Can Conures get Mites?

by Elizabeth Carroll
(Los Osos, Ca)

Ezra

Ezra

I have a friend that told me they don't get "Buggies". She clams that she knows every thing about birds and when I asked about getting an 8 in 1 bird protector. She said not to bother cause they don't need it. I am not sure and am looking for advice from some one who has had Conures. I just took in a Green Checked and tho I have only had in for less then 48hrs, he has stole my heart. The previous owner didn't give him the care he need (his cage was so gross and he was eating the wrong food) so I am searching for as much info I can get on his breed. Now if I can only get him to stop throwing plastic bottle caps at me if I don't let him play with my computer mouse as I type.

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Mar 30, 2010
Can Conures get Mites?
by: Linda

Hello and thanks for writing. My name is Linda, and you can tell your friend that they DO NOT KNOW WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT" Always BEWARE of anyone who tells you "they know everything there is to know about birds" because I'm 60 years old, have worked with birds all my life, and I don't know even half as much as I still need to learn about them.

ALL BIRDS CAN GET MITES, AND PLEASE, PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM THE LITTLE DISKS OF POISON THAT THEY SELL FOR BIRDS. Those things are like pest strips, and they are highly toxic to anyone and anything around them.Pet stores sell a lot of stuff that is harmful to your pets, including birds, so you must ask questions, or learn about these things in books and from other people on the internet. NEVER GIVE ANY OVER THE COUNTER MEDICINES TO YOUR BIRD EVEN IF FOUND IN A PET STORE. Medications are potentially harmful to birds, and ONLY an Avian Vet is qualified to diagnose and treat any kind of problem with them.

Keep your bird inside and do not take it outside and hang cage in a tree or where wild birds can have contact with it. Take your bird to an Avian Vet if you suspect mites so they can give you safe medication for the problem. Basically all birds CAN GET MITES, but most do not unless they are either living outside, taken outside and left hanging in a tree, or are allowed to run around on the dirty floor. This includes ALL FLOORS as they are ALL dirty for a bird no matter how clean they may look to humans.

So, do not buy the hanging disks, keep your bird inside, clean and up out of the floor. Do not allow bird to play with other animals or birds, and take him to an Avian vet at least once a year for a checkup to make sure he is healthy and not harboring internal or external parasites. Also, do not take your bird to "play dates" at other people's homes or allow them to come to yours with their birds. This is how infections and parasites are passed from bird to bird, and your bird needs to be kept away from anyone else's birds including pet stores.

Tell your friend they need to start using all the resources of the internet to learn more about birds BEFORE they start handing out harmful advice to other people with birds.I'm sure they meant well, and this kind of off-hand advice can still be harmful to someone's birds including their own birds.

As I said, I'm 60 and still learning something new everyday about birds, so we never learn it all no matter how long we work with them. Enjoy learning something new about your bird all the time. Every bit of learnig will help your bird and you to have a better life and more fun together.

Linda

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