Dr Rob Marshall S76 – Bird mite in water prevention / treatment medicine
S76 is administered in the drinking water, which is the most convenient and effective method for treating individual or flock birds against bird mites.
S76 can be used to treat ALL mites living inside a bird’s body or mites that bite your birds and suck blood. Eg Red Mites.
Any mite that lives inside of a bird or will bite a bird and suck blood will be killed by S76!
S76 will kill red mite and northern mites, air sac mites, feather mites, blood parasites, blood sucking lice, flies and roundworms.
S76 is safe for birds of all species and ages e.g zebra finches, parrot finches, owl finches, canaries, star finches, gouldian finches and being particularly useful for juveniles, breeding pairs and during the moult as well as all parrots, pigeons and poultry!
Air-sac mites live in the respiratory tract of birds. This potentially fatal disease is seen in many finch species.
Two species that are most susceptible to these mites are Gouldian Finches and Canaries.
Wheezing, clicking, sucking, sneezing, coughing, neck stretching, nostril discharge, open mouth breathing and excessive beak wiping.
Studies have found that the adult female mite produces eggs that hatch within the female and are then born alive as nymphs.
Experiments indicate that the life cycle (egg to adult) can take place in 6 days. This nymph stage does not always mature immediately. Often it remains in dormancy within the respiratory tract for extended periods of time. Stressful periods (breeding, moulting and high temperatures) triggers maturity of the air-sac mite. The immature forms of the mite become active when the bird is ill, stressed or during hot weather. The problem can appear suddenly and spread throughout the flock quickly.
Transmission Air-sac mites are transmitted through direct contact of adults feeding regurgitated food to their young and also through courtship feeding between adults. Research suggest that transmission of this mite occurs by adult non-pregnant females that migrate out of the nares (nostrils) onto the head plumage and eventually into a new host. Therefore, a complete cleaning of the nest, cage, aviary and environment must be done on the 2nd day of S76 treatment with a good avian pyrethrum based insecticide (Vetafarm Insect Liquidator)
The frequency and duration of S76 administration differs between those birds showing active symptoms of infestation and those on a preventative plan.
Please use only as instructed, by adding more than stated or giving S76 more often than advised will not help your bird/s any quicker and this is why initial treatment needs to be spread out over a course of 4 weeks to ensure the whole life cycle of the mite is killed.
Regularly scheduled treatments should be maintained to keep the adult number of mites under control. Large numbers of adult air-sac mites killed off at the same time may cause a blockage in the respiratory tract, which can cause suffocation.
Aviary / Flock Treatment with S76:
For initial treatment give 3 consecutive days for the first week and then repeated for 2 days each week for a further 3 weeks.
- Remove all other water sources including fresh greens, fruit and vegetables on the days of the S76 treatment
- Remove all water tubes the night before each S76 treatment. Using this technique will ensure that all the birds are thirsty the next morning and will prevent the birds from drinking in the morning before you have had chance to place the S76 in their drinking water. Immediately after mixing S76 each morning, replace the water tubes and each bird will take a big drink.
- Mix S76 fresh each morning of treatment – Do not mix large quantities and store for the multiple day treatment, as S76 is only potent for 7-8 hours once mixed in water and will prevent waste.
Quik Gel can be included in the treatment plan as an immediate and important sustained energy source to help accelerate recovery, act as a disinfectant and stress vitamin.
Individual Bird Treatment:
Individual birds with symptoms of air-sac mites should be removed to the hospital cage for treatment.
You can treat and supply your birds with emergency support – Thrive, NV Powder or Quik- Gel – one day before the application of the undiluted S76.
Apply directly to the skin on the bird’s neck for 5 consecutive days, Continue using the emergency support in the drinking water (mix fresh daily)for the 5 days of treatment OR add S76 in the water treatment for 3 days for the first week and repeated for 2 days each week for a further 3 weeks and do not add the emergency support only S76. Repeat S76 drinking water treatment and one application topically each week until all signs of mite have disappeared (recovery varies from 2-8 weeks depending upon the severity of infection.) Usual cure time is 3-4 weeks with mild infestations.
As a Precaution / Preventative Plan:
A preventative plan is introduced after the initial treatment.
S76 is administered for 2 consecutive days each month to Juveniles (Summer & Autumn) and Adult birds during the moult (Winter & Spring).
S76 & Quik Gel is given 1 day each month to breeding birds as prevention or 2 consecutive days each month when ambient temperatures are above 22 degrees for an immediate and important sustained energy source to help accelerate recovery.
For birds housed outdoors in the winter months, treatment can be done every 3 months.
Recommended treatment schedule for birds housed outdoors or eating a diet containing live foods is `in water` for one day each month.
Secondary Respiratory Infections:
The symptoms should start to subside in 2-3 days with the S76 treatment in the water. If the symptoms lessen, but do not completely go away, your bird ,may also has a secondary respiratory infection due to the mites that will need additional treatment.
Soft food Miracle Meal, enriched with vitamins & minerals and Herb Salad should be provided to help accelerate recovery.
If all respiratory symptoms disappear after the first three days of treatment, additional medication treatment is not necessary.
S76 is also effective for Scaly Face and Leg mites.
Scaly Face Treatment:
Apply undiluted S76 directly to the affected skin using a Q-tip each day for one week (same day that S76 is added to the drinking water)
until all signs of mite have disappeared (recovery varies from 2-8 weeks depending upon the severity of infestation.
Usual cure time is 3-4 weeks with mild infestations. Keep away from eyes & nostrils.
Also on the same schedule apply S76 to the drinking water.
Because scaly face & leg can be nutritional and weak gene based, reassess the nutrition of the bird.
S76 as Wormer – will kill Hair and Round worms, and has been effective in treating Acuaria spp.
Spirurold worms in some species other than Gouldians. S76 is recommended for the control of Gizzard worms in Gouldians.
S76 will not kill tape worms. Worm Away can be used in rotation with S76 if your bird has been diagnosed with tape worm.
Recommended treatment schedule for birds housed outdoors or eating a diet containing live food is to treat in water one day each month.
Health Stimulant – S76 is the original air-sac mite treatment in water, and the only treatment to contain Slippery Elm.
Slippery Elm bark is an ingredient also found in various lung medicines used for humans. When combined with water, slippery elm coats and soothes the mouth, throat, stomach, and intestines, and protects your bird’s digestive tract from the irritation that the Ivermectin can cause.
It always has such a positive effect on birds…. Slippery Elm possesses astringent and anti-inflammatory properties.
Slippery Elm is the component that offers the anti-bacterial property to the S76 on the back of the bird’s throat to kill any unwanted bacteria. Slippery Elm absorbs impurities and toxins, thereby, helping them pass harmlessly out of the body. It nourishes the whole body and assists the activity of the adrenal glands. Slippery Elm has a positive effect on relieving sinus inflammation, which is especially relevant for the bird suffering with air-sac mites.
Birds can also bathe in S76!
Birds bathing in S76 will kill any external feather parasites. Used on the same days as the in water drinking treatment days.
However, a good Avian Insect Spray (Vetafarm AIL) must also be used throughout their environment on the 2nd day of S76 treatment (cleaning the cage/aviary is also very and just as important to ensure that any mites hiding in the cracks / crevices of the housing are killed and do not re-infest the birds.
This should be followed up several days later with a KD Water Cleanser bath. This second bath will remove all the dead mites and help promote lustrous clean feathering.
S76 Mixing Rates (Mix Fresh Daily):
Finches, Canaries and Pigeons:
2 level teaspoons = for one gallon of water
1 teaspoon = 5ml for 2 litres of water (approx. 2 quarts)
½ teaspoon = 2.5ml for 1 litre of water (approx. 1 quart)
¼ teaspoon = 1.25ml for 500ml of water (approx. 2 cups)
1/8 teaspoon = .63ml for 250ml of water (approx. 1 cup)
6 drops for 125ml of water (approx. 4 ounces)
3 drops for .63ml of water (approx. 2 ounces)
Budgerigars and Parrots
4 level teaspoons = for one gallon of water
2 teaspoons = 10ml for 2 litres of water (approx. 2 quarts)
1 teaspoon = 5ml for 1 litre of water (approx.
1 quart) ½ teaspoon = 2.5 ml for 500 ml of water (approx.2 cups)
¼ teaspoon = 1.25ml for 250ml of water (approx.1 cup)
1/8 teaspoon = .63ml for 125ml of water (approx. 4 ounces)
6 drops for 63ml of water (approx. 2 ounces)
S76 is Suitable and safe for ALL birds of all ages and does not harm young or effect fertility, finches, canaries, budgerigars, cockatiels, parrots waterfowl, pigeons & poultry
S76 is available in: 30ml, 100ml , 250ml & 1 Litre
Active Ingredients: Ivermectin 0.8g/1 & Slippery Elm
S76 is a concentrate and when mixed with water goes a long way!
S76 bird mite medicine treatment – When mixed for Finches, Canaries, and Pigeons Concentrate
100ml makes 10 Gallons Concentrate, 250ml makes 25 Gallons.
Product Expiry: 05/2019