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Hi there i suspect my budgies have mites as my pygmy hedgehog does now. Ive read that diatomaceous earth food grade (D.E) helps to kill mites. Is it safe to use on budgies and how do u use it
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Hedgehogs are mammal and budgies are birds with very different respiratory systems.
I'd never use this on birds. Just because one species has a parasite diesn't mean that
a different species can harbor the same parasite. If you're concerned I'd take your budgie to a avian vet for a checkup on this. I doubt that your budgie would be a host to these mites.
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Hi there and to the forums!

I agree, there is no need to use diatomaceous earth. The hedgehog and the budgie should not be in contact anyways. If you suspect there is a possibility that your budgie is infected or could be, Phil is absolutely right and a vet visit is in order.

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DE is used commonly with larger birds like poultry but I wouldn't use it on smaller birds like budgies.

I would firstly make sure you know what sort of parasite your budgie has as they require specific treatments depending on whether they are blood suckers, skin eaters, feather eaters.....usually mites are host specific and it would be odd for one to be able to survive on both hedghogs and budgies I'd think.
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How are your budgies now? Hope so budgies remain healthy. My brother also is very much possessive about his buddies and cannot see them any harm. A few days back, we faced a mites infestation problem and those little ones just created an havoc in our house. Bird mites gets attached themselves to hosts into homes for people and pets. Then, we have to shifted his budgies to my relatives home for a few days so that exterminator Walnut Creek professionals may do their work and his budgies also remains safe.

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