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Budgie Breeding Before breeding any species, it is important to learn as much about the animals, their personalities and the best practices to follow for responsible and ethical breeding prior to making the commitment to take on the responsibility.

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Hi budgie friends, I would appreciate your advice on two questions I have.

1. I have a female budgie who laid her 3rd egg today, all which I believe to be fertile. I have noticed she appears to have the beginning of scaly face mite down each side of her beak. I have purchased some Ivermectin (Avimec) which I intend to use but not sure if this will affect her as she lays subsequent eggs. I am thinking it is better to treat her now before the eggs hatch and she passes the mites onto the babies? I have phoned an avian vet clinic who told me she should be fine but I'm still worried. Has anyone given Ivermectin to a laying hen......what were the results?

2. My second question is the same hen is deliberately pooing in her seed hopper. She will actually fly to it, turn herself around and let go on top of her seed and of course being a laying hen, they are three times the size! Not much fun for my cock bird who has to eat out of the seed hopper! Any ideas why she is doing this?

Thanks for all your advice

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Old 07-25-2015, 08:15 AM
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Hi Lisa,
I have never been in that particular situation, in fact to this day I never had a pet bird to suffer from scaly mites.
Given the fact Ivermectin is a product that goes into the bird's bloodstream in order to rid of the mites, I'm not sure of the effects it could have while your hen is laying and if there will be consequences when it comes to the future eggs she will lay till finishing the clutch.
At this point, my advice to you would be to candle the eggs that were laid, if they are not fertile then chuck them out and remove the nest box (which will need to be disinfected from the mites), treat your budgie couple and wash and disinfect the whole cage and accessories.
Budgies need to be in top physical health in order to do a good job raising healthy young and while the mite problem is easy to solve, it's best to take care of it before allowing her to breed.

As to the food bowl, you can get one that has a top on and that way she won't be pooping directly onto the seed.
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Excellent advice from Aluz, remember both of your budgies will need to be treated for the mites and all the perches and such thoroughly cleaned.
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Aluz has given you some excellent advice if the eggs turn out to be infertile.

We have had a similar question, however that hen had chicks in the nest. It was deemed in this situation to be okay to apply ivermectine. In your situation, if the eggs are fertile I would let her finish laying and then apply the ivemectine. You will still need to thoroughly clean the cage. If possible switch out the nest box for a new one (same tyoe) when you do this. If not I was told that applying a drop of ecalyptus oil to the underside of the nest box deters mites.

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Thank you all for your advice, much appreciated.
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This is a good site about scaly face mites, and not using ivermectin. The treatments are more natural. Idk how effective this stuff is as I've never had a bird with scaly face mites, but you can probably give it a try before using ivermectin if you have to.... Hope this helps!
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