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Hey.

Long story short, I have a two-year-old female budgie Mango (green/yellow) and I noticed a couple months back that her cere had started drying and pointing upwards. I didn't think much of it since she wasn't showing any signs of discomfort.

It has lately gotten more severe (as seen in the photo) and I'm getting seriously alarmed. I've contacted a vet and they said that it might be malnutrition or not eating enough fruits and vegetables. Since then we've tried adding and broadening her nutrition but the cere hasn't shown any signs of improving. I don't know what to do at this point. Help would be appreciated!

She seriously eats and drinks normally, does daily flying, plays actively and sings all day long. No signs of anything.

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From what I can see in the picture I would say that she has a hypertrophic cere, this a build up of keratin tissue on the cere due to estrogen, it is not serious unless it begins to block the nares and interfere with her ability to breathe, it is not caused by malnutrition.
 

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Cody has given you excellent advice and information.
You can have your Avian Veterinarian lexamine her, see if the keratin is beginning to block her nares and remove the excess keratin if necessary.

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