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My budgie has small, crusty, abnormal growths on the sides of his beak and the edges of his cere is a bit crusty. I believe he has scaly head mites. He scratches occasionally but not often. So I bought a Bird Bath Spray that says it kills mites. Will it get rid of scaly face mites? What else should I do in terms of home remedies? Should I quarantine him?

Link to Bird Bath Spray: https://ca-en.hagen.com/Bird/Accesso...essories/82155


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Hey there,

I'm glad you noticed that your budgie has scaly face mites, the sooner they are treated, the better.

However, you should not ever use any type of spray or medicine to put in bathwater as it can harm the budgie if ingested and may irritate their eyes or lungs. Instead, you should get prescribed ivermectin, a treatment which goes on in a drop between the wings. If you take him into the avian vet, the vet will be able to prescribe this.

Since he and his mate both share the same cage, they both will have to be treated for mites. Additionally, you should wash all of their toys and perches in hot water and clean their cage down with white vinegar daily. If they have any toys that you can't wash, you should throw them out to prevent re-infection.

Best of luck with your budgies, I hope they feel better soon!
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StarlingWings has given you the best possible advice with regard to treatment for mites.
You will want to purchase either ivermectin or Scatt spot on treatment.

Scatt from Vetafarm for treating air sac mites and scaly face

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can someone identify if my bird has scaly face mites before I buy Vetafarm Scatt? Thanks.
I cannot take my bird to the vet as they are on vacation.

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Yes, your budgie definitely has mites and needs to be treated.

If you have other birds, they all need to be treated as well, as discussed in the previous posts.
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Thanks for the advice everyone. I bought Vetafarm Amivec, a treatment for scaly face mites for budgies (it's really just ivermectin) from the US as I couldn't find any Ivermectin treatments online or in stores in Canada. Since its going to take a little while before the product arrives, I will keep the cage clean but not "deep clean" it because it is pointless to "deep clean" it while the birds are still infected without treatment. Also, I have a rope perch. Should I clean it and reuse it after the birds have gone through treatment for just throw it out? Thanks!
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I'd throw it out.
If you choose to get another rope perch after the scaly mites are completely eliminated from all your birds and you've done your deep cleaning, please be sure to read this:

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-budg...eled-toys.html
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