Possible Face Mites

by Jacqueline Ruiz
(Los Angeles )

Good Evening,

I came across your website in my desperate search for some help with my parakeet!
Here's a little background:
I purchased my first parakeet about 3 years ago and named him bleú. I've never had any problems with him. He has always been a happy and healthy parakeet.
Most recently I purchased another parakeet (within 3-6months) and names him Squirt. They both got along instantly!

This evening in me taking them both out to fly around I was holding squirt and noticed some very minor white crusty buildup on the side of his beak. Nothing on his beak but rather on the sides. Looking further at his beak I noticed that his beak did in fact have some whiteness to it and the smallest amount of what looked like blood to me.

In a panicked frenzy I immediately began google searching and believe it may possibly be mites!! I applied some canola oil to either side using a q-tip.

I have some questions and need major help!!!

did I do the right thing? Should I continue doing this? What should my next steps be? What should I do about bleú! I'm assuming he's already been exposed to this possible mites...

I am desperate and really need some help ASAP!

I look forward to hearing from you!
Jacqueline Ruiz

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May 11, 2015
white crusty buildup around beak
by: Tracie

First of all, do NOT put oil on your bird again. The bird will preen itself and spread the oil on it's wings etc. and this can cause all kinds of issues.

This could be a fungal infection or parasites. Either way, you will have to take the bird to an Avian Vet to be examined, diagnosed and treated. Also, if this turns out to be parasites, then your other bird will also have to be examined because the parasites will pass from bird to bird.

Do not try to treat your bird cage for mites with over the counter stuff from pet stores, it is toxic. Only use what is prescribed by an avian vet, and only treat if mites are diagnosed.

Please use this Find an Avian Vet link to find an avian vet for your bird so it can be examined to determine what is wrong and what the potential treatment might be.

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