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So, I’ve gotten a new baby budgie recently. Its probably a young budgie like 2-4 months. It’s been 5 days since I had it. I was spending time with it yesterday and saw that his butt (vent) area had no feathers and looked really sore. It had a bit of poop stuck today, so I cleaned it and bathed him for the first time, and put a bit of Vaseline in his butt area because it looked so irritated. I feed him pellets and the budgie chirps, moves a lot in the cage, eats, and drinks water so it doesn’t act like it’s in pain. I have another budgie where his butt looks nothing like that. I’ve been quarantining this budgie just in case it is sick. I’m scared it might need surgery and I don’t have money for that right now. I plan on taking him to the vet but if anyone has experience dealing with something similar please give me your opinion.

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Most likely the bird had runny droppings that got stuck to the area and if the droppings dried and were stuck there, the bird may have pulled out the feathers when trying to remove the stuck droppings. It is not unusual for a bird to have runny droppings for a few days when being brought into a new home but should be checked by an avian vet if it does not clear up. Take a look at this link
 

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Yeah, echoing what Cody said. My Wasabi had a bout of diarrhea (bout is understatement, she was sick for 6 months) and due to the diarrhea and poop getting stuck to her vent, she had a bare bottom as she'd pluck the feathers. It grows back once the irritation / diarrhea stops.

Good news is, you're taking budgie baby to the vet. I don't think it'll need surgery. Most likely they may be a tad poorly and will be given medicine, or like Cody said, it's just the stress of moving.
 

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It is definitely a good idea to have your new budgie examined by an Avian Veterinarian for his "well-birdie" check-up.
The vent area is, as Cody indicated, probably sore and irritated from "pasting of the vent".
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Yeah, echoing what Cody said. My Wasabi had a bout of diarrhea (bout is understatement, she was sick for 6 months) and due to the diarrhea and poop getting stuck to her vent, she had a bare bottom as she'd pluck the feathers. It grows back once the irritation / diarrhea stops.

Good news is, you're taking budgie baby to the vet. I don't think it'll need surgery. Most likely they may be a tad poorly and will be given medicine, or like Cody said, it's just the stress of moving.
what medicine did your vet give your budgie. And did you introduce your budgie to other budgies you may have? Is it contagious?
 

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I'm not going to answer that because it won't help you at all. A vet didn't help me diagnose Wasabi at all. It was a nightmarish case of trial and error because the alternative was for her to slowly die due to malnutrition. There are no avian vets in this third world country.

Your best course of action is to take the little goober to the vet and get a proper diagnosis. Self diagnosing and self medicating can do more harm than good, you could be nuking the natural flora and good bacteria and give rise to an even worse infection.
 
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