Lorikeet lice

by Lauren
(Queensland)

How do you rid a lorikeet of lice? I recently found a wild lorikeet and would like to release it back into the wild. It is only a young one, we think it may have fallen or been kicked out of the nest. In the mean time as i have birds I don't want an infestation of lice. So what is the best way to get rid of lice?

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Jan 02, 2011
Lice on bird
by: The Avian Vet

It depends on what kind of lice. If it is sucking lice you will need a systemic treatment called ivermectin. This is a prescription only available from a veterinarian. If they are feather lice you can use a topical powder like diatomaceous earth or Sevin Dust. (Keep from your eyes and the bird's eyes.)

Dr B

Jan 01, 2011
Lorikeet lice
by: Linda

The bird will have to be taken to an Avian Vet, diagnosed as to fact it does have lice and treated accordingly. Please do not use any over the counter meds on this bird because they are not safe and will do far more damage than they do good. We recommend any sick or infested birds be takent to an Avian Vet.

There is a link on this site for help in finding one if you can't find one through the registry there in Queensland. Find an Avian Vet

Thanks for writing,
Linda

PS all wild birds will have various pests on them in the form of lice or mites. There is no way to rid all of them of their passengers. You can give this one a good start though by having an Avian Vet treat its lice as well as make sure it is healthy in other ways as well. Talk with Avian Vet about how contageous this form of lice is as well to make sure you aren't going to be bringing them back into your home.

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