites!

While mites are live parasites, vitamin A deficiency is thought to make birds more susceptible.



Ivermectin or moxydectin are direct application treatments, however, be very careful to follow manufacturer's directions.

The following information was posted a couple of years ago on a budgie forum:

“Take some petroleum jelly and mix it with two drops of liquid betadine 10% (the betadine is to help with any inflammation). With your fingers, gently put on just enough to cover the legs, feet and beak. Do this once a day, just before the night when they are calm and stationary. Don’t clear it off the next day. It will dry on its own. Do this for at least 6-7 days, and repeat if necessary. It may take two weeks for this treatment to work.

Put every perch and food pot in hot water with chlorine (bleach) and leave them in there for about 30 minutes. Then wash them well with clean water and leave to dry.


For regular maintenance, some breeders place a drop of medicated olive oil (one part Dettol to three parts olive oil) or baby oil on their finger tips, wiping it on the feet and cere (not in the nostrils) while checking the birds from time to time."


If your bird(s) do in fact have mites, all cages and perches must be completely cleaned and bleached before the birds are allowed back in, so an extra cage that is not infected will be necessary during treatment.....


When applying treatment, be very careful not to get in the bird(s) eyes or their nares.....


You really should seek the advice of a veterinarian as the above information was extrapolated from another non-veterinarian web site.

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Re: Scaly face mites!

Mites are nothing to fool around with. If not treated properly, you could keep reinfecting your bird. His cage, toys, etc. could be hiding places for further infestatuion. A vet visit is the best course of action. They'll give you meds and advice on treating & eradicating the mites. I've seen some very sad & tormented birds with mite problems. Don't waste time & money...ask your vet.
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Re: Scaly face mites!

Thank you his vet appointment is tomorrow and I'm disinfecting his cage overnight ( he can sleep in his spare cage)
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Re: Scaly face mites!

these mites are terrible, my birds haven't had this type, but I've encountered other types(through no fault of my own) and they are buggers.
you need to do the ENTIRE cage, cracks, inside and out, remove the tray, clean it all.
even underneath the cage, remove any labels from the bottom of the cage as well.
remove ALL toys, swings, etc....and buy new, or if you have brand new ones he's never used, only put in one perch, and a swing. leave everything else out, until he's fully recovered.
change them everyday, disinfect them, until the treatment is done
No point in putting back the old toys unless you are absolutely certain they have all been killed or you will re-infect him.remember to do the ends of the perches as well
Ivermectin in your best choice for treating him, they will be dead in 24 hours.
as for treatment of the cage, A.I. L (avian insect liquid) is your best choice, readily available in the states, but banned in Canada.It comes in a spray and can be used to treat all toys, perches, and cages....it's excellent and very effective
remember to treat your spare cage as well, perches everything.
Use different seed cups daily.
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