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Old 01-23-2015, 08:26 AM
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Question Itchy feet, please help!

My budgie Ocean has an itchy feet. I noticed this a few weeks ago, but thought it is nothing serious, as I thought maybe he is moulting and is overall itchy. But it got worse, as he is picking at his legs all the time. It looks a little bit white and crusty at the bottom part. I am not sure if it's mites, as his beak is fine. We also have another budgie in the cage and she seems perfectly fine.

Also one morning I uncovered their cage and I saw that Ocean has one nostril bigger than another, I thought it might be from scratching. It looks like it is healing now, but he just keeps itching all the time, especially his feet. I clean their cage all the time and provide clean water and bath every day. He is eating well, mostly seeds and greens, chirping and flying around as always, his poop also seems alright. But it looks like he is suffering from this itchiness. He is 7 months old.

I tried to apply Vaseline on his foot, it helped for one day, he looked calmer. But it is so difficult to do that as he is not very tamed. I tried to rub in some olive oil on his feet as well, but also, with no much success as he just kept flying around. Can I rub perches with Vaseline, would that be safe?

I am just very worried, we don't have an avian vet in our area, but I might need to take him just to the regular one, for a check up?

Let me know your thoughts please

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here are some photos, you can actually see him picking at it

he is also all the time tapping his foot, like moving at the same place, it does seem as a discomfort for him
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Hello and welcome to TB forum! Enjoy your stay!
These symptoms indicate mite presence. That's why the vaseline gave your budgie some relief. Glyserine and olive oil are a good treatment, but you can also use Ivermectin, applying it to the skin in the back of the budgie's head. So far I see that it's not severe, but you can treat it. Please contact an avian vet for a proper diagnosis and treatment. I hope he gets well soon!
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Definitely take you budgie to the vet to make sure it's mites or not. If you can afford it, take your other budgie too.
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Continue with the Vaseline treatments. Use a small washcloth/handcloth to hold him. Drape the cloth over his back (like a cape), pinch the cloth around his neck area and hold his body gently without pressing on his chest/abdomen.

Placing Vaseline on the perch will not cover his entire feet and legs.

You can purchase Vetafarm Scatt (Moxydectin) over the Internet.
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Thank you so much for your replies

Could it be a bumble foot? I heard of it but don't know an actual symptoms

I think I should change the perches in the cage, just in case

I don't know where would mites come from, as I keep the cage very clean, I change the sandpaper everyday, sometimes 2 times a day and wash the toys and dishes very often

I really hope he can get better soon, I just feel sorry watching him itching all the time

I will call vet tomorrow, to ask if they treat birds
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I can't tell from the photos whether he has scaly face mites. I don't see any on his face or right foot (just some peeling skin on his right foot). I see small white bumps on his left foot, which might indicate gout (kidney disease). Are his feet stiff?

Is the room dry? Perhaps his feet are just dry and itchy. You could run a humidifier to see if that helps.

How old is your bird? He looks healthy to me.

You can find an avian vet here: Association of Avian Veterinarians.
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Thanks for your help
no, his feet are not stiff at all, he is jumping around as always
only thing is that he is tapping them all the time, like dancing on the same spot, which makes me feel that he has some discomfort

the room could be dry, as we put the heating high now as it is cold outside
I should try to run humidifier, but I spray them everyday with water

he is 7 months old

thanks for the link, it says that it doesn't match my search criteria, the avian vet is in a different town, I am not sure if he would take the stress of traveling there very well, as he gets stressed at home outside his cage
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The feet tapping might be mites. Purchase the Vetafarm Scatt and apply Vaseline until it arrives. I think he'll be fine.

He is lovely.
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thanks so much!!!

I feel so much better now, knowing how to help
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