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Old 04-09-2017, 05:47 AM
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My budgie is 3 1/2 mounts old. He's always preening and messing with his feathers and always fluffs himself up. His face is really dirty too and he sneezes a lot. Today I was playing with him and I had a tennis ball and it really grabbed his attention( I think it's because of the color) but then after that when I would get near him he would get angry and nibble on my finger which he has never done before. Could anyone help me out?

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Hi and welcome to TB
Pilot sounds like an adorable little fellow
I recommend booking an appointment with an avian vet to have him checked out. The sneezing and fluffing up are certainly signs that should be investigated.
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If Pilot's face is dirty and he is sneezing, then he needs to be seen by an Avian Vet.

Avian Vets have special training to determine the cause of symptoms resulting from illness or trauma.
This is important as "regular" vets will often overlook symptoms that are quickly obvious to an Avian Vet.
When you rely on anyone who has not had training in Avian diagnosis and care, you may be delaying effective treatment.
This can prolong suffering that may be avoidable.
The bird will often require a more intense, prolonged treatment with a poorer chance of full recovery than it would have if you seek prompt professional diagnosis and treatment at the first sign of illness.

Distinction between an Avian Vet and a Vet that "Will See Birds"

Having Pilot examined by an Avian Vet allows you to develop a good relationship with the vet in case your bird needs care for an injury or illness in the future. Additionally, it is always helpful for the vet to have a baseline for your bird to refer to should it need future treatment.

With regard to the tennis ball, please don't let Pilot chew on it as he may ingest fibers from it which can cause crop impaction.
You need to be aware of his body language. If he was not happy that you were "getting near him" then he wanted to be left alone at that point in time and you need to respect that.

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Hi there and to the forums!

You've been given great advice I hope that the vet visit goes well!

Meanwhile, be sure to read through the forum's many Budgie Articles and "stickies" (threads "stuck" to the top of each subforum for easy reference) to stay up to date on all the best practices for caring for budgies. If you have any questions after reading through everything, be sure to ask as we'd love to help!

We look forward to seeing you around the forums as well as meeting Pilot soon!

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