Hi budgie lovers,
I've been meaning to write about this issue that I've been having with my Lola for quite a while now...
Lola is about 10-11 years old and is in general good health and good behavior. I've been feeding her Harrison's high potency bird food for about the past 9 years with millet as a treat and green leafage from time to time.
For the past year or so, often her poops sticks to her vent feathers and she doesn't seem to be able to reach the area to clean it approprietely. It hasn't really caused an issue, except that she ends up getting huge balls of poop weighing her down. So, I frequently take it off from her. She takes bath, but also doesn't manage to get it off that way either. So, from time to time, when I see it get too caked up, I have to put her under the water tap and clean it. Which she totally hates and then is nervous/stressed until she goes to bed.
At some point, I was wrapping her in regular hand towels to do this and she's ended up getting her toes stuck in the fabric and it seems like it sort of broke some toes. She can still move them, but now they are crooked. So, now I wrap her in dish towel cloth that has no fabric in which she can get caught.
I had to clean her yesterday and while doing this, I took out a lump which I thought was poop, but then realized that the texture was very slimy and it wasn't in the vent area. I freaked out and then started looking online at what this could be. I figured, because of the area where I found it and texture, that it's probably a preen oil build up.
So, now here are my questions...
1. Would the caked poop and oil build up be due to her being aged and not being able to reach these area properly?
2. If you don't think that qst 1 is possible, than what would be the explanation to both these situations ? (I referred to her diet and general demeanour at beginning of post)
3. Have any of you ever experienced this?
4. What would you recommend? Do I need to do anything or leave it be and keep washing her like I've been doing.
I will try to post pictures when possible. For now, I only have pictures of her crooked toes.
Thank you in advance for your welcomed advice!
So here are both pictures that I just took.
Please keep in mind that these pictures were taken after the clean up that I did yesterday.
So yesterday, there was alot lot more poop and there was a huge lump of oily slimy dark yellow matter on the uropygial gland area.
She scratches her vent a whole lot with her feet.
I'm not hugely worried, but still worried as I don't want my baby to be ill...