How do you tell if doves have lice or fleas

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by BinaryChicken, Oct 12, 2012.

  1. BinaryChicken

    BinaryChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi

    I have Three Ring-Necked Doves one of which might have fleas or lice but i dont know how to tell[​IMG]
    One side of head looks like is missing feathers.
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    Sir Gibbie

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    Thanks,
    Malcolm
     
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2012
  2. dracoe19

    dracoe19 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The best way to determine if he has parasites is to lift the feathers up so you can see then skin. The places where they hide the most are under the chin, under the wings, belly, around the vent and between their legs. When you lift their feathers up you will more than likely see bugs scurry out of sight or see eggs from the bugs. Here are some photos to help you out.

    type of louse to look for on a pigeon
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    flea
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    Pigeon lice
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    lice eggs on feathers (always found at the base of the feather)
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    lice eggs on feathers
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  3. BinaryChicken

    BinaryChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    thnx it looks like another of our doves might have something around the top of the beak
     

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