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Old 07-11-2015, 07:27 AM
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Sunny looks like he has some dried blood on the top of his head which wasn't there this morning I think Louis must have done it - is this a bad sign or just a little squabble?

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Has there been animosity and actual fighting between them?
During a night fright a budgie can get a minor injury and also during a moult I have had the odd budgie or two to bleed a tiny bit from one of their forehead pin feathers while they were vigorously rubbing their heads on a perch or toy.
If they have been fighting and you rule out a night fright and possible consequence of moult, then that is a bad thing and you really should separate your boys in order to avoid bad fighting and more bloodshed.
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If it was a fight I recommend separating them into different cages!
If it wasn't that it could be molting or something sharp in the cage!
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Thank you for your replies. It's a bit of a mystery - I haven't seen any fighting and the cage and toys etc should be perfectly safe. I will keep a close eye on them over the weekend and separate them if they fight - I do have a spare cage if I need one.

He is moulting a bit so perhaps that's it.
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Most likely it was the other bird that did the damage. Any time there is blood it means the skin was broken. That means there is a chance for infection to set in. Suggest a vet examine this bird.
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Hi, Sue --

Since you haven't seen any signs of fighting and Swift is molting, my guess is that he rubbed a little to vigorously and scraped his head a wee bit. Were you able to examine his head for any sign of the injury?

Just keep an eye on them and if there is no fighting then Swift should heal up just fine.

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Hi, Sue --

Since you haven't seen any signs of fighting and Swift is molting, my guess is that he rubbed a little to vigorously and scraped his head a wee bit. Were you able to examine his head for any sign of the injury?

Just keep an eye on them and if there is no fighting then Swift should heal up just fine.

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No I haven't examined him as he's scared and I don't want to frighten him if I don't have to.

They do have squabbles, but I have never seen anything that I would call proper fighting. Hopefully Sunny will be fine and if not I will get him to the vet to get him checked out.
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Does he have any tiny pin feathers on his head? If so he may of broken one and it bled a bit. This happens sometimes and with such tiny pin feathers is usually not a problem. I think you are on the right track by observing for any squabbling/fighting and separating if you see any.
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