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WHAT ARE FEATHER MITES?

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Feather mites, also called quill mites or depluming mites live, as the name implies, inside the quills, and also on the surface of the feathers. It is known that each avian species has its own mite species, because they are highly host specific. Whatever the name of the specific mite is, the following characteristics of these unpleasant parasites are in common: Most feather mites are only adapted to survival on the feathers and cannot move to other surfaces. Some species can also live in and on the skin. They feeding at the base of feathers. An infestation of feather mites caused permanent itching, which caused to an irritation and this caused in turn inter alia a loss in egg production. It is to identify an infestation of feather mites, when the bird restless and constantly pecks in plumage. All kind of avians can infested any time, during the nestling period, as fledglings and adult bird, as well as during other times of close contact in time of courtship, mating and communal roosting.
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