Giovanni is a 3-year-old budgie who has always had beautiful plumage and good health. He has recently finished a molt and suddenly I can see small patches of skin through the white feathers on the top of his head. He is not fond of having his head petted normally, but if I touch it now he cries.
His activity is normal, cere is clean, eyes are clear, and he eats and drinks well. His feces are a little watery. The rest of his feathers look good and he doesn't appear to be plucking. Last week he was rubbing his head on his perch a lot.
I opened a new bag of food yesterday, but if there was a problem there, I wouldn't expect it to occur that quickly. There are no other pets here.
I couldn't find anything about this in my books, so thought I'd try here. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
One of my budgies sometimes develops a bald spot above her cere when molting. I was really concerned the first time it happened, especially as she keeped scratching her head and I could see her skin. However, after a while, new feathers finally grew and she looks pretty as before
So maybe your budgie is also experiencing a terrible molt!
I would have guessed that the moult isn't fully finished and that's why you can see some skin.
If you're certain he has finished and he still seems to be upset when touching the area I would pop to the local avian vet and get them to take a look.
Thank you. I did notice a few pin feathers on the side of his neck last night, so maybe he's not finished. And he did later let me kiss his head, so he may have been manipulating me earlier. I think he knows that when grumpy noises don't work, his crying stops me in my tracks.
Pin feather's on neck, rubbing head, and watery dropping's lead me to totally agree with the other's that your bird's bald spot is a result of the molt not being finished yet. Egg/Egg food is excellent to help with new feather growth, and molt recovery....
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