Kates FHH had feather mite. I sprayed her with frontline dog spray on her back and under the wings. It seems to have done the trick, I took a gamble though as I did not ask anyone. If you do not have a problem I would suggest that you do not need to take any action though. It is not often they get anything.
Sep 17, 2008 - 12:32PM
Re: Re: Frontline advice
Hi m8 I have put a post on the falconry forum to ask if anyone knows !!
You could have a look at the answers I get on there.
Does he have any fleas !!
The bird seed place at (Manor farm Brington???) have some spray's I think they do a large spry can of heavy duty stuff it cost a few quid!!
Sep 18, 2008 - 10:41AM
Re: Frontline advice
Hi, Thanks Glynne & Lee
I don't think he has got fleas but as you do reading in the hawking books it advises that you treat for fleas before moult and after moult. I shall take your advice and have a chat at the next meeting. Cheers
I treated our Tawny Owl for flatflies using Frontline spray as advised by Neil Forbes. It cured the problem, and I just sprayed once under each wing as they go for the body, i would imagine all parasites on birds go for the body, so under the wings seems logical. However, I'm also a believer in if it ain't broke, don't fix it...if he doesn't have a problem, I wouldn't bother, but would have the spray on hand in case, that's not to say it's detrimental to spray him, it wouldn't hurt, my point is that if he doesn't have them, it wouldn't help anything either...but in answer to poart of your question, I see no reason why you couldn't use it with a Harris, but seeking vetrinary advice on usage might be a good idea. Anybody else ever used Frontline on Raptors? If so - did it work?
Mites/lice - check the bird at night, red mites generally only feed on the bird at night and live in the housing the rest of the time. Heavy infestations of flat flies and similar can cause significant blood loss especially in young birds so regular checks should be made and treat accordingly. Pyrethrin sprays are effective as most treatments, but also don;t forget to treat the housing in cases of red mite. Frontline spray is fine and can be used in birds of all ages but be care with use on feathers, being alcohol based it can dry and make the feathers brittle if used excessively and chill young birds if used excessively. It is not licensed for birds and as such if you use it your vet may ask you to sign a disclaimer (although it is soon to lose its POM licence). Ivermectin type drugs are also used, but again not licensed so speak to your vet prior to using such drugs.