Could anyone give me some advice on what I should do or what this is. My parakeet is named Jack. A couple weeks ago I noticed he had taken to the habit of occasionaly "biting" his legs. I really didnt think much of it, but just the other day I noticed some bumps on his legs. I really have no idea what they are. I dont want to take him to the vet if its nothing serious. I took some digital pics and posted them on my webserver. You can view them here:
www.fallara.net/jack1.jpg
www.fallara.net/jack2.jpg
Also, if anyone has links to some good sites on parakeet care, I would be very appreciative. I've been reading some books and what I can find on the web, but its proving difficult. Thanks in advance.
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Could anyone give me some advice on what I should do or what this is. My parakeet is named Jack. ... I've been reading some books and what I can find on the web, but its proving difficult. Thanks in advance.

You won't know if it is serious unlesss you take him to a vet.There are no DIY online diagnostics for sick birds.
Could anyone give me some advice on what I should do or what this is. My parakeet is named Jack. ... I've been reading some books and what I can find on the web, but its proving difficult. Thanks in advance.

Nothing serious? Would you go to a doctor if your legs looked like that? Take the damned bird to a qualified AVIAN vet asap! The poor thing has to be miserable. Nobody here can make a diagnosis or offer any advice other than take it to a vet who can* properly diagnose and treat the problem. It looks very much like scaly face mites to me (which can eventually kill a bird), but I'm not telling you that's what it is because *I'm not qualified to do so.

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Cannot believe you are serious asking about your bird..Dont you notice that the bird is very sick? Even if you dont know better just look into any other bird and you can see that your bird is sick. If you are serious about taking care of your bird, take responsabilty for the well being of the bird or find a suitable house with caring people.

Paulo
Definitely needs to see a qualified bird vet (usually called an avian vet). http://www.aav.org/vet-lookup /
Dave
Could anyone give me some advice on what I should do or what this is. My parakeet is named Jack. ... nothing serious. I took some digital pics and posted them on my webserver. You can view them here: www.fallara.net/jack1.jpg www.fallara.net/jack2.jpg

Would you waste any time in hauling your butt to the doctor if your feet looked like that??? For the love of god, take him to the vet.
Also, if anyone has links to some good sites on parakeet care, I would be very appreciative. I've been reading some books and what I can find on the web, but its proving difficult. Thanks in advance.

Google search, type in "parakeet care".
Could anyone give me some advice on what I should do or what this is. My parakeet is named Jack. ... on his legs. I really have no idea what they are. I dont want to take him to the vet

He has a bad case of scaly mite. He needs medication. He's slowly dying. Please take him to an avian vet, and be prepared to medicate him a couple times a day. Poor little thing. Emotion: sad Becky
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Could anyone give me some advice on what I should do or what this is. My parakeet is named Jack. ... I've been reading some books and what I can find on the web, but its proving difficult. Thanks in advance.

John,
Vet, ASAP.
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Could anyone give me some advice on what I should ... are. I dont want to take him to the vet

Don't you guys read? He says :" I dont want to take him to the vet" and what he means is that he could probably buy another 2 budgies for the price of 1 Vet visit, excluding the cost of medication which would buy another 2. Vet treatment would probably be a systemic, in all liklihood Ivomectin, which in the hands of an inexperienced pet owner, would end up killing the bird anyway.
This bird is not going to see a vet whatever happens, so lets tell him what to
do for it, to make it's life a little easier.
Fella your bird has sarcoptes mite which will also affect the nares. To treat it
apply a little olive oil with a Q tip around the nares and on the legs and feet.
The oil will suffocate the mites and the scaly growths will fall off eventually.
This advice is offered for the welfare of your bird. Not to save you money! Cheapskate.
Birdman.
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