So are all of mine as well, and I feel the same way . We will wait for better photos.Hi Karyn,
Thanks for responding! I will retake the pix when I get home tonight to get better detail and try to get the new photos posted. My pigeons are just pets but I love them.
Tiff, parts of your story sound very familiar to me, as I have been there too. I think many vets are well meaning and there are some that really know their stuff, but it can be hit and miss with them at times. I know from experience how very frustrating this can be, especially when you are spending a ton of money and ending up with dead birds.Hi Karyn,
Thanks for checking back. I just got something from Jedds but I will order some Scatt. I hate to say this but I have never had any luck with vets doing anything with birds. Even avian vets. They all want to run $1200.00 worth of tests and then still have no idea what the problem is with the bird. I have had this so many times ( I can truly think of 6 off the top of my head). The first time that happened to me they charged me the $1200.00 (which I paid because I was thinking whatever the bird had at the time would spread to the rest of them). The avian specialist ran a million tests, gave me some injectable Baytril, and said my bird would be fine. She was dead an hour later. And the tests he ran were all inconclusive. I ended up losing two other birds that time, switched vets, more tests, had a necropsy done by the county on one bird and got nowhere. My birds stopped dying when I found a pigeon owner thru a local pet store who gave some meds for my little flock, and recommended some vitamins. One other sick bird recovered and everyone else was fine after that but I lost some real sweethearts due to all that. I had similar experiences since. I have read this forum for years without joining and could see that people here are pigeon folks with a lot of expertise. Your thoughts make a lot of sense. I am anxious to check out the info on the mites. I will post again soon and hopefully help Pete get better soon. Thank you again!
Tiff, one of the other treatments for scaly face mites is a product that is contains liquid paraffin, which is essentially mineral oil, I myself would probably get a small bottle of mineral oil and a small brush and paint a bit on the face patch and carefully around the eye crust as well, as a sort of two pronged attack (the liquid smothers them). Mineral oil is a liquid petrolatum and since petrolatum makes up the base of almost all ointments used in the eyes, such as Terramycin, even if a touch of the mineral oil were to get in his eye, there would be no issue with this (careful around the nostrils).Got the Scatt and put it on everyone last night. One thing I learned is that my Pete is a strong boy. After I put the first drop on him he wasn't sure he liked it and decided to struggle. It actually made me glad to see how strong he is. I did do all of my birds. The hard part is I won't have any way to know if it worked since the "scales" on Pete's neck and face will probably never go away and like I said he never did seem to itch or scratch. I will probably retreat them all as soon as the directions allow and keep the aviary treated. Do really old pigeons get any kind of natural growths aroung their eyes or beaks? I have known other people with pigeons but I am not sure any of them were as old as some of my gang is right now (16 and 14 years). Thanks again, Karyn. I will update on my pidgie team. Do you have any pics posted of your birds?