Feather mites may be munching away
Feather Mites...Make sure your canary doesn't turn into mite poop by
at your canary right now.
As the name indicates these mites live in and feed
on the feathers of your canary or other pet bird. Some of these mites
even burrow into the shaft of the feather and eat until the feather
Although these feather mites are not a threat to
your bird's life they may be a threat to his sanity!
A pretty good indication that there is a mite
No one likes a bald bird...
Don't confuse bald spots with the annual molt
however. During molt your canary will look a little shaggy but an
otherwise normal looking canary with a bald spot is probably feather
Bald spots may me be due to other conditions as well such as stress or malnutrition or even...
Your bird may get so irritated by these
mites he will start plucking his feathers out. And...
Once your canary starts feather plucking it can
develop into a terrible
habit-->He may continue feather plucking even
after all mites have been sent packing. And, of course, he'll be so preoccupied with the mites he'll probably stop singing and that's a big bummer.
I suggest you treat for mites on a regular
basis to prevent this from happening. See how in a minute.
If you suspect feather mites hold your bird up to a
light, spread his wing out and look for...
Tiny Holes in the Shafts of the Feather.
Some feather mites actually burrow into the shaft of
the feather. If you see holes...you've got mites...or at least your
Not all mites burrow into the feathers so...
Just because you don't see the holes doesn't mean
your canary has no mites. He may have red mites instead, but...
If you DO see holes it's definitely time to step up
your canary care and start...
Mite spray will do a lot of good for killing mites in the cracks
and crevices of the cage as well as on your pet bird's feathers.
These spray treatments will only kill the adult mites so you'll have to treat 3 or 4 times at 7 day intervals to make sure
your getting the mite larvae as they hatch out.
Mathew M. Vriends
gives good advice on the use of mite treatments...
Use a mite treatment every 3 months even if
you DON'T see mite symptoms. It will help keep your bird's feathers and skin mite free
...will keep him singing...and FLYING!
Mite and lice spray is very
affordable. You will find it at your local pet store or at Petsmart.com.
For more on how to "LISTEN" to your canary's body language and how to recognize subtle symptoms see CanaryBirdLISTENING.com
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