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Hi guys,
I was wondering if anyone knew anything about budgies hiding seeds in their feathers. My budgie shook a lot of small seeds (or at least that's what I think it is) off of him, but I've never seen him do this before. Can anyone tell me what that might be?

I'm worried that it might be some disease...

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Those look like seeds to me. Sometimes Fuji will get seed hulls stuck in his cheek feathers and his feathers around his beak.
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The first question I'd ask is whether there are seeds that look exactly like those in the seed mix you are giving your bird.

If there are not seeds that look like that in your budgie's seed mix, then I'd be concerned. What you have in the picture does not look like any of the seeds in the bird seed mix I use in which case I'd recommend checking with an Avian Vet and be sure to take the material with you for the vet to identify.

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Those are seeds that have been dehusked and most likely they have been eaten by your budgie. I'm sorry to say this, but chances are high he has vomited those seeds and during the bout of sickness a few seeds were stuck on his body. I had this happen with one of my budgies and know they can have a few loose seed on them after having vomited. You can also check for loose seed stuck on the cage bars or even the cage cover.

Do keep a close eye on your budgie in terms of activity, if he is eating well or not and be on the lookout for vomiting. When they are about to vomit, they start to do the regurgitating motion and then they fling their heads while seed shoot out of their beaks and go for all different directions.
If he continues to vomit, is fluffed up and sleepy and you notice a decrease in appetite, then it's best to take him to the vet's.

Deb, I'm quite familiar with that seed, it's white millet. That's how the seed looks like after being dehusked by the bird. It also has the same appearance after being expelled by the bird either by regurgitation (in this case the seed comes in clumped together) or vomited where the seed is loose.
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