Worried about mites on my new cockatiel, can someone have a look who knows about these things?

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Hmmm interesting we used to use a warm compress (bit of material with warm NOT hot water) a few times a day to soften those up keeping it disinfected with a little antiseptic (fqo watered down would do it) and gently rubbing them to try to keep them blockage free and upping the intake of vitamin A as that's usually something to do with the blockages. Have you tried any of this?
But obviously your vet will know best not trying to teach anybody to suck eggs and I am not a vet it just kind of pinged my bran a little there .... almost woke up another brain cell!! Dangerous!!
Yeh the problem i have is stress, the poor little man gets very stressed, i tried dunking him like the vet said, warmish water and then i dunked his rear end, i did the towel too and spray but each time he just gave up, you know when they scream and squawk but then get so stressed they sort of just go floppy like they have decided its time to be eaten, i couldnt put him through that over and over, poor thing was a mess. Im just following the vets advice. He told me he could try an operation, he has never done it before but he would be willing to try if its the last chance but then i told him hes 10, he was convinced he was only 3-4, said at 10 there would be such a small % chance to survive so its been a lot of waiting in the hopes this weird finger would be knocked off. Multiple times i have woken up to the bottom of the cage red/white goo with blood and goo from the area, he seems to get very upset and quiet then this blood appears and hes all perky and happy again, like the release of that helped him, its just a very upsetting situation.

Can i ask, do you agree its the best thing to do, to take him to the vet? I keep second guessing myself, i keep thinking if he dies of stress it would be my fault and if i didn't take him he would still be alive but then on the other hand if the vet can remove some of the lump he might have a whole new happy life for the next few months/years. The risk is will he survive the stressful vet visit. I think its the right thing to do but i just cant decide. What would you do?
 

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Only thing I can add is that an op on such a small bird I understand is not always successful. As @DizzyBlue mentions maybe trying increasing his Vit A content. Got to be worth a try?
 

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Only thing I can add is that an op on such a small bird I understand is not always successful. As @DizzyBlue mentions maybe trying increasing his Vit A content. Got to be worth a try?
I have given him a multivitamin in his water regularly and he munches down carrots regularly too, he should have decent blood levels. The problem is the damage has been done, his gland is damaged beyond repair now, its not what you imagine, its very messy, its all black and a complete mess so it will never get better/back to normal, its all about making Dicky comfy, i was taking him every 4 weeks to get it looked at for a while until we decided we should leave it and see if it falls off as it just got so damaged and messy. Its heartbreaking really, im just hoping the vet can help him so i dont have to say goodbye to my best friend. He has sat next to me for the last 10 years and i cant imagine life without him really, i will miss his little chats, he talks all day and we have little conversations, hes amazing.
 

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Oh no didn't mean that it can be cured meant the build-up could be removed to make more comfortable
Have had birds that I have taken on with the issue, young and strong enough then can live without the gland and have it removed. But older birds can only try and make life more comfy.
Sounds like a really good little companion you have there :heart1: budgies are such sweeties have a few myself not sure if it's those cute little faces or the lovely babbling sound they make which is more endearing.
 

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Oh no didn't mean that it can be cured meant the build-up could be removed to make more comfortable
Have had birds that I have taken on with the issue, young and strong enough then can live without the gland and have it removed. But older birds can only try and make life more comfy.
Sounds like a really good little companion you have there :heart1: budgies are such sweeties have a few myself not sure if it's those cute little faces or the lovely babbling sound they make which is more endearing.
I was swithering what to do when he does say goodbye and i went back and forth but decided on another budgie, i need a little pal for next to me, due to health issues i dont currently work so he sits about 1foot away all day chatting so i need to have that, i thought maybe a cockatiel like Daffy but they arent as.......i dont know, they dont chat like budgies do, i feel that a budgie gives so much for its little size and the effort of keeping one, dicky never fails to make me laugh at least once a day, he keeps me company and we chat back and forth all day. So much so when im out the house, say at a doctors appointment i will sit in the waiting room and let out little random whistles....its like tourettes or something but its just because im so used to chatting with my best little buddy all day :)
 

DizzyBlue

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That make me laugh budgie tourettes I think you just coined a phrase for what a lot of us have :risas3:
 

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I would take both Daffy and Dickie to the vet. Dickie might be calmer with a traveling companion (different cages).
Personally I wouldn’t apply mite spray without a proper diagnosis. It’s a dangerous insecticide (it kills insects!) and birds already have fragile breathing systems. Many vets have said how dangerous it is to get those round anti mite boxes that you attach to the cage and the bird has to breathe next to it. If it’s mites, then the vet will give you the correct treatment in the correct dose.
 

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I would take both Daffy and Dickie to the vet. Dickie might be calmer with a traveling companion (different cages).
Personally I wouldn’t apply mite spray without a proper diagnosis. It’s a dangerous insecticide (it kills insects!) and birds already have fragile breathing systems. Many vets have said how dangerous it is to get those round anti mite boxes that you attach to the cage and the bird has to breathe next to it. If it’s mites, then the vet will give you the correct treatment in the correct dose.
Little update. I got a call from my vet and he said not to worry since the ivermectin dose in the over the counter medicines is so small he had no worries at all, he said i would be hard pressed to do any damage with such a small dosage. The tube i used was a total of 25 micrograms, its miniscule but i put it on and the day after both his nostrils were unclogged and sort of powder came out of the nostrils and now he's seemingly back to how he should be, there are no new crusty parts since and it seems like his cere is starting to look a bit better. Thought i would update in case this helps anyone in the future and thanks for all the help everyone, it was very much appreciated.
 

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Good to hear all is getting better with the cere
If the vet thinks its a tiny amount then just make sure you keep an eye on things in case its so tiny that it doesn't kill all of those little pesky mites.
 
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