Hi all, new poster here. I'm a momma of two budgies and noticed a few days ago that one of them has a bald patch on the left side of his beak. I spritzed him with water so he'd groom himself to see if it was just something sticky clumping his feathers together (he's a piggie, his name is actually Pudge). Turns out, that wasn't the case. Some of the surrounding feathers are stained but it doesn't look like blood; he's been eating colorful fruits and veggies lately so I'm pretty sure it's food. He's not acting like he's sick, either. He's eating and talking and moving around as always, and his stools look regular. The bald patch is in a strange spot though. Since it's right next to his beak, I don't think he could be plucking, could he? Him and the other budgie get along fine and their temperaments have been very calm lately so I don't the latter's been picking on him. I may be overly concerned but I recently lost my other two budgies to illness and would be heartbroken if I lost the remaining two. I've attached pictures of his bald spot, though he's being camera shy today. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks for reading!
My first though is that perhaps there was food stuck to the feathers near his beak and when he was rubbing the food off it pulled the feathers out?
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From looking at the photos, the area surrounding the beak looks inflamed and I see a few bumps/growths on the skin.
This can be caused by mites, even though your budgie isn't showing any other signs of having them.
Still, it would be best to have your budgie properly examined by an avian vet specialist.
If mites are confirmed, then both of your budgies will have to be treated for it.
I'm wishing your budgie a steady and full recovery.
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