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Hello! I'm not an active user of the forum, my only post here about my previous budgie that died of unknown illness over two years ago.

From that previous experience, I fear that my 2nd budgie may be going through the same process. You see, my budgie is scratching his head, his feathers are falling off, but yet he does sing and act normal. I was wondering if someone could tell me what this could be:



I'm really concerned about this. I'm posting this at 1am, as I noticed it about an hour ago. I hope it's not serious as something similar happened with my previous budgie that died. I cleaned his cage (but not washed it). I'm thinking about washing the cage tomorrow morning as well as giving my budgie a bath.

Any suggestion is greatly appreciated! Also, there aren't any avian vets in my city. And last time I went to the vet, my previous budgie got even worse and died during that day.

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Hi Marko and back!

Your budgie is going through a normal process called "moulting", in which his feathers fall out as new ones grow in. The red you see is just the skin showing through the patchy feathers that haven't been replaced yet Some moults are worse than others, and can leave a lot of skin showing, and others are more mild, where they may only loose a few feathers at the time.

During his moult, offering him a shallow dish full of water, lightly misting him, or giving him wet lettuce or greens hung from the cage to bathe in would be a great idea to relieve some of his discomfort Don't feel like he must have a bath, it's up to him

Also, giving him flax seeds and mashed hard boiled egg can help his new feathers to grow in healthy and strong

For more about moulting, you can check out these links:
https://talkbudgies.com/your-budgies-...ting-faqs.html
https://talkbudgies.com/articles-gene...e-molting.html

Also, since you're not new to the forums, I'm assuming you know where the stickies are--it's always good to review them when you drop by the forums after a long absence to ensure you're up to date on the best practices to care for your budgie

Hope to see you around more often and let us know how your budgie does!
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Thank you for tge quick reply! I hope you're right and that my fears are irrational. Would you still recommend a bath and cage rinsing tomorrow?

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It's always good to keep the cage clean and washed, and offering a bath is good, too, but make sure not to force him to bathe if he doesn't want to

Some moults can look terrible I'm sure you're little one will feel better soon, though
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Oh dear You little fellow is indeed having a "miserable" molt. Your budgie is going to be feeling awfully itchy and totally miserable until this one is over.
He probably won't be very active and will be sleeping more as his body is going to need energy to regrow all those feathers.

Please be sure to read the link on Miserable Molts which Star provided. Give you little guy good nutritious foods like cooked quinoa (rinse it very well before cooking it), with mashed up boiled egg and flax seed.

Looking at his cage, I also strongly suggest you get him some natural wood perches and get rid of the plastic perches.
Plastic perches and dowel rod perches can lead to bumblefoot.

Perches like the ones shown below are much better for your budgie:

Grapevine Perch


Multi-Branch Perch


Calcium Perch


Additionally, the bigger the cage you provide for him the better off he will be.
A cage that is 30" long by 18" wide by 18" high is a very good choice.
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I hope your little guy starts feeling better soon.
Please do take the time to give us updates on his progress.

Best wishes!
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Hi Marko, you have been given excellent advice from all. Please do heed the comments regarding the perches they are much better for your birds feet. You can make your own egg and biscuit mix or buy it already made simply adding water.
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Thank you people for the very quick replies! I was worried that he's really sick but thankfully you guys knew better and recognized that it's just a bad molt. However I'll be extra careful about hygene and will make sure he gets all the food and vitamins he needs. I'll also look to buy some new perches for him

Again, thank you guys for the help!

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Okay so here's the update:

I gave the little fella a bath this morning Now I know that he doesn't like water, but this time he was like trying to get wet as much as he could. I dried him afterwards, and gave him some Prestige and 1/2 of a cooked egg. He seems content for now, he's playing with his toys and everything, just being his usual self Also the feathers on his head look much better than last night, which is a big relief for me Here are some pics of him after the bath:





One thing worries me tho. Notice his right eye, he keeps it half-open or closed from time to time, while his left eye is fully open. Could it be from all the scratching? Like I said, other than that, everything seems fine. My guess is that the poor thing didn't sleep well because he's so itchy, but you guys probably know better than me.

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His eye does look awfully sore and crusty around it.

I'd recommend rinsing it with sterile saline solution (you can buy it at the pharmacy) a couple of times a day for three days.
If it doesn't show good improvement after three days, please post another picture because it may be something more serious such as scaly mites.
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I'm glad he's feeling better after his egg food and bath!

As Deborah said, though, his eye does look very sore, which could be firm scratching or something else. Either way, finding it with saline solution will help to clear possible debris from the eye and decrease inflammation.

Let us know how he's doing!
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