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Old 02-12-2015, 04:11 PM
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Hi guys, i have noticed that one of my budgies has got a SCALY FACE MITES. Its a very early stage. so far been treating him with olive oil and petroleum jelly to suffocate the bacteria.
does anyone know anything else that could help that would be more effective.



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Old 02-12-2015, 04:17 PM
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Hey Ricko! I am sorry this is happening. You can order Ivermectin, you have to apply it on the skin at the back of the budgie's neck. All your budgies have to be treated.
Clean well everything- toys, surfaces, branches, food containers and water bottles.
Set an appointment to the vet's for a proper diagnosis and treatment. (it's always better when the doctor sees them and examines them)
I hope your budgie gets well soon!
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Hi Despina.
The thing is that hes the only one whos got it, my other budgies are in wooden breeding cages, and honestly i have no idea how to disinfect a breeding cage.
Another unfortunate issue that avians over here cos a fortune, and im no where close to afford that!! so im trying to get as much advise as possible that would help me out.
But everyday hes being treated with petroleum jelly and other day with olive oil.
Im not keen on putting coconut oil as have no idea what it would result into.
I just been checking this IVERMECTIN DROPS 0.1% 10ml - on ebay, its bloody dear over here this thingy!!!!

Do you think i should allow him with other birds? or its to contagious?
PS, im getting paid tomorrow and definitely be getting one of those bottles.

Thank you so much for your reply tho!!

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Definitely do not let him with other birds as they pass scaly mites on quite easily. Despina gives you great advice, and perhaps you could call the vet and work out a payment plan for a check-up (in the US, specialist vets are also very expensive. We're lucky in Spain to have low cost vet care).

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ola Bethany, vale vale.

I usually steam all the dishes and drinkers.

Unfortunately over here in Britain the payment scheme works like that, or you pay or you close the door from other side!!!
But tomorrow i'll be getting some of that thingy to put at the back of their head.


Cheers Bethania!!! Muchas Gracas por tu asesoramiento.

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Oh avian vets cost a lot here too! I always have a deposit for things like that. It would be a lot better for your budgies if you have a doctor for all cases.
Clean thoroughly everything in their cages- I personally use 1 drop of dettol for 3 lt of hot water. Some apple cider vinegar is also good for this amount. Then you have to dry everything afterwards.
Mites are contageous, I would treat all of them if I were in your position. Hopefully your budgie will be better soon!
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hey guys thank you so much for all replies and tips.


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You need to treat all of your birds and completely clean and disinfect all the living quarters, toys, perches, food dishes, etc.

It's best to take your bird to an Avian Vet for an exam and let the vet know how many birds you have to obtain the amount of medication needed to treat all of them.

Birds Online - Health and diseases - Parasite infestation - Burrowing mites (scaly face/leg mite)

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Spot-On Ivermectin Ivermectin Spot-On Drops 0.1%. (Pharmaq Brand) 10ml.¬*::¬*Bird Products¬*::¬*Animal Medication Direct, contains enough product for 50 birds.

Scatt from Vetafarm for treating air sac mites and scaly face
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thank you very much FaeryBee (Deborah)! i have already been to few of those sites. And IVERMECTIN is certainly moving in with me.
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Rick Ivemectin can be bought quite cheaply via the net if you do a search. It might pay you to start getting a budgie emergency health care kit started as well. TB has a great sticky on the subject please read through and start to buy as one day you might be in need of such items . Good luck with the Mites, be careful when applying the Ivemectin you can overdose the budgies.
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