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Default Early Stages of Scaly Mites?

So Smol has been chewing a bit on his legs lately and rubbing his cere. His legs have just started to look dry and I'm wondering if its just dryness or early stages of Scaly Mites? It's pretty dry around here in the winter time, we have extremely dry winters.

Here's a couple of pictures of his feet:







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I really want to catch this quick if it's mites because I literally have a debilitating fear of skin conditions (doing research about scaly mites was a terrifying experience, let me tell you) and I don't want to wake up one day and not be able to even look at him.

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I'm not seeing any signs of mites on the feet nor at the beak/cere area.
Your Smol has a little scraping on the foot where he is missing a couple of scales (halfway through the foot on the first picture), but that will regenerate with time, it's not cause for concern.
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I'm not seeing any signs of mites on the feet nor at the beak/cere area.
Your Smol has a little scraping on the foot where he is missing a couple of scales (halfway through the foot on the first picture), but that will regenerate with time, it's not cause for concern.
Thanks so much! I was freaking out a little over this, because it would honestly be the worst thing . Seeing pictures of some of these poor budgies with mites not only is a thing of nightmares but it's so so sad. Ugh. I hate parasites. Nauseated just thinking about it. That's actually one of the reasons I wanted a male because I knew females going into breeding condition would freak me out.

Anyways, thanks again! Very happy he doesn't have mites
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I'm glad you feel relieved and you're most welcome.
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I don't want to freak you out or anything. . .that's not necessary. . . I would just keep an eye on the feet, and you were probably planning on that anyway. (Smol is beautiful and his face looks gorgeous.) . . . My budgie got scaly feet mites, and I caught it in the early stages. (He never had it on his face at all.) Your first two photos remind me of what I saw. As Aluz mentioned, if that goes away all is fine. And it probably will.

What I experienced is the feet became more dry, yellow-y, crusty-ish. Nothing dramatic like what you probably saw online in your research, but it was evident that his feet were going in the wrong direction.

Again, no reason to be alarmed. You will know in the coming week or two, which way it will go. And it's probably nothing.

The good news is it's totally treatable, easily treated, if the condition ever comes your way at any point. And you are astutely aware of it, and catching it at the earliest possible stages (at any time if it ever shows up.)

So, not to worry. No stress, and most likely it will clear up in time. I just wanted to say keep an eye on it... and if it grows instead of lessening, it might be scaly feet mites but I've found that is a very easy-to-treat condition and my budgie is perfectly fine now. I caught it early.

I hope that helps instead of harming. I don't want to stress you.


(*I've included some pics of my bird's foot when it was determined that treatment was required. You'll see it doesn't look like what your bird's foot looks like. The foot in these photos is yellow-y & crusty. But, if you ever see this, scaly mites are probably in the early stage; but you don't need to worry, just treat it & all will be ok. The treatment is amazing & works very well.)
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Your Smol's feet look perfectly fine and healthy; so does his cere. He's a very pretty little boy!
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Smol's feet don't look dried to me, they have a nice and healthy colour, no patches that would indicate mites.
The only thing I have pointed out was that the foot in the first picture has been scraped a bit and two scales (normal part of the foot's skin) are missing, still there is nothing to worry about because the skin on the foot will regenerate itself with time.
From the photos posted, there are absolutely no signs of mites on the feet nor on the beak/cere.
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Totally agree Aluz. I just wanted to include my pics for reference. Much different.

Also, I think my memory was playing tricks on me. I seemed to have thought that the earliest stages were a pink/scales missing irritation, but, when I looked back at my photos... I don't have any of that. All photos are yellow-y feet. (And I took many.)

As well, I just remembered that Biz had a very prominent, undeniable toe-tapping symptom. He tapped his toes a lot, and it increased. That symptom stopped once he was treated.

So indeed Deanna, you have a beautiful healthy budgie (his face looks a perfect beauty to me)... but now you know more about scaly mites than you probably ever wanted.
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Thanks everyone! Very very glad I don't have to deal with that right now haha
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