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Lice on Parakeets...

I have two parakeets, is it posable for them to have lice, if yes how can I pervent them, with out harming my birds? and what do I need to help them throught the molting season?

 

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Re: Lice on Parakeets...

Welcome to the community, Preacher! I'll go ahead and look into this for you and provide you with a reply once I have some information. In the meantime, feel free to take a look around the community to check out relevant blog posts, articles, and other fun discussions with fellow pet parents! 

-Marie

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Re: Lice on Parakeets...

Hi again PreacherWhile it is possible for birds to get lice and mites, this is not something that healthy, domesticated birds normally carry, so they would have had to come into contact with an infected bird. Those parasites can cause itchy, scaly skin for the bird. We just want to clarify that they will also scratch and pick at themselves during the molting process to remove the sheath that covers the new feathers. This does not mean they have mites or lice. However, if you truly believe your bird has mites or lice, we suggest for you to consult with your veterinarian who will most likely treat them with an ivermectin based medication. 

As far as helping a bird during a molt, providing them with good, well balanced nutrition and a stress free environment is really all they need to get through this natural process for them. Keep them out of drafty areas and you can also lightly mist them to encourage them to preen themselves which will remove the sheaths once the new feathers are ready. Having 2 parakeets, they will most likely sit and preen each other. 

Let us know how this works for you! We'd love to hear about their progress.

-Marie

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