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Default My white birdie is dirty!

Over time those snow-white feathers slowly turned brown-ish. She is molting now and it appears the molting is sort of over but she is still dirty white for the most part. Her wings were clipped and the 2 new wing feathers that have grown out now stand out pearly white against the rest of her body.

Showering doesn't seem to help. She comes with me under the shower to get fully wet , and then you really start to see the dirtyness. The majority of her feathers turn into a grey to a dark grey color whilst wet. Some of her belly feathers even get close to being black..
And of course, those few new feathers remain shiny white.

I spoke to the pet store owner about this and he said that I could try using baby shampoo since that doesn't sting the eyes.
I even had a dream today where I washed my bird with the stuff haha.
I just want her to be clean white again, what can I do?

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Old 08-14-2015, 06:09 AM
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Hello, firstly DON"T use Baby shampoo or any other form of soap or shampoo on your budgie's feathers. The feathers are coated with oil from their preening gland , this what they rub their head on at the bottom of their back then rub elsewhere to distribute the oil.
After moulting some budgies actually change feather colours it is possible your budgie's mutation is some of the reasoning behind her looking how she does. If she regularly bathes and preens then her feathers should be fine.
You can use Dawn washing up liquid diluted in warm water to gently and lightly brush over her but don't soak her wet.
Can you post a picture for us we all love seeing budgies no matter how clean or dirty they are LOL.
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I don't think it's a colour change thing since the new feathers that are growing are clean white just as before. And like I said, the dirtyness becomes apparent once she is soaking wet where the dirty feathers show their 'true colours' which is dirty dirty dirt grey.
Btw I have no idea what you mean with Dawn liquid dish. You mean general dish washing soap? It's ok to wash the bird with that but not with baby shampoo?



Is it ok to repost a picture from my other thread? ;P

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Fully white budgies (or other fully white birds for that matter) will naturally get their feathers dirty more easily.
Back when I had albino budgies, I would use a spray bottle and mist them with lukewarm water in order for the dirtier feathers to look better.
Also keeping the cage super clean and the place they hang out during out of cage time clean also helps, but somehow they always manage to get their feathers a bit dirty and with stains around the cheeks especially after eating their veggies.

Your budgie's feathers look good to me on that pic.
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Oh, dark feathers when wet isn't dirt, that's just a quirk of feather structure.

There are small air pockets in the feather barbs that scatter light, which makes the colour appear the way it does when it's dry. When the feather gets wet, water enters the air pockets and changes the way the light reflects -- making the feather look much darker.

If you're interested in learning more, read up about structural colouration in feathers. It's pretty neat stuff.

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AWH what a cutie I now understand what you mean, even my green budgie s do this when wet! The feathers go a dark grey brown colour that is normal.
When birds are involved in oil spills and environmental disasters they actually wash them with Dawn dish washing liquid, I am not personally aware of this brand either.
I think ypour sweet budgie is fine.
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Sooo.... how to get my bird white again?
You all just seem to say 'accept your bird looking dirty' :/

Spray him with Dishwasher soap mixed with water?
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Sooo.... how to get my bird white again?
You all just seem to say 'accept your bird looking dirty' :/

Spray him with Dishwasher soap mixed with water?
Spray with dishwasher soap mixed with water could make your budgie's eyes get irritated, not to mention the possibility of ingestion of the diswashing product during the spray and while preening the wet feathers.

I'd say accept your budgie the way he/she is, even if the feathers are not 100% white. And if you are concerned about the cleanliness, just keep everything super clean and give your budgie white mineral blocks, calcium, etc. Do not use the coloured ones.
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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 .
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Daily misting with plain warm water with a few drops of eucamint in the water,
Will encourage the bird to preen a lot more. When feathers get wet the under coat colors show. When blood or other organic matter gets on the feathers use
Re-nu for contact lens wearers will clear this up. It is safe around eyes. but do not put in yhe eyes, and never use peroxide. When the feathers are preened and dried the scruffies should clear away. if you have a dish for water change this so the long tail and wing feathers do not drag thru the water. Be sure your bird is feeling great as scruffy feathers are a sign that a bird is not feeling well enough to preen. Be sure the perches are placed so that the tail feathers are not being ruffled by the contact with the bars Blessings, Jo Ann
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