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Ivomec for Budgie with mites?

So I noticed that Nova looks like she's got scaly mites coming up on her beak and her feet are looking a little flaky. I couldn't afford to take her to the vets and didn't want to buy any pet store stuff for it so went to the normal vets and got some Ivomec (sheep drench) from over the counter.
I was told to apply it to her feet and that it's ok for her beak just make sure not to get any in her nostrils and that I could add some vaseline to it to make it into more of a paste. I was hoping for something more along the lines of putting a drop on the back of her neck because she's not tame and so tiny which makes it hard to handle her and was wondering if Ivomec can be used in that way or not?

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I use Ivermectin every 6 months with my birds to prevent it all together and it works out a lot cheaper. Just google it, it's readily available online. Make sure you get 0.1% not 1.0%. 1.0% would be too strong for your birds as they're all under 500g. I recommend doing it on all of them, just a drop on the back of the neck and you're sorted for 6 months Oh, the a whole bottle usually does my entire flock (and that's a LOT of birds) twice a year no problem so as long as yours doesn't go out of date then you will get a lot of use out of it

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I use Ivermectin every 6 months with my birds to prevent it all together and it works out a lot cheaper. Just google it, it's readily available online. Make sure you get 0.1% not 1.0%. 1.0% would be too strong for your birds as they're all under 500g. I recommend doing it on all of them, just a drop on the back of the neck and you're sorted for 6 months Oh, the a whole bottle usually does my entire flock (and that's a LOT of birds) twice a year no problem so as long as yours doesn't go out of date then you will get a lot of use out of it
That is super helpful. A person on the plet forum just adopted a bird that ended up having red mites. How can a person with indoor pet birds prevent this? Is this even something to be concerned about for indoor birds?
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Indoor birds can only get red mites from an infected bird that is in close contact, a perch or a branch that has them (they hide in them and only come out at night to suck the blood of the bird -the infestation has to be huge for them to actually be on the bird during the day).

I also use Ivermectin on any new canary or finch I get but not on the parrots as they never go outside.
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Ivomec is Ivermectin, Ivomec is just a brand name. Lynette was it the Oral Sheep Drench or the Spot On. It is pretty easy to tell as the Oral is clear like water and the Spot On is dyed blue. With the Oral for a budgie you can give 1 drop direct to the beak or the back of the neck. You don't need to put it anywhere else. Just spread the feathers on the back of the neck and put the drop directly onto the skin. The oral sheep drench is 0.08% dilution, which is basically the 0.1%.
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Ivomec is Ivermectin, Ivomec is just a brand name. Lynette was it the Oral Sheep Drench or the Spot On. It is pretty easy to tell as the Oral is clear like water and the Spot On is dyed blue. With the Oral for a budgie you can give 1 drop direct to the beak or the back of the neck. You don't need to put it anywhere else. Just spread the feathers on the back of the neck and put the drop directly onto the skin. The oral sheep drench is 0.08% dilution, which is basically the 0.1%.
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It doesn't say on the label but the liquid is clear, so I don't have to apply like the vet said it would be safe to put a drop on her neck? They also wrapped it up and said it has to be kept in the dark.

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That is super helpful. A person on the plet forum just adopted a bird that ended up having red mites. How can a person with indoor pet birds prevent this? Is this even something to be concerned about for indoor birds?
I prevent it by treating my birds every 6 months as a precaution, in the same way I do my cats and dogs with spot on every other month/month depending on the brand. I have always done it both on my indoors and my outdoor birds just in case

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Yes Lynette that's all you need to do, 1 drop to the back of the neck.
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I had a horrible time with tiny black mites. Not seen on the birds but on toys and such thinking it was dirt I rubbed them and they turned red from blood off the birds. When I found out it was because a mouse brought them in the bird room through the floor vent. Mice can squeeze into tiny openings! I keep the floor vent closed. I had to clean the WHOLE room where ever I found mouse droppings, including book shelves around the containers I keep food in. Had to wash all the toys, clean the cages as well. TWICE because I didn't kill them all the first time. Mites can come from different sources.

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My father had a horrible infestation with mites (the little small black ones that feed on the birds and then hide during the day). The best thing for them was SCATT (by vetafarm) Just one drop for a canary or budgie (or two for a larger bird like an english budgie) every 3 weeks for at least three applications (depends on the severity of the infestation). Then, when the mites feed, they die. This worked really well and very quickly, within a few days 90% of the mites were dead (although still present--so make sure they're just dead mites, which look very similar to sleeping mite, but they don't move when you poke at them).
I have never tried ivermectin, but was very happy with the SCATT--minimal handling, just once every 3 weeks.

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gemini1 - Thanks, I didn't know mice could bring them in, we get alot of mice around here so now I'll keep a better look out for mites

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I use Ivermectin every 6 months with my birds to prevent it all together and it works out a lot cheaper. Just google it, it's readily available online. Make sure you get 0.1% not 1.0%. 1.0% would be too strong for your birds as they're all under 500g. I recommend doing it on all of them, just a drop on the back of the neck and you're sorted for 6 months Oh, the a whole bottle usually does my entire flock (and that's a LOT of birds) twice a year no problem so as long as yours doesn't go out of date then you will get a lot of use out of it
Thanks Daisy, every six months is a great idea, do you think that the Cockatiels should be treated with it to or is it mainly just Budgies

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I'd go ahead and treat everybody

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