How do you treat scaly feet on budgies?

Ivermectin is usually the treatment of choice for scaly leg mite. Your veterinarian will prescribe the initial treatment of 10 days and then have you bring your bird back in for an examination. It will generally require anywhere from 2 to 6 treatments, 10 days each, to completely get rid of the mites.

How do I know if my budgie has scaly mites?

Scaly Face Mites They’re also called Budgie mites because of their propensity to affect Budgerigars. Early symptoms present as a thickening crust around the cere and around the bill. As the condition worsens, the crustiness can extend to the vent, legs and feet, resulting in the loss of claws and lameness.

How do you get rid of scaly leg mites?


  1. soak the feet and legs in warm water.
  2. dry with a towel, gently exfoliating any dead, loose scales.
  3. dip feet and legs in oil, (linseed, mineral, olive, vegetable) which suffocates the mites.
  4. wipe off linseed oil and slather affected area with petroleum jelly.

Why do birds have scaly feet?

The ‘scales’ themselves are dry encrustations made up of material produced by the bird in response to the irritation caused by the mites, together with skin debris thrown up by the mites as they burrow into the tissues.

How do budgies get scaly mites?

Scaly face disease is caused by a mite called Knemidokoptes that is spread from bird to bird by contact. An example is the nest box during feeding, and contact with parents. Some birds acquire this parasite while young and do not develop symptoms until they are young adults.

Why is my parakeets cere crusty?

The most common reason for this condition is a mite called Knemidokoptes. This usually appears as a fuzzy or crusty overgrowth of the tissue of the cere (the band of tissue over the beak), around the nares, around the skin of the eyes, around the vent or on the legs.

What causes scaly mites on budgies?

How long does it take to get rid of scaly leg mites?

The minimum time for treatment will be three weeks, as any mites which were recently laid need to be smothered. Over time, inflammation will decrease, scale ugliness will reduce, and eventually the damaged scales will fall off and be replaced by clean, fresh, flexible leg scales.

How do you treat scaly leg mites naturally?

How to treat scaly leg mite naturally:

  1. Soak the feet and legs of the bird in warm water for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Scrub the feet and legs very gently with a soft toothbrush to remove dead skin and crusty build-up.
  3. Dry the feet and legs.
  4. Apply a small amount of cold VetRx straight from the bottle and rub in well.

How do I give ivermectin to my budgie?

Ornamental Birds – e.g. Budgies, Finches, etc, Can also be used prophylactically. Apply one drop per 60 g bodyweight on the back of the neck, between the shoulder blades. Apply the appropriate dose once per week for three weeks.

Can scaly leg mites cause lameness?

Scaly leg mites in chickens can cause lameness. The scales enlarge, get rough and become infected. If not treated early the bird may go lame. To treat, soak the bird’s legs in an oil or cream to suffocate the mites.

What are the symptoms of scaly leg mites?

Scaly leg mites are a common parasite infecting chickens, poultry and birds. They cause irritation, itching and inflammation on chicken’s legs and feet. If left untreated, scaly leg mites can lead to infection and lameness.