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Old 08-31-2015, 04:36 PM
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Hello,

I came here so I could possibly get some help, I am worried about my lovely male budgie, Kiwi.

-Background Info-

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...

-The Situation-

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!
Many thanks,
-Emashay xx

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Old 08-31-2015, 04:57 PM
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From your description it seems your budgie got his feathers soiled possibly by leaning on the pile of regurgitated seed. So his feathers may have some of his saliva alongside tiny bits of food. The dried up saliva on feathers can have that wet/damp look you mentioned. The same thing happens when a budgie vomits the food and the fluid also gets into the feathers that still look messy even after it dries up. The feathers may look frayed due to your budgie's preening attempts to better clean the feathers.
This can be solved by misting your budgie with some lukewarm water, or you can offer him a birdie bathtub for him to bathe in.

Make sure your budgie is not losing a lot of weight due to the constant regurgitation onto the bell. If this is an obsessive behaviour, you may want to wean him off that toy for your budgie's own health.
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aluz has given you excellent information.

I would recommend you remove the bell or, at the very least, replace it with a new one you know for sure is stainless steel.
Budgies can easily get heavy metal poisoning and if Kiwi is so enamored by his bell that he feeds is continually, he may be licking it as well.

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Kiwi could possibly benefit from having another budgie friend especially since you go away for six weeks at a time for your holidays. If I were you I would also remove the bell and replace it with a stainless steel one.
Maybe whilst you are home you can also work on finding a more trust worthy replacement for Budgie sitting duties even do a weekend or two as a trial. I am sure Kiwi will soon be back to looking lovely some budgies love bathing some don't let us know which one Kiwi fits into.
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Hello and welcome to the forums!

I agree with all the advice given Kiwi may like a little friend to spend time with when you're on holiday, and at the very least, I agree that replacing or removing his bell is a good idea. Sometimes, lonely budgies get more "obsessed" with toys or their reflections.

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Thank you everyone! It means a lot!

I will be on it to change his bell to a stainless steel one, I didn't know that they where harmful...

We are now looking to get him a mate, it was always the plan to do so (we just wanted to wait to get back from our holiday). We also wanted to wait until he was fully tame as budgies that come in pairs tend to lean on eachother for company, so they don't feel the need to interact and get to know their owners as much.

If there are any Budgie Breeders in Dorset UK then please let me know, we would like to buy a female for him.

Again, thank you all so much for the lovely and very informative comments, I will be on it to get some pics up of him.

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If you are going to get a friend for Kiwi, I would personally recommend you get another male.
Two male budgies usually become best buddies and with another male you will not have to worry about discouraging breeding.

Please remember you should quarantine the new budgie for 4-6 weeks.

Quarantine means housing your new bird in a different cage in a different room as far away as possible from the room Kiwi is in for a period of 4-6 weeks.

Budgies mask symptoms when they are ill. Symptoms may not show up for over two weeks.
Often you will not even realize the bird is not well.
Many budgie illnesses are airborne which is why you need to quarantine your new bird in a completely different room.

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