After my birds have grown new flights I see small little holes appearing in these flights, what can this be?

Question:

After my birds have grown new flights I see small little holes appearing in these flights, what can this be? My neighbour tells me that my birds have lice.

Answer:

If small little lice appear on the feathers (flights) your birds have definitely got feather lice which can be controlled by dipping them once or twice with a 14 day interval. But feather lice only eat the bloom on the feathers and not the feather itself, the pigeon fly that is responsible for malaria as a carrier, is the cause of the little holes appearing in your flights. The pigeon fly is a blood-sucking parasite and when a new flight is formed the whole quill is covered with a blood liquid, the fly attacks these quills, biting holes in them and sucking out the blood. That is why once these feathers are fully grown, little holes appear in them. To stop the flies and the lice in your loft, dip your birds in products like Avian Insect dip or Ambush, but please remember to add a bit of sunlight liquid dishwashing soap to the water, this will soften your water and let your dip penetrate the feathers killing everything that bites on them.

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