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Hello everyone,

A short story before I begin. This budgie was owned by a relative of me. Though they owned him, they did not care for him at all. After a while, maybe 1-2 years maybe longer, I don't know, they decided they couldn't look for him anymore so they gave it to my mother.

When I first saw him I knew he was very very unhealthy. His wing has a problem, he can't fly at all. He also had mites on his face and feet. So, they immediately took him to a vent, he told my parents to get a lotion like thing, forgot the name, and apply it to his face and feet and also some vitamines.

My parents applied the lotion for a few days and after seeing that he got way better, they stopped using it.

I'm not living with my parents. After taking care of him for a few months, they brought him to me and wanted me to take care of him. Well I wasn't suure about that because I have never had a pet let alone a budgie but I still accepted it because I wanted to try (glad I did that).

Now I'm trying my best to make him friendly and have fun and be healthy.

So, after this somewhat short story, I feel like my budgie still has some mites and it scares me. I added some pictures below. I would like to have your opinion about this. Is this a scaly face?

Thank you all for answers!
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Welcome to the forums. You have certainly come to the right place as you will find all you need to know on budgie care here.
Since you are relatively new to budgies, the information on the several articles and sticky threads at the top of each section of the forums will be extremely useful as you become more familiar with the species.

To answer your question, yes unfortunately your budgie still has mites on the beak and legs too (by the way, she is a female budgie).
I don't know what type of product your parents have used before to treat this. Did your parents take the budgie to an avian vet specialist?
The most effective way to treat your budgie is with an Ivermectin based product, a spot-on treatment where you apply a drop of the product on the back of the neck and directly into the skin.

From the photos, it's very likely that your budgie will need multiple treatments and if possible, it would be best to have her seen by an avian vet specialist. After each treatment with the product, it's important that you thoroughly wash and disinfect the whole cage and accessories (including perches, food/water containers, toys, etc).
This is done in order to prevent a re-infestation from the mites. Your budgie's play areas when having out of cage time will also need to be washed and disinfected.

I hope very soon your budgie will be completely rid of the mites, best of luck!
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Welcome to the forums. You have certainly come to the right place as you will find all you need to know on budgie care here.
Since you are relatively new to budgies, the information on the several articles and sticky threads at the top of each section of the forums will be extremely useful as you become more familiar with the species.

To answer your question, yes unfortunately your budgie still has mites (by the way, she is a female budgie) on the beak and legs too.
I don't know what type of product your parents have used before to treat this, but the must effective way to treat your budgie is with an Ivermectin based product, an spot-on treatment where you apply a drop of the product on the back of the neck and directly into the skin.
From the photo, it's very likely that your budgie will need multiple treatments and after each treatment it's important that you thoroughly wash and disinfect the whole cage and accessories (including perches, food/water containers, toys, etc). This is done in order to prevent a reinfestation from the mites. Your budgie's play areas when having out of cage time will also need to be washed and disinfected.

I'm hope very soon your budgie will be completely rid of the mites, best of luck!
Well here we go, they told my parents that she was a he . Anyway, thank you for a quick response. I cannot find any product named Ivermectin. I think it is contained in a few different product, right? I heard Avimec when I was investigating about the mites. Can I use that?
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Yes, you are right. And you can use Avimec to treat your budgie.
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Yes, you are right. And you can use Avimec to treat your budgie.
Thank you very much. May I ask you if you know any other ivermectin products that is safe to use on the budgie? It might be hard to find one where I live.
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You're most welcome.
Here is another one: Beaphar Anti-Parasite Spot On ? for small birds (Canary/Budgie)

If it's difficult for you to find the product, then it will be easier for you to have access to it by going to the avian vet.
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You're most welcome.
Here is another one: Beaphar Anti-Parasite Spot On ? for small birds (Canary/Budgie)

If it's difficult for you to find the product, then it will be easier for you to have access to it by going to the avian vet.
Thank you again. One last question. It seems none of the iviermectin products are available here (atleast for small pets). The only one purchasable is this:Pantex

Looks like the perfect solution but still wanted to ask.

Edit: About the avian vets, it would be quite hard to find one here.

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Hi there and to the forums!

Your little girl is very pretty

I'm glad you will be treating her for the scaley mites! The product you have found is perfect It is made of Ivermectin, just like the Avimec.

I hope her mites clear up soon!

Meanwhile, be sure to read through the forums, including the budgie articles, to ensure you're up to date on the very best of budgie care practices! If you have any questions afterwards, please do ask as we'd love to help

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Hi there and to the forums!

Your little girl is very pretty

I'm glad you will be treating her for the scaley mites! The product you have found is perfect It is made of Ivermectin, just like the Avimec.

I hope her mites clear up soon!

Meanwhile, be sure to read through the forums, including the budgie articles, to ensure you're up to date on the very best of budgie care practices! If you have any questions afterwards, please do ask as we'd love to help

Cheers!
Thank you!

She's really so cute. I never thought I would care this much for bird pets before. She sits beside me all day. She's not tamed but I'm trying to tame her a little. Right now, she's singing and trying to spell out some words, so cute and funny. Unfortunately, she cannot fly. I let her out of the cage 1-2 times. She was scared at first but after that, she started exploring. But when she try to fly, she goes about a meter or so and then drops down on the side of her wings. I'm afraid I can let her out too much after seeing that. Probably her wings are not grown enough to fly. Like I said before, very badly cared for a few years.

Hope the product works and she gets rid of the mites as soon as possible.

I already started reading some of the articles. Thanks for this great forum a nd for the answers!
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I'm glad she enjoys spending time with you already, that's great!

It's likely that her wing muscles aren't strong enough to help her fly yet, because she wasn't let out to fly in her other home. The more she works up the courage to fly, the better she'll get at it

I am glad you're finding Talk Budgies helpful so far

Keep us posted on how she progresses!
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