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How exacly can you tell if your birds have mites?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by americana-chick, Mar 5, 2009.

  1. americana-chick

    americana-chick Songster

    Jun 18, 2008
    I was wondering, how do you tell if your birds have mites/ what to look for?? thanks and any info will be helpfull [​IMG]

  2. Checking for mites.

    To determine the presents of body lice or mites, pick one or two birds off the roost at night. With a good flashlight, examine the area under the tail and around the vent. If mites are present, you should be able to see them scampering for cover.

    Treat with Sevin Dust, Adams dog dip or spray, Ivomec wormers (pour on or injectable-Caution: You can`t eat the eggs for a month after treating with Ivomec. Ivomec is also affective for most internal parasites)

    Leg Mites;

    Leg mites dig under the scales on a birds legs. They cause the scales to lift creating a rough appearance. They inahabit cracks and openings in roosts and surrounding areas.

    Treat leg mites by rubbing any kind of oil on the legs. The idea is to drown them. Repeat as needed. Should be back to normal in a month.
  3. carress

    carress Songster

    Mar 26, 2008
    Orange county NY
    When my birds had them, I had carried one around for something, and when I put the bird down, I saw all this off-white specks on my shirt.

    When I pulled apart he feathers, I saw the mites crawling around the 'follicles' of the feathers - all over. Mine was a pretty bad infestation.
    I treated with Seven. Luckily, I only had two birds and not a lot of bedding, so throwing it all away was really easy.

    I retreated a week later and againin a week.

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