My 2 yr old female budgie has a bald crusty spot around her oil gland. I just noticed this, but she's been acting kinda sick for a week or so. My budgies have had an on and off issue with mites since I was given my first budgie. I was pretty sure this was just another case of that when I first saw her feathers looking puffy, but she has no black spots near her cere and her feathers look ok on her face. Also, the regular mite spray isn't seeming to help like it usually does, although I realize now I should be using ivermectin instead, if it is mites.
I'm not sure if it's maybe a clogged oil gland, but it seems weird that this would be so problematic. She's puffed out, tail bobbing and droopy, lethargic, and weak. I separated her from her friends and she's been walking around the bottom of the cage because she's getting too weak to fly.
I will take her to a vet when (and if) I can find one but I would appreciate any advice for what I can do for her myself because I'm not sure she'll make it that long if I don't do something.
The picture shows the bad spot, but other than that her feathers look fine.
This does not look good and you need to take your bird to the vet immediately, if you cannot locate one in your area look for a vet that deals with exotics, they usually have someone on staff that sees birds. In addition to the issue with the oil gland the fact that she is puffed up is an indication that she is not feeling well and probably has been feeling poorly for a while, as birds hide illness very well, and by the time symptoms show up they have probably been ill for a while. Do you need help in locating a vet?
Your budgie needs to be seen by an Avian Vet (or an Exotic Pet Veterinarian) right away.
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.
If there are no Avian Vets near you, please find an Exotic Pet Veterinarian with experience in dealing with small birds.
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I agree, that absolutely does not look good. She needs to be seen by an avian vet right away!
Please take her in as soon as you can, and let us know what the vet says. I'm hopeful she'll make a full recovery with medical attention.
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