Sounds like the baby could have mites. Worms can also make them very itchy.
They are nearly impossible to see with the naked eye. They can be seen, barely,if they have recently gorged.Just got back had to go get bird seed and go see STAR TREK!!! Sorry BIG GEEK
OK back to mites.......If he has them wouldn't birds out in the loft be showing some signs? What do they look like or are they too small to see? What I see on him almost looks like dandruff/dry skin.
If he does have them what can I do to treat them??
Good. As far as the fact that you are feeding him, rather than his parents, it wouldn't cause him to have dry skin. It never bothered any of the babies that I raised. Maybe the heating pad IS drying him out. How is the leg doing? Does he still need the heating pad? How has he been doing as far as starting to eat seeds? I know you were trying to get him to eat.OK I just checked him over with the magnifying glass and it is definately flakey skin, all different shapes and sizes and nothing was moving PHEW! I got all itchy as soon as I heard/read the words mites! LOL!
If it is just dry skin, I'm curious if the fact that I am feeding him,not the parents could be a factor?? With me he is on a diet of Kaytee, peas & corn where if they were feeding him he would be getting more seeds with natural oils??
If I try a bath first is there something I could add to the water?? A sort of moisturizer??