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Hi everyone, I'm new to the forum. I adopted a budgie from my mom and this is the second time he has gotten this bald patch. The feathers grew back last time and they are coming in again. He got moved a few times recently so I don't know if this is stress that caused an extreme moult or if he has mites. Or both. He seems happy enough and not distressed but I honestly don't know much about him. Thanks for any advice.
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What is your handsome boy's name?

He is unfortunately going through a really bad molt and those are pin-feathers coming in on his head.

Budgies generally have a first light molt at around 3 - 4 months old and another at 6 -7 months old.
When a budgie reaches at 1 year old their molts adjust to the Seasons., After the adjustment the budgie will have its big molts in the Spring and Fall. Budgies may also have lighter molts throughout the year; triggered by stress, change in diet or change in environment.

You can supplement your budgie’s diet with egg food during a molt.
This helps your budgies replenish the energy lost during the time they lose and grow in the new feathers.
Additionally, egg food promotes good and healthy feather growth.
It is possible to buy ready-made egg food at any specialized pet store but just as easy to make your own by hard boiling an egg and mashing it up.
If you wish you can mix it with a bit of cooked quinoa and flax seed.
You can also finely chop some veggies and add it to the egg food mix.

If your give your budgie cooked quinoa, be sure you rinse it well several times before cooking.

Budgies get itchy during their molt, so they'll preen and scratch more often. Additionally, they may be sleepier and quieter as molting takes a lot of energy, and their poop could be a little runnier. To make them more comfortable, you can offer them baths either in a shallow dish of water (or Lix-It bath) or by hanging wet greens (romaine lettuce or kale works best) in their cage so they can nibble on it and rub against them.


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Please remove that yarn thing from his cage. If he ingests the fibers it can cause crop impaction.
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Additionally, that bell looks like it may be zinc and is also corroded. It needs to be removed and replaced with a new stainless steel bell.
Rust and corrosion as well as certain metals can cause heavy metal poisoning.

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Thank you so much! I really appreciate all of the advice. His name is Willie. He has had runnier poops. I tried a hard boiled egg earlier today, but I only broke it into tiny bits and he didn't eat it. I'll mash it and mix it with his favorite broccoli. The yarn thing is paper but it seems like that could be an issue so I'll remove that and replace the bells. I have a ladder going up the cage which has colored beads and I'm also worried that could be a problem. All bought from Amazon with assurances that it's non-toxic, but that can't be trusted. Thanks again....my anxieties are relieved!
 

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Willie is a handsome guy, all those pinnies together must be very uncomfortable and itchy, don't be surprised if he starts rubbing his head on something, when I see all those pinnies I just want to brush them open, I have attempted that on my birds, it does not work :LOL:
 
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