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For the past 2-3 weeks my budgie has been opening and closing its beak frequently. I had him for 3 years and he has not done this before. His diet is a parakeet seed blend ( Hartz Bonzana). There is also a female in the cage. He has lost some pin feathers above his beak exposing pink skin, but it has grown back after about a week. I suspect he has mites. Also in the video he is placed near a heater, and I understand it may look like overheated, but he opens and closes his beak like that when placed away from a heater and in another room. I don't know if there is something wrong with him. Thanks in advance

Here is a picture (taken 2 days before video): https://drive.google.com/file/d/14ut...w?usp=drivesdk

Video: https://youtu.be/kVvXnbgViqo

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His beak looks discolored, and I agree that the mouth opening does not look normal. I recommend getting him checked out by an avian vet.

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Also is he just grinding his beak?
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The motion your budgie is making with is beak in not beak grinding.

It is important you give your budgies a healthy diet and having them on seed only can cause problems.

https://www.talkbudgies.com/articles-...ur-budgie.html

https://www.talkbudgies.com/articles-...lay-roses.html

https://www.talkbudgies.com/articles-...-seed-mix.html

I recommend you take your budgie to an Avian Vet for a proper exam.

https://www.talkbudgies.com/articles-...amination.html

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.

Having your budgie examined by an Avian Vet allows you to develop a good relationship with the vet in case your bird needs care for an injury or illness in the future. Additionally, it is always helpful for the vet to have a baseline for your bird to refer to should it need future treatment.

You also need to replace the wooden dowel perches in the cage with natural wood perches of varying diameters to prevent pressure sores.

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Does look strange! Budgies tend to open their mouths for better air access (Seen by beak open often using bars) or to adjust their crop a little after feeding, but as this is constant it is likely an internal issue and will need to be seen by an avian vet just to be sure! Keep us updated
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Hi there and to the forums!

You've been given great advice! I hope that you're able to resolve this issue with your little one soon

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Hi

I agree... something doesn’t look right. I’ve never seen anything like that before. Especially since you say he just started doing it, I’d definitely take him to an avian vet.

In the meantime, be sure to read the Stickies posts, Articles, as well as the links given to you by FaeryBee. You’ll find answers to the most common questions by familiarizing yourself with the forum. If you still have questions after reading, we’re here to help.

Please keep us posted on how your budgie is doing after taking him to the avian vet .
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