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Old 09-06-2015, 05:13 PM
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Hi everyone,

I'd be so grateful if somebody could help me, I don't understand what is going on with my budgie and he really doesn't look well...he's about a year old now.

A few days ago we noticed that he was covered in dark patches on his chest (maybe he was wet?) and the feathers on his head looked very thin and stuck together.. To the point where he seemed to have 'bald' patches.

It's now a couple of days on and he just looks worse. He's been sprayed with warm water a few times as he has never liked getting in a bath.. But his feathers still look really stuck together.

He's not tame so I can't feel them but they look really stiff? He's also been scratching his head a lot with his foot and against his wooden perches.

I've added a photo of how he normally looks and 2 of how he looks now. If anybody knows what might be wrong id be so grateful.

Thanks!
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Old 09-06-2015, 05:18 PM
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It's very likely that your budgie has been vomiting and what you see on his head/face is dried up fluid resulting from the vomiting.
You need to take your budgie to the avian vet as soon as possible, so that he is properly checked, diagnosed and treated.

I'm wishing your budgie boy a steady and full recovery. And despite the less than desirable circumstances, welcome to the forums!
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Thanks for your reply!

We cleaned out his cage today and couldn't see anything unusual, would the vomit be hard to see? Also how would it get onto his head?

This is our first pet bird so sorry if these questions have obvious answers!

Just looking around for a vet now.

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From those photos, that really seems like the fluid budgies sometimes get after a vomiting episode.
When budgies vomit they start by making the regurgitation motion (bobbing head up and down to bring seeds up), then their heads shake sideways to the left and right and while doing this, seed shoots out of the beak in an uncontrolled, violent manner. This seed is loose and will scatter everywhere, you can can find the undigested seed on the cage's bars, on the wall (if cage is close to wall), on toys and other accessories and sometimes the budgie itself will have one or two seeds stuck on the face alongside with the fluid.

The fluid after vomiting usually messes the feathers on the face and head and can also be present on the crop area a bit below the beak.
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Hi there and welcome to the forums!

From that picture, he appears to be moulting as well. I agree that the feathers look stiff and could be vomiting, but I think the fact that he is in a moult is making him even more miserable

I agree that a vet visit is the best option to ensure your beautiful little boy feels better soon What's his name?

Please keep us updated on his condition and it's wonderful to have you here on the forums!

If you have any other questions, please be sure to ask as we'd love to help.
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His name is Derek

After a bit of googling it seems like we might have figured out why he's been vomiting.. We had a scented candle lit in the same room as him the day before he looked like this and had no idea that they were dangerous to budgies...

He really is so pretty and cute, I feel so awful for him because I didn't know it would cause him any harm. He's very quiet and just looks awful as you can see.

I will keep you updated. I really hope he'll be ok.

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If you are really worried about Derek's condition you take could him for a check up at the avian vet this will give you peace of mind...
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Is there any possibility that the spray bottle you're using only contained
plain water? Just a thought. If the candle did cause vomiting, a careful
"hand washing" the head and careful blow drying might be a simple
solution. I'd still check with your vet.
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I agree with Aluz he does look as though he could of vomited, but I also agree with Star he is rubbing a lot as he is moulting has he dropped any fluffy little feathers around his cage? te scented candle could also be making his sinus and nares uncomfortable so he has rubbed . Keep him extra warm provide him with ac overed cage on three sides, I would not blow dry him as this will scare him and stress him.
IS he eating, what are his droppings like, normal colour and consistency? Get some egg and biscuit mix and offer him this . Also try him with some electrolyte .


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I would be keeping an eye on him and if there is no improvement an avian vet visit would be the best.
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The dried up feathers after a bout of vomiting will still look pasty and messy and this causes discomfort to the budgie and it's normal for him to scratch with his foot the area near the eye and also rubbing the head on a perch or toy in an attempt to get rid of the soil on the feathers he is not able to properly preen back to a pristine clean condition.
I have noticed this many times when my budgies got sick and vomited. He may not necessarily be moulting.
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