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Old 01-01-2018, 05:56 AM
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Hi all I have been googling my budgies symptoms but canít find anything that fits so posting here in the hope some can help me before I take him to the vet.
He has a white paste over the tips of his feathers on the back of his head, looks like droppings to be honest will try and post a pic. He is about 18months old kept mainly inside with one other budgie that has no symptoms. He hates the bath or mist spray. The other budgie is the dominate one but doesnít appear to have hurt this one.
I tried to wet the feathers and brush it off gently with a toothbrush which got rid of a lot of it but it came back after about 1 week.
Happy to get spray or take to vet in the morning but would appreciate any suggestions as it is concerning us all
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Old 01-01-2018, 06:43 AM
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The photo isnít the clearest.
Iím assuming this isnít just new feather sheaths after moulting - have you had the birds since they were young and encountered moulting?

You say it looks like droppings - could it be? Where are the birds usual sleeping spots? Ie. Could this bird sleep on a swing, whilst the other sleeps clinging to the top of the swing above him?
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Thank you for responding Have had them since they were a few months but no havenít noticed a moult before This doesnít look like the photos of moult that I have seen itís more like a paste stuck to his existing feathers. Will add some more photos hard to get close ups as he doesnít like being held.
Thought about the other sleeping on top so have been checking them most nights but they always seem to sleep side by side on the side of the cage
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Is it actually a substance stuck to the feathers or are those pin feathers?
I honestly can't tell for sure from the pictures but it looks to me as if your budgie is molting.

Try using Renu Contact Solution to carefully wipe over the areas to see if it is a dried substance that removes easily or if it is feather sheaths that have not yet come off.

https://www.talkbudgies.com/articles-...e-molting.html

IF it is a dried substance on the feathers, could the other budgie be regurgitating onto this one's head when trying to feed it?

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Hi there and to the forums!

He's a beautiful little guy but from what I can see it does appear like there is something stuck to the feathers. It seems like some dried white paste, if this is correct then I think the most likely cause is residue from regurgitation or vomiting. Trying to clear it off with contact solution as suggested above by FaeryBee is the best course of action. If he seems to be acting differently than usual or even after you remove the substance you see it again, it would be best to take him into an avian vet to ensure he is not sick.

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Thanks all
It is definitely a white paste substance when I look under a microscope at a sample.
He is flying, eating and generally happy but think I will take him to vet still on my next day off as it reappeared after about a week after I removed the first lot though doesnít appear to be getting worse.
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Hope your little one gets better soon! You will have to let us know what it is on him. Now I am curious. Also, I notice in one of the close-ups that his cere seems like it has a lot of little bumps on it. Is that normal for him?

Best of luck to the little guy!

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