Most of them are ok, except the one who showed the worst symptoms Minty. He hasn't shown any improvement and they had the treatment last Tuesday.
Sky, who only had a slight problem has a nice healthy looking cere now and her beak looks glossy too, so I think shes ok. Minty has still got a very crusty cere and his beak still looks grazed. How much improvement would you expect to see after two weeks, since his beak was badly grazed looking would you expect it to smooth out and gloss up, and his cere to look normal again
Our local vet recommended this avian vet to us but I'm very cautious to have to take Minty back again. If Minty's shown no improvement in the two week period what is the vet likely to do, would he just repeat the Ivermectin on his neck or insist that the Ivermectin would need to be injected to be effective. I soooooooo don't want him to inject my bird. His assistant is an ordinary vet training under him to become an avian vet, but he seemed no better. Our normal vet might be more trained with cats and dogs but at least I would trust them. Poor little Minty
Some birds (like people) react differently to medication, on the norm I'd say he should have shown some improvement by now. Keep him separated from the other birds and go and get some Scale & Mite lotion from your pet stockists. You will have to apply this twice a day with a cotton tip. Don't just follow the instructions. The way I treat mine with it is let the cotton tip be dripping with the stuff and liberally apply it to his beak, cere and beside his beak, I'd also apply to his feet as it usually spreads there too. It usually says don't let them injest it but I do - when you are wiping their beak with it they will grab it & suck it, let them. Otherwise if you don't wish to do it that way go to your normal vet and ask him to inject Minty with the invermectin.
Latest update Everyone other than Minty is looking ok. Bless little Minty he's lively enough but the Ivermectin has had no effect yet. Poor crusty baby budge. It will be two weeks on Tuesday so it looks like we'll have to go back to the scary vet man
The dosage can vary depending on the size and weight of the budgie. The spot on treatment is great. Works really well and is a dosage for the "average" 30 gram budgie. Of course, not all budgies are average. I wouldnt have any of my 200 budgies injected personally. I use the spot on treatment. Easy and works. Good luck with yours.
I have the best husband in the world. I couldn't face going back to that vet and have him insist on Minty having to have the injection. My husband is less emotionally involved with them and said if it was the only way for him to get better it would be worth it, so he took Minty and I stayed home. I feel awful about this and feel like I'm a bad mom for letting Minty down, but if I went and was a gibbering wreck that wouldn't have helped anyone. The good news is that the vet said Minty was showing signs of improvement and that as he (Minty) was there he would give him some more Ivermectin just to be sure. The vet remembered that I had been against an injection and dropped it on like last time. Since then Minty's cere is a lot better and his beak is beginning to improve although his feathers above his cere look as if the scalley face had started on them. The birds seem to be moulting again. They only finished their last moult at the beginning of August! I hope Anthea Turner stays away from my house with her white gloves as by the afternoon the shelves next to the birds look like its been snowing, thanks to bird dandruff! Still, keep dusting with a damp cloth and it looks ok for a few minutes anyway.
I simple cure for Scaly face is a good quality baby oil. Dip a cotton wool bud in the oil and smear it on the cere or legs. Massage it in and you will find the scale will come off. The oil smoothers the mites and they will leave. It only needs 1 or 2 treatments. If you can get it under the leg ring and massage it in by carefully turning the ring you will find the scale coming out. Take a feather quill and help get out the scale as it can restrict blood flow.
I keep a bottle in the Bird room and apply it by fingures to all my birds as I handle them.
Speaking of cures for scaly face/feet, I used plain vaseline, which I found works quite well. It doesn't come off as easily as oil, so it is easier to apply. And the birds really do forgive you, too. My budgie Johann had scaly face and feet, and now he is the tamest bird I have....go figure. I'm glad your birds are doing well now Billie!