Scaly face infections - no longer a problem. Scaly face infections
have been around as long as we have been breeding budgies. There
are more cures around than there are infections - none of which
have been terribly successful. Vetaclub members (editors note
- and US aviculturists) now have exclusive access to the best
new treatment available - Scatt.
Canary and pigeon breeders also benefit from this exciting
new product. Cnemidocoptes pili is the name of the little mite
which burrows in the skin of the bird to cause the condition
we call Scaly Face. This little mite is very hardy, he can live
off the bird for long periods and his burrowing and egg laying
ability is impressive. Eradicating the disease Killing the mite
is relatively easy, eradicating the disease from an aviary is
What most people forget is that the mite lays eggs under the
skin of the bird. These eggs are not drowned by paraffin oil
or Dettol, nor are they killed by insecticides. It is the hatching
of the eggs under the skin and their growth to adults that makes
eradication difficult - until now! Scatt incorporates a new
class of chemicals combined in a friendly carrier that can be
applied to the skin of the bird. Other things have been applied
to skin that have either had moderate effect or have caused
severe irritation to the bird. I did hear of a group of canaries
that suffered many deaths from a cattle ” pour- on “ preparation.
These poor birds went into a frenzy after application of the
drug - it appears that cow hide is a little thicker than canary
The long activity time of Scatt
means that hatching eggs are killed before they develop to adults.
It also means that if adults get back onto the bird within 3 weeks
of treatment they are also killed as they begin to burrow - problem
solved! All the birds in the aviary should be treated together
so that the mite has nowhere to harbour. Remember to treat all
new introductions. Not only does Scatt
rid the birds of Scaly face, it also works for Air sac mite in
canaries and Gouldians, and all the mites of pigeons.
information please contact The Birdcare Company, 21-22 Spring
Mill Industrial Estate, Avening Road, Nailsworth. Glos GL6 0BS.
Tel Int + 44 1453 835330. Fax Int + 44 1453 834302. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org