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SCATT versus S76
We often get inquiries asking which Airsac mite treatment to choose. We hope the following will help you decide. If you're still unsure, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-579-7974.
For additional information, please read No. 1 Killer of Gouldian Finches
| ||The life cycle of the airsac mite is 14 - 21 days. SCATT remains active in the birds blood stream for three weeks. In most cases this allows one application to kill the airsac mites. During the 21 days Scatt will kill the adult mites and any eggs that might hatch.
S76 when diluted in water only remains active for 7 to 8 hours. Therefore S76 needs to be administered in the drinking water two days per week for three weeks (21 days) in order to kill the life cycle of the airsac mites.
Stress on you and your birds
| ||S76 for flock treatment involves less stress for both the birds and the breeder because it is an in water treatment which does not require the birds to be captured and handled.
To Use SCATT one has to catch each bird and apply a drop of product directly to the skin.
Stress on delicate internal organs
| ||S76 is in the birds blood stream only for the 24-48 hour period that it is in the drinking water and thus only affects the other internal organs for a short time.
SCATT remains in the birds blood stream for 3 weeks (normally only one application is necessary) placing more stress on the birds internal organs.
Treats multiple parasites
| ||S76 eradicates airsac mites, worms and external parasites, but also contains health stimulants. S76 has a bactericidal effect in the back of the throat where it will kill any unwanted bacteria, improving the overall health of the bird.
SCATT eradicates airsac mites and red mites.
S76 can be used on the birds at any stage of their breeding cycle. It will not cause harm to the health and fertility of mature birds, fledglings or eggs.
SCATT is not recommended for use on birds younger that 6 months of age.
Scaly Face Mite
Both products are effective for treatment of the Scaly Mite.
Birds infected with the airsac mite should be placed in a hospital cage. Following the airsac treatment birds should be given Amoxitex (antibiotic) for two days to help with secondary lung infections.
Mites do live dormant in the airways in certain birds. These immature forms become active when the bird is ill, stressed or during hot weather. Suddenly the problem appears and then spreads throughout the flock again.
Death may occur
Unfortunately either treatment is not always as rewarding as we would like for it to be. Some heavily airsac mite infested birds can die two to seven days after treatment due to asphyxiation, resulting from the accumulation of dead mites obstructing the air ways.
© lady gouldian finch.com 2011
by Alan Simpson
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