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Old 02-07-2015, 10:53 AM
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Okay so a little random but I was wondering if you could use f10 diluted in water to wash your budgies?
It's meant to be a brilliant disinfectant and I've read people have used it on their budgies wounds ...
I've used it in steam for them so just thinking about it could it be used as a bath product for them ?

I ask as I'm going to treat my three older budgies with some bytril/ invented for mites but the chicks are too young so could this be a good idea?

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Okay Bethany, my question in why are you wanting to bath your birds with a disinfectant solution? A spray with plain water is all they need to help keep them clean. If you are treating mites then a dot of ivermectin is the recommended solution.
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Bethany, if you're worried about mites, just use olive oil on their cere's and feet. It won't hurt any of the birds, and will smother the mites.

You can use it on both the babies and adults. Just don't get any olive oil into their nostrils.
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Okay Bethany, my question in why are you wanting to bath your birds with a disinfectant solution? A spray with plain water is all they need to help keep them clean. If you are treating mites then a dot of ivermectin is the recommended solution.
Well I was thinking that it could kill mites ect in a watered down solution , as the vet gave it to me to put into steam for the birds as the chicks are too young to have medication... It really was just a thought if it would be an idea as it seems to be used for everything else so I just wondered would that be an option.

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Bethany, if you're worried about mites, just use olive oil on their cere's and feet. It won't hurt any of the birds, and will smother the mites.

You can use it on both the babies and adults. Just don't get any olive oil into their nostrils.
Thanks JW I just wanted options just in case I was right about seeing a mite
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Olive oil can work for scaley face mites, but it won't for feather mites. The advice I was given was to give all parents a dose of ivermectin before breeding season and all chicks before putting them into the aviary, around 2-3 months. Baytril is an antibiotic and I wouldn't be using this as a preventative for the same reasons it is not recommended in humans.

If you think you have seen a feather mite and you have youngun's then I would follow the advice given on this thread, https://talkbudgies.com/your-budgies-...ml#post2718977
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Olive oil can work for scaley face mites, but it won't for feather mites. The advice I was given was to give all parents a dose of ivermectin before breeding season and all chicks before putting them into the aviary, around 2-3 months. Baytril is an antibiotic and I wouldn't be using this as a preventative for the same reasons it is not recommended in humans.

If you think you have seen a feather mite and you have youngun's then I would follow the advice given on this thread, https://talkbudgies.com/your-budgies-...ml#post2718977
Sorry to sounds dim... Do you give the chicks Invectemin at 2-3 months as I was advised to wait until they were 6 months.
For the mean time I've separated the chicks and adults into two separate cages and disenfected everything just to be sure, I have Invectimin on order so just waiting for that for the three adults
In the thread you sent what's the eucalyptus oil do? And is it to wash with or put a few drops in the cage?

Thanks again Li
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Eucalyptus oil is a strong scent and I think the feather mites do not like it. The oil also has natural antiseptic properties - but a drop is all that is needed as it is strong and concentrated!

It won't harm the budgies - they nest in Eucalyptus trees naturally and the scent will also help them with keeping their airways clear.

A tiny bit of olive oil will help smother Scaly face mites, which are totally different to feather mites.

If you think the babies have feather mites, pop them on a white piece of paper and see if any little moving specks appear. If they do, you could gently stroke them off and have bits of small pieces of sticky tape ready, to trap the rotten mites and squash them when you're finished.

I used this method on a 5 week old parakeet (A Rubino Bourkes) because she was too young to use Ivermectin. I got the lot and she did not need medicating!

And now I need a shower because I am so itchy, it is ridiculous~
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Eucalyptus oil is a strong scent and I think the feather mites do not like it. The oil also has natural antiseptic properties - but a drop is all that is needed as it is strong and concentrated!

It won't harm the budgies - they nest in Eucalyptus trees naturally and the scent will also help them with keeping their airways clear.

A tiny bit of olive oil will help smother Scaly face mites, which are totally different to feather mites.

If you think the babies have feather mites, pop them on a white piece of paper and see if any little moving specks appear. If they do, you could gently stroke them off and have bits of small pieces of sticky tape ready, to trap the rotten mites and squash them when you're finished.

I used this method on a 5 week old parakeet (A Rubino Bourkes) because she was too young to use Ivermectin. I got the lot and she did not need medicating!

And now I need a shower because I am so itchy, it is ridiculous~
Thanks for the feedback! I have eucalyptus oil and use it in steam for them for when Skylar was sick but never thought about using it any other way... Do you put the oil on them or just a dab in the cage?
I'm just generally paranoid about these things (which is bad I know) but I haven't seen any since I thought I'd seen one on Buffy... I've dropped the cage with a white sheet for a couple nights and not seen anything either but I've still just invade put some sunflower oil on their Ceres and feet (skylars feet looked slightky dry beforehand and now look Cotten soft )

I will deffinatly try getting Buffy to stand still enough on a white sheet and see if I can see anything... I hadn't actually thought about that!

Hahaha I know how you feel I was scratching for ages after I thought I'd seen one! Scrubbed their cages , changed my bedcovers and bathed !!
I think I need to just take a chill pill and not to get overly paranoid!!

Plus with the F10 I just thought its used for everything so wondered if someone had done it before? That was all ...

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