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We're not sure but suspect our young budgie may have scaly face mite. We are treating with Avimec however haven't seen any improvement - the bottom half of his cere and top of his beak are affected. Instructions say treat for 3 weeks which is this week. I am wondering whether he may have something else or whether treating with olive oil may be more effective.


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Your budgie has an advanced case of scaly mites and really should be seen and treated by an Avian Vet.
Using olive oil is not going to help if the ivermectin treatments hasn't taken care of the problem.

Avian Vets have special training to determine the cause of symptoms resulting from illness or trauma. This is important as "regular" vets will often overlook symptoms that are quickly obvious to an Avian Vet.
When you rely on anyone who has not had training in Avian diagnosis and care, you may be delaying effective treatment. This can prolong suffering that may be avoidable.
The bird will often require a more intense, prolonged treatment with a poorer chance of full recovery than it would have if you seek prompt professional diagnosis and treatment at the first sign of illness.

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It's important that ivermectin be administered in the proper dosage as otherwise it can be quite toxic to your bird.

Please be sure to update us on his condition after you take him in for an appointment with the Avian Vet. I'm sending lots of positive thoughts and healing energy for your little fellow. :hug:

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It sure looks like scaly face mites. As I'm currently going through this with my budgie, I can tell you it can be hard to get rid of all those pesky little mites. Faerybee has explained it very well above... you really do need a bird specialist for your little friend. Good luck and healing thoughts to your budgie.

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Hi and :welcome: to Talk Budgies!

I'm sorry to see your little one has such a bad case of mites! I agree completely that he should be treated professionally now. Hopefully soon he'll start to heal faster!

In the meantime, be sure to read the great links provided by Deborah. They will help to keep you up to date on the best budgie care practices! :D

If you have any questions after reading through everything, be sure to ask! ;)

Also, please do keep us posted on what the avian vet says. We're all hoping your boy has a steady and full recovery! :fingerx:

Cheers :wave:
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