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Your budgie doesn't look dirty at all in that picture, I definitely don't think he needs to be washed, I agree with Ana I suggested Dawn dish washing liquid previously as I thought your budgie had some sort of dirt stuck to him before seeing his picture. As I said also my budgies all go this colour when wet. Budgies need their feathers to be oily and they are the cleanest birds around.
I think what the problem is the new feathers are pristine much like a newly painted wall, over time daily grime and dust will have some effect on the colour.
Your budgie looks absolutely normal .
I seem to not be able to make it clear that it is absolutely, 100%, surely DIRT we are talking about here. It's not a colouring thing. When 2 wing feathers are next to each other , both big long individual feathers, and one is dark grey whilst the other is white it's obvious dirt.
Here I just took a new pic. View the full size please:





Notice how the upper wing feather and the long tail feather are really clean white compared to the rest of her body? Those two are new feather.

See how dirty the lower wing feather is? And the brown spots on the entire wing? (This is much more apparent in reality than what you see in the pic)

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Old 08-14-2015, 01:16 PM
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Your bird's feathers are not dirty -- they are perfectly normal. Feathers that come in "snow-white" do not always stay that way over time. I have a white Fischer's Love Bird whose feathers come in pure snow white after a molt also.
Over time the feathers do not remain "pure as the driven snow" but there is no question that they are clean

Your budgie is beautiful just as she is and I'm not sure why you can not accept that. Birds preen their feathers to clean them and using chemicals such as baby shampoo, dish washing liquid, etc. is definitely not in the best interest of your bird's health and well-being.

We have many experienced and knowledgeable people that have offered you excellent advice regarding your budgie's feathers.
Please listen and heed what they are telling you.
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As members have already suggested, I too am sure of your bird's color being normal. I have a fully white male budgie whose feathers get brownish over time as you indicated. Then after a moult, he looks all new.
Vitamin A also plays an important role in keeping the feather shine. Are you feeding vitamin supplements to her regularly...although as I've said, I thin she's completely normal.
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Your bird's feathers are not dirty -- they are perfectly normal. Feathers that come in "snow-white" do not always stay that way over time. I have a white Fischer's Love Bird whose feathers come in pure snow white after a molt also.
Over time the feathers do not remain "pure as the driven snow" but there is no question that they are clean

Your budgie is beautiful just as she is and I'm not sure why you can not accept that. Birds preen their feathers to clean them and using chemicals such as baby shampoo, dish washing liquid, etc. is definitely not in the best interest of your bird's health and well-being.

We have many experienced and knowledgeable people that have offered you excellent advice regarding your budgie's feathers.
Please listen and heed what they are telling you.
What do you think of this post?
https://talkbudgies.com/213905-post5.html

I won't use anything on her for now. But you can't blame me for wanting my friend to be completely beautiful white like she was before. I adore her and this has nothing to do with not thinking she's beautiful. Just from time to time I look at her and see how her head is yellowish, her back is crisp white, her wings are brownish and it all looks messy. I almost feel responsible to clean her up. Who doesn't want a shiny clean bird? Who doesn't want their bird to be shiny clean? There is nothing wrong with what I want.





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As members have already suggested, I too am sure of your bird's color being normal. I have a fully white male budgie whose feathers get brownish over time as you indicated. Then after a moult, he looks all new.
Vitamin A also plays an important role in keeping the feather shine. Are you feeding vitamin supplements to her regularly...although as I've said, I thin she's completely normal.
I give her Brocolli daily like every other week, that has Vit A right?
What I don't get is it seems the moult has stopped already. I thought more (or all) feathers would get replaced.
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She's beautiful

What's her name?

Also, remember that all moults are gradual and she's not going to suddenly replace all her feathers. It's normal for her feathers to get a little faded over time, just like a white shirt that you wash over and over again is going to loose some of it's colour and pick up some dirt. She's not "dirty"--her feathers are just stained from her normal activities. There's nothing you can do to make her feathers snow-white, as this is normal staining and as you have seen, her new feathers come in whiter. She will be less likely to get brownish feathers in the future if she doesn't come into contact with "dirty" surfaces or coloured mineral blocks and things, as mentioned.

It's commendable that you want to make her look her best, but there really is nothing you can do at this point in time. As long as she's preening normally and takes baths every so often, she's as clean as it gets. Soap or other potentially risky solutions are not going to remove the "dirt", just her natural feather oils which will actually make her more "dirty".

My sister has a white Diamond Dove. Her rump and back are completely white. However, because she likes to forage on the ground, her tail fathers are yellowish-brown. She is offered a bath every day, her cage is clean, and she preens regularly. It's just part of being a white bird
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Could she be rubbing her body on news paper or cage bars. I had a white hen that did this and she would look like she just climbed out of the coal bin. a light misting and a few days in another cage and she was fine, If ReNu does not clear it up it is a molting issue. My birds get their tails dirty if they drag them throuh a water tray get wet and then drag the tail through the food dish, But I do not think this is a problem of being dirty. It is just a molting problem your bird is beautiful!! Blessings, Jo Ann
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Thanks StarlingWings (thats a cool username btw, what do you mean with it?)

Her name is Kippetje. It means 'little chicken' in Dutch



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Do you have a dark wood chew toy in her cage?
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Thanks StarlingWings (thats a cool username btw, what do you mean with it?)

Her name is Kippetje. It means 'little chicken' in Dutch
Kippetje is such a cute name! Do you call her "Kip" for short?

I don't really know how I came by my username I just sort of thought of it one day hahah and liked how it sounded.
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