GuideTreat air sac mites
Target GroupCorvids
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There are also many factors where a similar situation can give different results. For example: access to a veterinarian, lack of time, lack of knowledge and previous experience can include cause large differences in the treatment and decision-making process and indirectly also the end result. Knowledge of basic things can make a huge difference in the stress level of the crow. For example. avoid anything that is black or checkered. They do not like it instinctively and it creates stress when they see that you are dealing with something that is black.
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This guide describes what to do with birds that have contracted air sac mites

Information about the parasite

The air sac mite (Sternostoma tracheacolum) is a 0.7 mm long & nbsp; parasite that attacks the bird’s airways and air sacs. The parasites like moisture and that is exactly why they choose to settle there. They are very difficult to detect with the naked eye as they are so small. It is not possible to get rid of the mites without treatment and an untreated case of air sac mites leads to death.

As time goes on the number of mites in the bird’s air sacs increases, making the bird harder and harder to breathe. More developed symptoms are coughing, sneezing, clicking sounds when the bird breathes, wet nostrils, heavy breathing, often with an open beak, that the tail wiggles from strenuous breathing and that the bird becomes weaker and weaker. In the end, the mite infestation will result in the bird being suffocated to death if left untreated, and one can imagine that it must be terrible to slowly suffocate to death.

NOTE: Air sac mites are highly contagious. If air sac mites are suspected, quarantine the bird immediately.

Medicine and Dosage:

Medicate with the active substance Ivermectin.

For an adult raven / crow (300 grams +):
For a quay / young crow / raven (50-300 grams):

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