air sac mite treatments
Hi I love your article. My females were plucked by the males during breeding, their heads are balding. Diet is good as others are in excellent feather eating same diet. 7 pairs are in a 6x5x2.5' aviary, with great lighting(natural and artificial), molting aid, iodide,egg....
They had fertile eggs but would not incubate, so I did and have quite a few hand reared babies(22) so the hens did not get exhausted or anything from rearing or laying.
How long and what should I give them to help with this vulture issue? My big beautiful blue back female is now a miniature turkey vulture. Oh they became bald mid February and still are and I took out the boxes totally march 1st.
Its upsetting albeit the females could care less, they are like moms man....with mohawks
Your title, "air sac mites treatment," leaves me wondering if you think they may have mites. After all the birds have gone to sleep, put your head real close to the area where they sleep and listen. If you hear a clicking sound as they breathe, it's most likely air sac mites. I had great success with Ivermectin and I have heard good things about a product called Scat. For feather mites, a pyrethrin based powder and a paper bag are what I have used. You don't have to shake the bag. Just the bird's moving around in the bag will get the powder on.
It's only the females you say so I doubt mites are the problem. If the males are still pecking at the females, I would separate the sexes. If they are no longer breeding, they should be starting to molt. Be especially careful to keep them warm. I know exactly what you are seeing when you say they look like they have mohawks.
Since feathers are made mostly of protein I think making a couple of dietary tweaks could improve things. I would add 3/4 tsp of a vitamin/mineral powdered supplement and 3/4 tsp of powdered soy protein isolate to 1 finely chopped hard cooked egg. I would let the birds have all the spray millet they want and I would be feeding soaked or sprouted seed rather than other vegetables for at least 2 - 3 weeks. If you do soak seed, follow the directions exactly to avoid souring. Australian finches need more Iodine in there diet than other finches and you said you were giving that supplement. If I think of anything else, I will send you a comment notice. Congratulations on the 22 chicks. Good Job, Jeanie