on the last straw with my vet. Nit eggs?

by Jessica
(Groves, Texas)

My parakeet was fine one day then when we woke up one morning it was like someone had put styling gel in his head feathers. We took him to the vet and he took a scraping of his feathers and said it looked like protein build up from nit eggs. He gave us a spray to put on him and it seemed to work until he was through with the spray then it came back worse than before.

The vet wants to refill the prescription but hes trying to charge double the price than last time. In your opinion does he even know whats wrong with my bird or am i just quick cash? Also do you know whats wrong with my bird?

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Sep 10, 2012
Trich on feathers?
by: The Avian Vet

Trich on his feathers?

Dr B

Sep 06, 2012
answers for the vet
by: Jessica

We can't see the eggs. The vet scraped afew of his feathers and put it under a microscope. We didn't get to see anything. His feathers on his head are stiff to the touch and when you rub his head it flakes like dry gel. The prescription is a mix of ivomec and chlorhexidine solution. 4oz. We have to spray him once a day until its gone. When he gets the spray he is great and his feathers look and feel normal. However if we dont spray him for one day, the next day he doesnt sleep on one foot he looks bad and wont sing. We have had a mite infestation before and treated it fully. This looks nothing like mites. What ever it is has to be comming from his mouth to be that sticky, doesnt it?

Sep 06, 2012
Need picture of nit eggs
by: The Avian Vet

Can you send a picture? It may be a simple as your bird being in a molt and the protein build up is the keratin sheath on new feathers. Bird’s do get lice, and nits can be found in the feathers when birds have lice, but I have never seen nor heard of a mite infestation that is as you describe. What spray did you use? What prescription is being refilled?

You can post a new question with a picture and answer these questions at http://www.parrot-and-conure-world.com/ask-the-avian-vet.html

Dr B

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