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Hi, My budgie, Pippin, is a very active and happy little fellow. He sings a lot and he is very social, always wanting to be close to me and my boyfriend. The past few weeks he has had a very thin and white horn-like growth next to his beak. It grows very quickly and I think it is soft, because it fell off around 2 weeks ago, but grew back. Since there is a lot of calcium in the water in the area that I live, I was thinking that it might be some kind of calcium build-up, but I'm not sure. I've been reading about scaly mites, and I'm not sure that could be it, seeing as the growth is only located in one small place. Any ideas to what it could be?
Here are some pictures of Pippin admiring himself in the mirror.

budgie beak - Album on Imgur

If it is scaly mites, how can I grab the bird to administer the medicine without traumatising him? He loves perching on our hands, but does not like us touching him.

(I should also add that the growth does not seem to interfere with anything. He is eating as much as always, chirping away happily, and does not seem bothered by it the slightest.)
 

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Hi and :welcome: to Talk Budgies!

Awww, Pippin is a very cute little boy and looks like a sweetheart!

The "horn-like protrusion" falls under the category of hyperkeratosis and may be caused by a Vitamin A deficiency.

Ensure your budgie is getting the proper nutrition and enough Vitamin A by adding the following to his diet: carrots, sweet potatoes, red peppers, squash, and dark green leafy vegetables (spinach, broccoli, collards).
In addition, beta-carotene supplementation is effective. Beta-carotene is readily converted by birds to the active
form of vitamin A and cannot be oversupplemented to produce toxicity.

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Thank you for the reply!

I'm happy to hear that you don't think it is scaly face mites :) I've recently started feeding Pippin carrots, red peppers and broccoli, which he loves. But I have to mix it in with his seeds, otherwise he looks at it suspiciously. But when it's in there he really digs in! :) And I've just purchased some vitamins that should be arriving via post anytime soon. So hopefully Pippin will be a healthier and even happier budgie soon! :D
 

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Welcome to the forums! :wave:
Pippin is a beautiful boy, as long as he has a balanced diet and sufficient nutrients like Deb mentioned, he should be better soon. Have you taken him to the vet for a check up just to make sure?

I'm so glad to see you on the forums with us, I'm looking forward to more pictures of little Pippin and feel free to ask about anything you're unsure of ;)
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Pippin looks all girl to me and I'd consider this to be early scaly face. which
is relatively easy to cure when caught early.
 

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Pippin is a cutie, I do not think it is scaly face mites as the growth is to long and hanging away from the face and cere area.
I would take Pippin to an avian vet for a wellness check to be on the safe side. great to hear you are getting him some extra vitamins. Be a good baby and eat all your good food!:budgie:
 

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We have no idea if Pippin is a girl or a boy yet. We just say 'he' and 'him' because he's named after a male character from the lord of the rings :)

What makes you think Pippin is female? :)
 

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Pippin looks all girl to me and I'd consider this to be early scaly face. which
is relatively easy to cure when caught early.
Here's a picture of the colour of Pippin's cere in better lighting. Imgur :)
How can you tell if it is male or female?
 

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Here's a picture of the colour of Pippin's cere in better lighting. Imgur :)
How can you tell if it is male or female?
Your Pippin is most definitely a very cute and beautiful budgie girl. :)
Her cere is showing the typical colours of a young female budgie, which is a very light bluish mingled with white colour. As Pippin gets older the cere progressively turns whiter and when about to reach maturity the cere will start to get a tan colour till it gets dark brown when in breeding condition.
The cere will revert to the creamy white colour once Pippin goes out of breeding condition.

The ceres on young male budgies are different, they have a uniform pinkish/purplish colour and when reaching maturity they turn a royal blue colour.
 
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Your Pippin is most definitely a very cute and beautiful budgie girl. :)
Her cere is showing the typical colours of a young female budgie, which is a very light bluish mingled with white colour. As Pippin gets older the cere progressively turns whiter and when about to reach maturity the cere will start to get a tan colour till it gets dark brown when in breeding condition.
The cere will revert to the creamy white colour once Pippin goes out of breeding condition.

The ceres on young male budgies are different, they have a uniform pinkish/purplish colour and when reaching maturity they turn a royal blue colour.
A switch in pronouns it is then! :)
 
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