Hi all - looking for advice. Pepe has a very sore looking head, he has all his feathers though and wonít let me touch it (never has to be fair). The root of some feathers look very thick and I thought they were blood feathers - can this happen on his head? Heís always running his head on his cage and doesnít seem to be in any sort of pain. I have sprayed him and he gets regular baths so itís always clean.
I'm assuming from the description that Pepe is having a terrible molt, but it would be great if you could provide a picture so we can confirm!
Here's info on molting. Yes, they get blood feathers on their head just like anywhere else on their body. https://www.talkbudgies.com/your-bud...ting-faqs.html
Sorry it’s taken so long for me to get back. Had a look at the miserable molt and I think that’s exactly what he’s going through - he looks like the bottom two photos and he’s not got any bald patches. Will take photos of his head in a little while - he’s being very affectionate just now and feeling a bit sorry for himself so lots of TLC for him over the next few days!
Ive never kept English budgies but know that the lineage of these are the wild budgies that over many years, have been selectively been bred for larger size and more pronounced heads and they are totally budgie (just different). But just like the many domestics animals, that have been selectively bred, the physical characteristics that people like, may be tied to some physical issues that could be harmful. I'd be interested to know if people who keep English, have similar molting issues. Hope Pepe gets through his mold without problem. He's very handsome.
This is anecdotal obviously, but my Petrie who is 1/2 English budgie molts ALL THE TIME. And often has very bad head molts, where he looks very punk-rock (like someone gelled and spiked his "hair"). I have always wondered if it had something to do with the part English heritage , because my other budgies never molt that often.
It makes sense to me if this were the case. Probably takes a lot of effort to maintain that lovely English "head poof".