I came here so I could possibly get some help, I am worried about my lovely male budgie, Kiwi.
He will have his 1st birthday in 2 weeks. We got him from a breeder and we tamed him ourselves.
We go on holiday every summer. It is a 3 day drive so we do not think its appropriate for such a fragile animal to be put under so much stress. We asked a friend to look after him for about 6 weeks (this is how long we go on holiday for).
They have previously had budgies, but as you probably know, every owner is a different owner. We found out afterwards that they didn't infact cover his cage every night, only on colder nights. This is however vital, so I am worried that this might be causing this problem.
Kiwi is on his own at the moment, so he feels the need to give affection to his toys. He has a small bell which is his favourite, and he eats some seeds, and then tries to feed his toy. He basically built up a mount of old food on his toy, and I had to literally scrape it all off when we got home with an old knife because it had dried onto it so hard. They didnít think of cleaning it...
I am worried that maybe he got an infection from his toy, where the food had been for 6 weeks, constantly building up. He plays with it a lot, and his feathers touch the area as it is high enough to go under his beak area. His feathers look kind of damp, and frayed out, which is not how he normally looks. Is it an infection?
He seems very happy and is eating, drinking and sleeping normally. Maybe its mites, but he didnít come in contact with any other birds so I donít think that that would be likely.
Please let me know if you think you have any idea what the problem might be. All help is appreciated!