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Old 12-15-2016, 10:13 PM
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Question Scaly Beak and Constipation

Hi, I've just joined this forum. My children received a male budgie (approx. 1 year old) as an early xmas present from a neighbour yesterday. We've had him less than 24 hours and I notice he hasn't done a poo, and often pokes his beak around down there. What could be wrong, and what might the cure be?
Also he has a scaly looking beak, I'll try to work out how to add a picture. Any help would be greatly appreciated. This is our first bird keeping experience. Many thanks

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Welcome to the forums,

I'm sorry your budgie is showing signs of not being well.
It's important that you check the vent area and to see if there is a blockage keeping your budgie from pooping normally.
A couple of photos of the vent and face area to check for mites would be helpful.
Here is a step-by-step guide: https://talkbudgies.com/how-guides/17...otobucket.html

Given the discomfort your budgie is feeling and the fact that he isn't pooping, the best course of action is to have your budgie examined by an avian vet specialist for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. The vet will also be able to tell if your budgie has mites.

I hope your budgie feels better soon and I'm wishing him a steady and full recovery.
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Hi Narelle and to the forums!

It's great to have you on the forums! You couldn't have come to a better place to learn more about these little birds.

I agree with Aluz. If you do not see droppings at the bottom of the cage soon and he continues to act uncomfortable with his vent area, then having him checked out by an avian vet is the best course of action. The clogging of the vent can be a very dangerous condition.

Also, the vet can indeed confirm if he has mites, which could be why the cere is crusty.

Meanwhile, have a look at the many budgie articles and "stickies" (threads "stuck" to the top of each subforum for easy reference) to ensure you're up to date on the very best of budgie care practices! If you have any questions afterwards, please be sure to as as we'd love to help.

Hope to see you around, and I hope that your little fellow feels better soon!

Please keep us posted on his condition once he is back from his vet visit.

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