Gambel's Quail -- mites?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Advocat, Jul 25, 2014.

  1. Advocat

    Advocat Out Of The Brooder

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    My Gambel's Quail -- Coco -- was hatched in a very shallow nest made in some hay in the carport. Gambel's are up and running around within a short time after hatching, and I am wondering if they can get bird mites that quickly from association with the parents?

    Reason I ask is because he scratches his head a fair amount ... he is grooming frequently ... and sometimes I spot a teensy moving dot on my computer screen (and Coco does play on my computer desk).

    Should I treat him for mites just to be on the safe side? If so, what would be safe to use?
     
  2. deserthotwings

    deserthotwings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hatch a lot of little Gambels but have never had that problem. I guess it could be mites or maybe just dryness. I would be very careful of what medication, if any, you use on the little guy. They are very sensitive.
     

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