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I have never had a bird that toe taped. Your does it when tired. Since there doe not appear to relate to any problems, it seems harmless enough. Possible an avain vet has heard about this toe tapping. Next time you call or see the vet may as well ask a bird vet the question you posted here.

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I've not taken him to the vet yet... but will be calling on Monday re. appointments. There's an avian vet not too far away. I will try the olive oil. I assume Ivermectin is only available from the avian vet...?

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You can purchase Scatt on-line through All Bird Products
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Scatt uses Moxydectin rather than Ivermectin. Both are effective in treating mites on budgies.
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Thank you! That's awesome.
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Those yellowish spots do look like mites to me, especially on the second and third pics. It's perfectly understandable for your budgie to toe tap due the discomfort from the mites. He can do so in an attempt to feel better.

Don't forget to wash and disinfect the whole cage and accessories (perches, toys, food/water containers, etc) after each mite treatment as well as the play are when having out of cage time.
This is done in order to prevent a re-infestation from the mites.

I hope soon your budgie will be rid of the mites and the consequent toe tapping.
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Thanks Aluz and Deborah and everyone for all of the feedback. What a bummer... poor little thing. Googling this condition is definitely sad & depressing. (most definitely if it goes untreated.)

I zoomed in on one of the images and it looks like there's a honeycomb pattern consistent with scaly leg mites, yes? (attached photo).

A few questions:

- Should I let the pet store know? I read that this is commonly transferred in the nest, from the parents, and the symptoms don't typically show until about 6 months - 12 months into the budgie's life. My budgie is about 6 months. ...I would like to try to avoid others having to deal with this, if it's possible. So I'm thinking I need to let the store know.

- The Scatt product linked from Deborah would take care of this? I believe so and I can order asap.

- Disinfecting & Cleaning the Cage: I'm going to look for stickies on this, but when I researched online the best way to go about this --- I see lots of conflicting information. (i.e. use diluted bleach water, don't use bleach. or, scaly leg mites only live on the bird, not in the perches.) I'm not inclined to use bleach if I can avoid it. .... My cage has:
- natural wooden perches & one dowel
- one digestible ground calcium & seashell perch
- plastic & metal toys
- metal & wood toys
- plastic food dishes
... Any thoughts on the best ways to clean & disinfect everything after treatment? [ I think I'm understanding that there's no point until my bird is treated. ]

- I put olive oil on his leg and it's looking better today. I read that sometimes an oil treatment will take care of it, if early enough -- but I'm not going to risk that. I want to take care of it asap.

Thanks so much... ! I thought he might be scratching too much and picking at his legs too much so this makes a lot of sense.
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Here are some updated photos from this morning. I put a little olive oil on last night.
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Yes, it would be prudent to notify the pet store.

Blue's leg does look much better today.
Olive oil may help but, in my opinion, you are better off using a product to ensure the mites are completely eradicated.
Scatt spot on treatment will work just fine.

You can clean and disinfect the cage, playground and everything in it using white vinegar and then rinsing with boiling hot water and allow to air dry.

You can use F-10 dissinfectant if you prefer.
F10 Veterinary Disinfectant

The cleaning/disinfecting of the cage, playground and all other items should take place after the treatment.

I think I've covered all your questions.
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Hi Deborah.... thank you! You have most definitely answered them all. And there were many. Thanks again....!
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You've been given great advice for sure I hope your little budgie feels better soon!
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