Possible Face Mites
by Jacqueline Ruiz
(Los Angeles )
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!