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I have a 7.5 year old budgie, Shu. He is a wonderful bird with a penchant for other things green (like himself). Though he suffered a fractured leg 5 years ago, he is nevertheless a very active bird who has free roam of our house and does occasionally go outside. Shu gets fed a diet of mostly birdseed supplemented with leafy greens and other veggies.

In the past 3 years or so, Shu's cere has turned from bright blue to now a flaky brown! Can someone tell me what's going on?

I have some old pics of him. He goes from bright blue (like normal male color), and it starts going dark and flaking at the corners. Also, Shu's cere used to be soft, like skin, when it was blue. When it becomes darker it also becomes a bit harder and crusty(?)

Thank you so much StarlingWings!
In the case that I can't get him to an avian vet, should a non-specialist be able to check him out properly? Also, if it is a hormonal problem, will he still be able to live life normally?


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Hello and :welcome: to the forums!

I'm sorry to hear that Shu's cere has turned brown :( In males, that indicates either a hormone imbalance, or possibly testicular cancer. His diet seems to be healthy, and it's good that he eats his greens as that can help a lot :D

First thing, I would get him checked out at a vet because it's best to catch these things before they progress further. In the meantime, milk thistle and dandilion root work well with fighting potential cancer or similar problems, as well as to detoxify the liver in case the problem is there. You can buy both these supplements at a health food store. :thumbsup:

He sounds very healthy and although he's reaching old age, I think he's a strong little fellow and surely will pull through :fingerx:

We'd love to see even more pictures of him in the future because he is a very handsome little man! Please keep us updated and let us know what the avian vet says when you're able to get him into an appointment. It's always better to let trained professionals diagnose problems like this so you know how to treat it with the greatest accuracy. :)

It's great to have you with us and please do ask about anything you're concerned about as we're always here to help.

Hope to see you around! :wave:
 

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Hi and :welcome: to Talk Budgies!

It's important to take your budgie to an Avian Vet for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

Shu's cere may have turned brown due to a hormonal issue or it could be caused by something more serious such as a testicular tumor.

I'm sorry your little fellow is having problems and I'm sending healing energy, positive thoughts and prayers for his recovery. :hug:

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It appears Starling and I were posting pretty much the same thing at the same time. :laughing1:
I just wanted to add that little Schubert is a very handsome little guy.
The pictures you've posted of him are adorable!
 

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In the case that I can't get him to an avian vet, should a non-specialist be able to check him out properly? Also, if it is a hormonal problem, will he still be able to live life normally?
It's best to find an Avian Vet if at all possible. Avian Vets have special training to determine the cause of symptoms resulting from illness or trauma.
When you rely on unskilled individuals, you delay effective treatment. This can prolong suffering that may be avoidable.

The bird will often require a more intense, prolonged treatment with a poorer chance of full recover than it would have if you seek prompt professional diagnosis and treatment at the first sign of illness.

Locate an Avian Vet

Association of Avian Veterinarians
http://www.aav.org/search/index.php

International Vets Register
Vets

Bird Vets Near You
Veterinarians.com
The next best option is to find an Exotic Vet who treats birds. While not as desirable as an actual Avian Vet, the person will have more experience with birds so is a better choice than a regular vet who specializes in dogs and cats.

As Shubert has no other health problems at this time, if his problem is simply a hormonal imbalance, with dietary changes and supplements and/or possibly Lupron injection(s) if prescribed by the vet, he should be able to continue to lead a happy and active life. :)
 

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I have a bird with the same issue with his cere turning brown. When it first started turning brown the vet did a series of barium x-rays and blood work and it was determined that he has a testicular tumor, that was August 2014. He is being treated with Lupron injections and is on a daily dose of Metacam. He is doing well although his cere remains about 60% brown. I would suggest seeing an avian vet, a vet that does not have experience with birds will not have the skill or the knowledge to treat or accurately diagnosis the problem. If there are no avian vets where you are perhaps you can discuss with your vet the possibility of him/her consulting with a avian vet for the treatment of your bird.
 

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Iodine deficiency is also one of the causes

Proper investigation by an avian vet is must for diagnoses and treatment

Best of luck :)
 
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