tiny worm like parasites in my birds feathers

hello,my cocateil has got some very tiny worms in between the feathers at the nech andcheek region....these tiny worm like creatures are visible thru naked eyes,rusty brown in colour,due to which my bird itches.I had got the bird recently from an ordinary pet shop,not so hygenic......plz suggest me a remedy as soon as possible as there are no good avian vets near by....

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Feb 16, 2013
by: Anonymous

thankyou very much for the valuable comments.....i will make sure i find a vet soon and accordingly treat my pet....thanks a lot for informing me about the threat which can cause my bird its life and no way its acceptable to me.....maybe i became a bit lazy but i will take care from now on coz i really love my birds.....god bless u....

Feb 16, 2013
by: Alex

I have a cat and dog vet nearby who saw my birds during an emergency as the avian vet was over an hour away.

They prescribed anti-biotics and liased with the avian vet by phone..

Look up the phone number for an avian vet and they will happily speak to your local vet and advise.

Good luck and as Linda said DON'T DELAY! Birds only have a small amount of blood.

Feb 15, 2013
tiny worm like parasites in my birds feathers
by: Linda

You cannot put anything on this bird until you know what these parasites are. The rusty brown color is from sucking your bird's blood, so get her to an Avian Vet ONLY in your area. If you have to drive a ways to get there, then do so because your bird is going to die from blood loss shortly.

Do not use any over the counter preparations on bird because they are toxic to birds. She will have to be diagnosed and treated by an Avian Vet only. If worse comes to worse, a good dog and cat vet can find out what these parasites are, and make sure they understand how dangerous chemicals are to birds so they recommend something non-toxic. Dog and cat vets are not licensed or trained in the care of birds, so you will have to be your bird's advocate.

As for NOT taking bird to some kind of vet, this is totally unacceptable. When we have birds, we also have to have an Avian Vet within driving distance for when they are sick or ijured.If this is not possible, then have another kind of pet.I'm not being mean here, just realistic.

Do not delay getting your bird help or it will die from blood loss and secondary infections from being low on blood.Do not put anything on this bird unless an Avian Vet or a very well trained dog and cat vet prescribes it. Everything on the market is poison for birds, and bird will die. Bird will die without help from some kind of vet, so get your bird help.

You may 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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