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Old 05-04-2017, 06:15 PM
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Hi I'm new to this forum and am wondering if anyone here has seen any advice regarding my bird's ailments.

I've just noticed over the past few months that my female budgie's cere has gone from a light pink to a very dark brown, has become very dry and raised and also one of her nostrils has completely closed in. I'm not sure if this can be remedied or what is affecting her although I'd rather avoid the vet if possible. If anyone has any ideas I'd appreciate the feedback! I don't know how to attach a photo of my own but here is one from the internet that appears similar.

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Hi Kayla and Welcome to Talk Budgies!

Your adult female budgie is currently in breeding condition which is why her cere is brown and crusty.
This is quite normal.

However, the fact that one of her nares has become blocked is not good.

You would be best to consult with an Avian Veterinarian to determine the best method of helping to unblock the closed nare.

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.

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Hi Kayla and to Talk Budgies!

Occasionally overgrowth of the cere can occur and obstruct the nares (nostrils), so it's important to take her to the vet ASAP so they can evaluate the blockage and clear it for her.

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I definitely agree with taking your baby to the avian vet right away. Budgies don't really breathe through their mouths, they need both nostrils open and clear to get proper oxygen.
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Thanks for the photo advice. Here are some photos of her cere! I suppose I should take her to the avian vet thanks for replying.



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Oh yes, definitely a trip to the avian vet for your little hen! The vet will be able to clear away some of her cere growth so she can breathe properly again, no worries Just make sure it's an avian vet, not a reg vet or a vet 'who sees birds'.
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Yes, with the pictures you posted it is obvious your little girl needs to be seen by an Avian Vet right away to remove the obstruction.

Please be sure to update us in this thread after her appointment.

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