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Hi. . .

I'm not losing sleep over this or anything... however my bird on some of his first out-of-cage experiences / flights... made it up quite high to bookshelves and crown moulding... areas of which I realize now (once I got up there to get him) ... was in need of some dusting.

So his white cap is a bit beige-ish now. I've misted him a couple times (he's not ready for baths.... isn't interested in shallow pools of water) ... but he is generally ok with misting for a little bit. He lets me know when he's had enough of the mist. )

I'm curious more than anything else.... since water hasn't cleaned this off..... will it remain until the next molt?

Also.... could this discoloring possibly occur from rubbing his head on the natural branch perches I bought?

It doesn't show up very well in these images, but he's definitely a little bit of a dirty guy right now. ; )

I'm patient and like I said, I'm curious more than anything. ... I'd never use soap of any type. I saw there is one made specifically for birds... but while he is good at stepping up & is moderately tame... I know he would be massively against my restraining and bathing him. I'd never try that. I'm sure it was upset him very much.

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Purchase a small travel size Re-Nu from pharmacy. It is reasonably safe as it is used by contact lens wearers. People who show their their English Budgies
have this on hand as it cleans most stains like blood or carrot/beet stains very well we use a q-tip dipped in Re-Nu and then rinse with plain water. We avoid getting in eyes but it is effective. We have used it for 10+ years.
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Jo Ann has given you good advice if the "dirty look" really bothers you.
I have a couple of white birds that love to rub their heads on things so sometimes the top of their heads look a bit more "grey" than others.
I don't concern myself about it. They are healthy and happy and that is all that matters.
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Jo Ann --- Thanks for the tip! Much appreciated. Good to know if I ever need to use this trick. Thank you!

Deborah... I agree with you... not something I lose sleep over necessarily. I was just kind of curious if this happens with lighter birds in general. And how long it remains. To your point, even if I cleaned it, he might go rub his head on things soon thereafter anyway, and will mess it up again. He's so interesting. Yesterday he was loud as could be all day. Today... more mellow and chill and not so loud. He was a maniac yesterday. (Just with the "ack's" and the screeches.) It didn't seem out of the ordinary. More just like he had a ton of energy. I let him out to fly a lot... yesterday he just seemed like he want to perch on his favorite spots (the bookcases) ... and see how loud he could be. It was fine. ... He's not in that mood today apparently. He's on the bookcases... but the chirps are much softer. He seems more curious today, just sort of observing and taking things in. I actually really like the sound of his flapping wings. I just think it's a cool sound.

Your birds are gorgeous. (And so is the Sheltie.) I really like the yellow one in particular for some reason. They're all great... I think that one is my favorite. (*I'm originally from Virginia, btw. What neck of the woods are you? I grew up in Fairfax County.)
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Jo Ann .... I'm surprised your budgies let you go near their head with a q-tip? I doubt my bird would let a q-tip go near the top of the his head (or on the sides.) He doesn't like anything near his head. Never was into head rubs either. He's pretty tame... but his head seems to be a "no fly zone" as far as he's concerned....
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Thank you for the compliment. Sparky is a Dark Eyed Clear and is a 50/50 (50% English/50% American)
I love the bright yellow too -- it's so cheerful.

I live in Fairfax County in Reston.
I don't know how long you've been away from the area but Reston is now almost as bad as Tyson's Corner.
They are continually building more high-rise complexes and there are just way too many people.
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oh wow.... Reston used to be laid back. Really comfortable. That's why I don't live in that area... I live in NYC and I think it's not too different at this point. ; ) I've not lived in the area for 25 years. ... I have lots of family in Alexandria and McLean, but they're all moving to Charlottesville. They bought houses there and have basically begun their migration.

One day I might buy a dark-eyed clear. : )
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I'm simply waiting for the day my husband finally stops working so we can move away from here. I need open space and less congestion. Charlotfesville is definitely a much nicer area of VA.
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I hear you. I think a lot of people who have been in the area awhile are over it. It was much less congested before....and now it's over-developed. Do you know where you would like to go? Both my sisters are in your same shoes. At the end of careers (both them & their husbands)... and are on their last years in the area. Will depart upon retiring from their current jobs. I liked growing up there however.
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My preference is to live next to a lake, intercoastal waterway or the ocean. Failing that, then I need mountain/woods

I'd would consider TN, KY, NC, SC, GA or the very Northern part of FL.

Getting a commitment from the one who will have the final say is the hard part.
Pretty sure he won't go for either TN or KY.
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