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Hello, I'm new to the forum, so I hope I'm not doing anything wrong. I just got a budgie in February, and it's incredibly skittish, so it's not fully tamed yet. I'm a definite over-worrier, and for the tiniest little things about my budgie, I always worry, so it's not exactly a good match for my parents.
Anyways, now to the problem. I've been coming home for months to find the bottom of the cage floor littered with tiny feathers. For the first few weeks, I thought it was a molt. But this carried on for months and months, and my budgie started flying all over the cage, banging into everything, and at the end, the cage has a new addition of 1-2 feathers. It won't let me get near it, and I'm worrying that something is wrong. It's been like this for around 2 months, and I don't spot many pin feathers. And on top of it all, the taming process is not going well. At all! Lately, I've noticed a bald patch on top of it's cere, and that got me in tears every night. Is it banging it's feathers off? Is it even moulting? I couldn't even get it to change diets!
I hope this is just another silly worry of mine. My parents are probably going to scold me again if I bring it up. I've heard great things about this place. Please help me! Thank you so much for reading!

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I don't think that my parents would let me... they are really strict (I'm not sure if they would even let me be on this site), I'm so sorry. But I can describe it:
The cage is a bigger table top cage, we were not able to afford a flight cage. Inside there are lots of homemade toys (bird safe), and a few perches. She has enough space to fly from one perch to another.
The budgie is blue, and looks overall healthy. She usually just stays and chews on pieces of paper. She usually flies a few times around the house when we let her out, then returns to her cage. Btw, I'm not sure if it's normal for a budgie to like clinging to window shields?
Lmk if you need more info, I'm sorry, again, this is the best I can do.

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Without seeing the bird we really cannot tell if the feather loss is abnormal. Many things can effect the behavior, it sounds like the bird is terrified of something. Where is the cage kept in the house, do you have other pets, could someone else in the house be teasing the bird or mistreating it in a way that would make it afraid of everything, what do you feed the bird?
How much time do you spend with the bird? Please explain how you and others in the family interact with the bird.

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The cage is kept at the wall in front of the staircase. I have no other pets. The budgie sometimes chitters when I'm playing piano, but I'm not sure if that's good or bad. Most my other family members ignore the bird, and get on with their lives.
When we cook, it is a little noisy, at times. The only person I could think of that may be teasing the bird is my grandmother, she doesn't know much about bird care. It's currently on an all-seed diet, but I mix in pellets and veggies every day, it's just not taking them. I spend an hour with the bird a day, I'm really busy with school and homework, but in the summer I'll be able to spend all day with it. I'll try and see if I can take a pic tonight or tomorrow.
Again, it feels like it's scared of almost every single thing. I just wish I knew what.

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The area where you have the bird cage is not a good choice. Try to put the cage with the back of the cage to a wall where the bird feels it has some protection.
Additionally, you need to educate your family members (including your grandmother) that birds are not to be teased under any circumstances.
How large is the budgie's cage?

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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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It sounds to me as if you need to have your budgie examined by an Avian Veterinarian to ensure there are no underlying health issues.

Avian Vets have special training to determine the cause of symptoms resulting from illness or trauma.
This is important as "regular" vets will often overlook symptoms that are quickly obvious to an Avian Vet.
When you rely on anyone who has not had training in Avian diagnosis and care, you may be delaying 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 recovery than it would have if you seek prompt professional diagnosis and treatment at the first sign of illness.
If there are no Avian Vets near you, please find an Exotic Pet Veterinarian with experience in dealing with small birds.
Having your budgie examined by an Avian Vet allows you to develop a good relationship with the vet in case your bird needs care for an injury or illness in the future.
Additionally, it is always helpful for the vet to have a baseline for your bird to refer to should it need future treatment.

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