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Old 01-19-2017, 11:20 PM
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I was just reading a previous post of a budgie owner who had a budgie who itched alot and it turned out the budgie had mites.

I notice Cosmo itching a lot throughout the day (maybe every 30mins to an hour, rough estimate). Its usually before or after preening which he does quite a bit too. I dont think he is molting because I have not seening any pin feathers. He had a little scale on his cere earlier and it came off easily by rubbing it.

The scratching he does is a really fast scratching on his face, beak, and nose... basically his entire head. Its never anywhere else. He does one side, then the other.
He also sneezes almost everytime after preening or scratching. When hes on my shoulder his sneezes sometimes feel wet, but most of the time they're not.

Other than this, he seems normal... Chewing everything, eating, sleeping, playing, flying, etc His poops look fine too lol.

I haven't ever seen him take a bath, but he sometimes dunks his head under when he drinks. Sometimes I will mist him with a very fine mist, and he seems to be fine with it, but I cant tell for sure. I've tried putting him in a shallow dish, or cupping my hands under the faucet but he always just jumps out, so I decided just to put a bath in his cage and let him do it himself.

Is this normal? Should I see a vet? When I bought him I didn't go straight to vet because PetSmart quarantines their birds for 3-5 days as a vet watches them before they're out for purchase, so I felt no need too.

I'm sorry for all the posts/threads, I'm a huge worrier and I just Cosmo to live long and happy.

Thank you all for your help!


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Please post close-up photos of his face and legs and feet so we can check for signs of scaly face mites.
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Have you noticed him taking dust baths? Birds will often take dust baths in their food dish when they have lice or mites. You can find mite and lice sprays in pet stores which I have found quite effective against lice, but I'm unsure if they would help with mites.

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I'm sorry you are still worrying over this...
The scratching you have mentioned is normal and is part to the normal daily preening activities.
You have recently had the same question which was adequately answered here: https://talkbudgies.com/your-budgies-...ave-mites.html
In case you don't know, budgies also moult the old skin off their ceres.

If you are still so worried about this possibility, then book Cosmo an appointment with an avian vet specialist for a full examination and wellness check, so that your mind is completely put at ease about this matter.
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Have you noticed him taking dust baths? Birds will often take dust baths in their food dish when they have lice or mites. You can find mite and lice sprays in pet stores which I have found quite effective against lice, but I'm unsure if they would help with mites.
I've seen him do this a couple times, and they were both at night. He also just may have fallen into his dish, I'm not sure.

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I'm sorry you are still worrying over this...
The scratching you have mentioned is normal and is part to the normal daily preening activities.
You have recently had the same question which was adequately answered here: https://talkbudgies.com/your-budgies-...ave-mites.html
In case you don't know, budgies also moult the old skin off their ceres.

If you are still so worried about this possibility, then book Cosmo an appointment with an avian vet specialist for a full examination and wellness check, so that your mind is completely put at ease about this matter.
Okay, thank you! I might go see the vet tomorrow, I'm thinking about it.

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I don't see any signs of scaly face mites.

He's cute!
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