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.