Cage birds can be affected by internal parasites which cause health problems, and may also result in death. Treatment can be put in food or water but dosing of individual birds is the most efficient and effective treatment method. Individual dosing should be performed by experienced handlers.
External parasites should be eradicated by applying an appropriate insecticide to birds, cages and nest boxes, and may include dusting, spraying, oral medication, or contact insecticides on perches. It is important to have a year-round parasite control program rather than treating birds after they are affected or losses are incurred.