Knemidocoptic Mange (Scaly
Knemidocoptic mange, a common
skin disorder also known as scaly face mites, is
caused by spider like mites and results in crusty
buildup on your bird's face and skin.
Infected birds may exhibit honeycombed lesions
around their eyes, beak, nostrils and legs.
Budgerigars may sport scaly faces, and canaries may
develop flaky skin on their legs. Mites can cause a
fierce itch when they burrow
the skin, so birds may scratch - or they may seem
oblivious to the problem. Either way, these pets
need prompt veterinary attention. The doctor will
perform a skin scraping and check for parasites
under a microscope.
The avian veterinarian will prescribe two or three
or topical applications of ivermectin to kill the
mites. You'll notice considerable improvement after
just a few days, but complete the entire treatment
or these pesky parasites will quickly return. Treat
all exposed birds at the same time, because these
pests can spread to other birds. Over the counter
treatments are generally ineffective.
good news: This condition is easy to diagnose and
treat. To ensure a speedy and successful recovery
for your pet, consult your avian veterinarian
immediately if you suspect infestation.