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Scaley Feet/Cere

Postby TYS_ » Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:30 pm

Hello Everyone,

One of my budgies has had scaley feet and a scaley cere for about a month or something now. I didn't think it was much of an issue, but clearly, there are pests digging into her.

Her cere is extremely dry and white, and for a while, it looked like if I had touched her cere, it would have fallen off. And her feet are starting to get heavier with the white fungus or whatever you call it.

I'm aware that I need to replace the wooden cage perches (I don't know where to get the exact size of those...) and that I need to replace all of the play area perches.

Does anyone have recommendations on how to treat this? I'd like to avoid having to pay a vet unless it's necessary. I read online that I can mix some grapefruit seed extract with distilled water and apply that to the affected areas. However, can I put this on her cere? Is that safe?

Thanks.
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Re: Scaley Feet/Cere

Postby liz » Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:09 am

I use olive oil on Rainbows feet or she will pick the scales off down to the blood.
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Re: Scaley Feet/Cere

Postby Pajarita » Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:45 am

Well, if you are sure that it's mites, you can treat her with mite medicine. I never have a problem with mites because my birds never go out but, if I did, I would use Ivermectin but you can also use Scatt. Isolate the budgies from your other bird, wash the entire cage very thoroughly and change all the perches, toys, etc. Don't use dowels, use tree branches baked at 400 degrees for 15 minutes to ensure no mites are in them. And keep the birds extra warm [you are giving them poison after all so you want to maximize the care, just in case].
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Re: Scaley Feet/Cere

Postby TYS_ » Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:09 pm

She seems to have picked off all of the white fungi that had built up on her feet. I'm wondering what to do about her beak though..
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Re: Scaley Feet/Cere

Postby Pajarita » Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:16 am

Is it mites or fungus? Birds don't get fungus on their feet so it must be something else or it might be nothing at all -meaning a perfectly normal situation that you could be misreading.
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