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Old 05-19-2017, 09:30 PM
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Yesterday I rescued two parakeets from a poorly conceived "menagerie" at my office building of my new job. I am having trouble locating a bird vet in my area (the one I typically go to for my own flock of 5 is out of the area for the rest of the month) and everywhere else I call say they used to have a bird vet until recently but try this other vet hospital which repeats the same thing.

The birds were housed with various house plants (high risk of some or all being toxic)

Only fed bird seed and water. No veggies, fruit or cuttlebone.

Menagerie cleaned with conventional janitor cleaning products.

Never taken to the vet. The birds were there for aesthetic purposes.

Can anyone help me analyze to the best of their ability their specific health problems?
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Old 05-19-2017, 09:55 PM
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Feather plucking (maybe from stress and diet) the other 3 pix are
scaley-face mite problem.
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How long until your vet comes back? Definitely keep them away from your established flock for the time being; I'd focus on getting them settled and comfortable with you and getting them on a much better diet while waiting for your vet to come back. I'd even set up an appointment for the day the vet gets back into the office.
Make sure you scrub yourself down extremely well before and after interacting with your new birds so as to not infect your current flock with anything they might have.
What did you name them?
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Coco for the mites covered one and Marshmellow for the feather plucker.

My vet will be back at the beginning of next month I think.

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Hi Beth
I agree with all the advice given above. You can order ivermectin (for the mites) online if you feel that a vet appointment is too long away.

Thank you for taking over the care of Coco & Marshmallow, you're their guardian angel!
Are you adopting the birds or do you plan to eventually return them (with the addition of an agreed comprehensive care plan)?
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Where can I order ivermectin?

I intend to keep these birds. There are 3 more back in the menagerie but I don't have the space in my flock cage for all of them. I'm hoping after these two are all better I can rescue a third who is also suffering from mites.

Also can anyone analyze their poop for further health issues?
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Beth, you should be able to order it online or get it from a local pet store.
Just ensure you get one that is suitable for budgies.
As far as the droppings go, it is much better that a qualified avian vet does tests on these birds to check for health issues. It would be best if you can find an avian vet, even if it means travelling a bit further as your own vet is away so long.
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Where can I order budgie appropriate ivermectin online?
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Hi Beth

I'm finding it a bit difficult to search for US sites from here, but this is what you're looking for:
Ivermectin For Birds 0.1 %- Treatment/Preventative For Mites And Parasites - Cute Little Birdies Aviary

However, that price does seem really expensive compared to what I'm seeing on UK sites.
I'm sure that it would actually be cheaper to buy from a vet, plus, as Therm has said, their poop investigation really needs a vet's input. It would probably work out best to travel to a vet now for the whole health assessment if you possibly can.

The ivermectin will very likely be in a quantity much greater than you'll use for the two birds (I don't think the shelf life is long once opened), so it would be good it you could use it to also treat the birds still at your work.
I'd also, keep all your receipts and try to get the company to refund you!

Best of luck.
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This is for the UK based Amazon page. Spot on treatment.
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