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Glad to hear, it is a good idea to practice catching her with a cloth so she gets use to you doing this in future. There could be a medical emergency in the future and her life could depend on you being able to pick her up without panic from you or her.
You are right in thinking to let her recover from the ordeal at present time.:budgie:
 

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Thanks pretty boy. My husband and me are definitely planning to practice catching her, Which till now I tried to avoid at all costs because I didn't want to scare her but I understand now how important it is. Yesterday night we switched off the lights and used a towel as suggested on here l, which actually worked extremely well.

The new young budgie was much easier to catch but we ll practice with both of them not just catching them but also holding them.

I'm so relieved she seems ok though I'll continue monitoring her condition.
 

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I'm super lucky. She still seems fine. The vet said we'd notice signs of an overdose after 12-24h so hopefully she's really ok.

She doesn't even be holding too much of a grudge inspire of what I put her through yesterday. Bless her.. :eek: she happily ate millet spray from my hand..

Her beak is looking better today so I'm thinking maybe it wasn't mites after all. I guess the ivermectin wouldn't make a difference so quickly or am I wrong? Her cere is still dark but I couldn't see the crusty stuff on the top of her beak today...though maybe it was just the light and I didn't want to examine her too closely so that she can relax a bit.

The vet also said that it could be a bit a deficiency, which is possible considering that it's been extremely difficult to convert her to eating any veggies and she has just started accepting pellets. The vet said she'll give me some vitamins tomorrow to sprinkle on her food to make up for any deficiencies.

Quick question. How are scaly face mites transmitted? Could they be carried on my clothes, skin or hair from Pippa to our new budgie who is currently quarantined in another room?
 

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Yes Ivermectin can work that quickly. I bought a bird from a sale that had really severe scaly (I knew I could cure him when others would have problems), he was a lovely bird but the scaly was so bad you could not tell his sex. The difference was really noticeable on the second day after only one treatment.
 

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Faery thanks for the link. I'd read the first one before but the article from the second link was really interesting.

Everywhere it seems to say though that prolonged or direct contact is necessary. What precautions would you recommend so that the mites aren't passed to our other budgie?

Also, apparently one theory says that there is usually a genetic pre disposition. Does that mean that Pippa might get them again and again?

How do you get them in the first place though? She hasn't been in contact with any other bird for at least 2 years. Or are they just around everywhere but only affect vulnerable budgies?
 

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I am so glad your budgie seems to be doing well. You can use Ivemectin on both of your budgies . When you treat them also thoroughly clean the cages and perches completely, Then eggs can still be on the perches and bars and they can pick them up once more. AS long as you are vigilant they should be fine. Do you give only pellets to your birds ? I give a mix of pellets , seed and crumbles as well as fresh greens and grass. It is also a great idea to get some probiotics from the vet or pet store and sprinkle these on the food as well.
 

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My vet told me once that you can see if a bird is poisoned by looking at the skin in his belly, close to the vent. Once she examined a poisoned bird and this area was darker. The bird's liver gets a little swollen and works so much in case of a poisoning. I asked her what to do in case of a poisoning and she told me to call a vet right away and until the appointment, simply give water with a syringe. It will help the liver work better and the poisoning substance will get out of the bird's system more quickly. This is the advice I got from my doctor.
 
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