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I have two budgies, Spring (male, about 4 years old) and Candy (female, about 7/8 years old), though this concerns primarily Spring.
Back in October I noticed Spring's cere had changed colour from blue to brownish. After I convinced my parents to take him to a vet, we were prescribed two medications for preventing respiratory infection for two weeks. We gave Spring the medication for two weeks and that was that. I also changed their water dish to a water bottle to prevent against bacteria and converted both their diets entirely - from seeds to healthier foods - since Spring's weight had been 46 g when the vet weighed him. Currently, I'm feeding them this mix of Lafeber Nutriberries, Harrison's High Potency Super-fine, and Zupreem Fruit Pellets (canary-size to try to get them to accept them). Currently Spring has only accepted Nutriberries, as far as I can tell. Candy is eating both Nutriberries and some Harrison's but doesn't seem to be taking to the Zupreem.
Eventually, much to my delight, Spring's cere changed back to blue. This was February 4th exactly. But he still seemed overweight (unfortunately I can't take his weight regularly since both he and Candy are untamed and taking either of them out of the cage at all freaks them out majorly) and his droppings still seemed wetter than usual - definitely wetter than Candy's. I continued with the above diet because I'm still trying to get them to accept the pellets along with the nutriberries.
But then just earlier today I noticed that Spring's cere appears to be changing colour yet again to brownish. Otherwise he's behaving just as he usually does - playing with his new toys, getting along with Candy, and he has a healthy appetite. But I'm still incredibly concerned about the cere colour change - the second change in six months. He does also still seem to be more fluffed up than usual.
Should I just continue with making their diet healthier - reinforcing the pellet diet, introducing foraging, fruits/veggies/Vitamin-A-high foods and so on - in the hopes that his cere colour will turn blue again, or is this something that I should revisit the vet about? The problem is that I'm a minor and dependent on my parents, and they always think I'm overreacting whenever I say we should take Spring to the vet. They won't do anything unless I can convince them with proof that there's a serious problem.
On a similar note, Candy has stayed perfectly healthy throughout all of this. She's always been the more inclined of the two of them to eat pellets and healthier foods.
Last edited by CGreenleaf; 03-03-2018 at 06:54 PM.
When a male budgie's cere turns from blue to brown, it is often a sign of a hormonal imbalance or testicular cancer.
I would recommend having Spring examined by an Avian Vet for a proper diagnosis and treatment protocol.
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.
I would also recommend you purchase knotgrass and begin giving it to your budgies as a supplement.
You can serve it dry, sprinkle it over other foods, mix it in egg food and even make it into a "tea" for them to drink. It is natural and impossible for you to overdose with it. You can purchase it on-line through Amazon. I give it to all of my birds as a preventative measure.
I hope you will convince your parents of the need for Spring to be seen by an Avian Vet.
Please be sure to update us in this thread with regard to his condition.
I'm praying for a good outcome for him.
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I'm sorry to hear that your little one is having issues. This seems like a redundant question, but you're sure that your boy is male, right? Female budgies have pale blue ceres which turn brown when they are in breeding condition before reverting back to blue. However, if he's definitely male, I agree that you need to get him seen by an avian vet right away.
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