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*libby*    0

Well a friend of mine works at a local pet shop here in Perth (if you'd like to know the name of it PM me)

She informed me they had some birds that really ought not be there, let alone up for sale. So I told her to give them an ultimatum or else i'd make a complaint. They handed the birds over to her willingly, then she in turn handed them over to me for treatment.

I expected them to be bad, as she said they had scaley face, but not this bad!

There's one hen (sky violet opaline spangle) and one cock (mauve violet opaline spangle).

The cock is in very poor condition, he's light as a feather and his beak is soooo bad!

The hen has a badly deformed beak, very badly affected feet and nails, but over all seems to be in a much better condition than the cock.

 

Here are some pics of them, as the treatment goes on i'll show you their progress. Presuming they make it that far(fingers crossed)

 

sick1.jpg - cock left side

 

sick2.jpg - cock right side

 

sick3.jpg - cock feet

 

sick4.jpg - cock feet again

 

sick5.jpg - hen left side

 

sick6.jpg - hen right side

 

 

 

sick7.jpg - hen left foot

 

sick8.jpg - hen right foot

 

sick9.jpg - both feet

 

sick10.jpg - After their first treatment and feed. They got wormed, given sulphadim and a soft food mix. looking a bit better already, but still horribly sick :wub:

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That is absolutely horrific. I find it incredible that they even ended up with them in the first place! Personally if I ownded a pet shop I wouldn't be taking birds that were sick at all.

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Sunnie    0

Uggghh what poor poor creatures :wub:

Will their beaks grow back and healthier with treatment? I really hope so. Good on you for taking them to make them better Lib :)

How are they eating?? I mean, do they have appetites?

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Neat    0

HOLY H ELL !!!!!!!!

good on ya libb for taking them !!! that Petshop should have a visit from RSPCA!!! that is totally uncalled for ... I feel sick now !

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*libby*    0

The hen has a decent body weight, but the cock nothing what so ever... so we're crop feeding him until he's better... poor lad :wub:

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**Liv**    0

:wub: That makes me furious!! furious.gif those poor birds :)

 

Well done Libby for giving these guys a second chance :angel1:

 

I might also add, it's not nesasarly the pet shop that is at fault here. It is actually the person who sold the birds to the shop who did this to them - it must be months, perhaps years of neglect :wacko:

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A spot of ivomec on the back of the neck and daily application of a thin film of liquid parrafin to the feet, legs, vent, beak and skin around the beak until it clears, and trimming the beak should fix that within a month or so. The scaley mites get into wood perches as well, so pet shop will need to thoroughly clean out cages, dishes etc, and wash perches, then lightly oil/wax them with eucalyptus oil or liquid parrafin to get rid of scaley mites burrowed into the wood, otherwise the next bird on the perch will get the scaley mites as well.

 

A light mist each month with a mite spray should be sufficient as future preventative, and any birds that have been in close proximity to these birds in the pet shop need to be treated with a spot of ivomec or a light misting with a mite spray as well.

 

Be careful with the ivomec as too much is poison. My preferred method of application for my birds is to dip a cotton bud in ivomec and wipe a small spot of the ivomec on to the feathers on the back of the neck. Ivomec both de-louses and de-worms the birds. Take care with combinations of ingested medications on the birds as they can interact with each other to the detriment of the birds. One medicine at a time.

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*libby*    0

They're receiving scaly face ointment for treatment, which is what I do for all cases (not using Ivermectin as of yet)

The beaks have all ready been trimmed and extra little bits of scaly face that could be have been picked off.

Both are eating and looking okay-ish... Although the cock is still VERY light, but alot more alert.

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maesie    0

Good on you Libby, you're a saint. Those poor birds... how could anyone let them get to that stage... makes me sick :D . I hope they get through it and get to live a long and happy life in your aviary!

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*libby*    0

They'll probably be going back to my friend as she has 2 of my birds as it is :D

although the pretty hen if she makes a good recovery would be nice to breed with. Her colour is superb and she's still young :)

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missylu    0

Um hello are they stupid????? Anyone could see that they are not right that is absolutely discusting i would be trying to track down where the petshop brought them from and getting the rspca onto them! It is not an overnight thing that is months of neglect!Those poor little things well atleast they are in GREAT hands now goodluck with them i am sure they will turn into lovely birds being with you!

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Norm    0

Unbelievable Libby, just shows you how little some know, as it’s quite easy to treat, I can’t believe that the pet shop would take them off of anyone & introduce them to their shop, crazy. I think like DrNat said Ivermectin would be the best way to go with them, as it even looks like in one picture the mite has even spread to the vent area. Just the one treatment with Ivermectin is all it will need & less stress on birds already in a bad state.

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**Liv**    0

How are they today Libby???

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Neat    0

UPDATE PLEASE

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*libby*    0

They made it through the night :) they hen is acting like a normal healthy bird, and the cock has perked up alot!

They've just had their morning crop feed and both are eating their seed and drinking :)

His body weight is still ridiculasly low though, but hers is still normal and their poos have become more solid.

She lost her toe nail yesterday (the one seen slightly bloody in the picture above) Apparently it already wasn't connected to her at all, only by the burrows of the mites... She's not noticed the loss however.

So over all to make it through the night is the best outcome I could've hoped for :D

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**Liv**    0
They made it through the night :D they hen is acting like a normal healthy bird, and the cock has perked up alot!

They've just had their morning crop feed and both are eating their seed and drinking :D

His body weight is still ridiculasly low though, but hers is still normal and their poos have become more solid.

 

So over all to make it through the night is the best outcome I could've hoped for :D

 

Great news! I am so pleased they have made it trough their first night :D The male will take a bit to put on some weight. he probbaly also has worms so when they clear they weight will hopfully stack on :D

 

She lost her toe nail yesterday (the one seen slightly bloody in the picture above) Apparently it already wasn't connected to her at all, only by the burrows of the mites... She's not noticed the loss however.

 

Thats horrble :) So the mites actually slowly dismember their host until the host dies of infection :):

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*libby*    0

No idea, the nail could've been half ripped off before that and they lived of it's living tissue... Either way she's missing a fair few, the poor girl... I'm just not looking forward to picking the bits off, that's the part which sucks!

Yep, they've both been wormed :)

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Neat    0

awww mate ..... i hope they pull through

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Tam    0

You have done an amazing thing rescuing those poor birds :) Good luck, I will be waiting for updates :D

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Norm    0

I wouldn’t worry about picking anything off Libby; once the mites are dead their natural system will shed all the dead stuff. Once birds are treated for air sack mites it’s amazing how quick they look good. Such at relief for the poor buggers

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birdluv    0

that is such a shame, l'm glad that your friend sought out your help to help them.

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*libby*    0

Well all the yucky bits have gone and been removed, they're having more treatment still, I'll update photo's in a few days :)

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Sunnie    0

I look forward to seeing the new photos and seeing them looking happier and healthier :)

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**Liv**    0

Thats great news :wub: I look forward to the photos too

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jenene283    0

Libby you are an angel sent from heaven to care for these poor poor birds, :angel1: How are they going?? I hope they are continuing to improve.......

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