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Old 10-08-2012, 09:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm just wondering if there will have to be a quarantine between a new hedgehog and my bird. The only thing I could think that might transfer would be mites. The cages would be set up with the bird cage above the hedgehog cage and I could easily make sure to change shirts between handling them. But if mites could travel between the cages on their own then I would want to put the bird on the other side of the room or in another room for a few days at least.
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You should always quaratine a new animal from all other animals in the house, especially an exotic.
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I guess my question is how far to go with the quarantine, is across the room enough, or should they be in separate rooms? It's not like they will be interacting and if we wash between handling them my guess is that nothing could pass across the room. Is that wrong?
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Ideally for quarantine you want totally different air supplies (i.e. different buildings) to prevent any airborne disease transmission, but many people aren't able to accomplish that. Different rooms preferably far apart in the house would be ideal. Fortunately bird mites aren't the type that infest hedgehogs, they are usually visible and easy to get rid of with bird mite spray. I got a crapload of the little buggers on me one time when I was helping break down some grocery store fruit boxes (those mites are also called grocer's itch for that reason) and I pretty much took a bath in pyrethrin spray and was all good.



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