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Hi everyone. Im new here.
I got my new budgie 5 days ago. It's a 3mos old male, i named it Izzy.

He's mostly quiet only chirps like once or twice. It's wings were clipped suggested by the petstore i got it from. I just noticed today that it seems breathing heavily or it's just cold, i don't know. I've been reading also about tail bobbling. I wonder if he's just nervous or scared.
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I'll try to post q video. I'll figure out how later.

I've been reading a lot and I'm paranoid if he's got respiratory problems. Pls help. Thank you.
 

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Izzy is very cute. He's probably still very scared and nervous and the reaction is panting. I don't see any nasal discharge that would indicate an upper respiratory infection. It takes a few weeks for a new bird to feel secure in a new home. Talk softly to him frequently so he gets used to you and does not see you as a threat.
 

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Izzy is very cute. He's probably still very scared and nervous and the reaction is panting. I don't see any nasal discharge that would indicate an upper respiratory infection. It takes a few weeks for a new bird to feel secure in a new home. Talk softly to him frequently so he gets used to you and does not see you as a threat.
Thank you so much.
It's only been 5 days but I'm so invested in him. He's super cute. 🥰
 

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Hello and welcome to the forums!

Cody has given great advice. Izzy is a cutie. However, I am seeing some flakiness on his cere and want to make sure it’s not mites. I know he’s scared but is there any way you could get a closer photo of his beak area?

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Hi, Welcome to Talk Budgies!

Izzy is a PRECIOUS little budgie boy!

I agree with what both Cody and StarlingWings have advised.
Is there any way you could get a closer photo of his beak area to ensure he does not have scaly mites?

Budgies need a minimum of two weeks to settle into their new home.
Please do not try to touch or tame him at this time. They are often submissive initially because they are terrified.
You can cover the top and three sides of the cage to help Izzy feel more secure.
Play music or the TV for him when you are not around during the day.

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It does appear that Izzy has scaly face mites, you need to get this treated before it gets worse, do you have an avian vet?
Oh no.. i'll bring him to the petstore that i bought it from. It appears he also is a vet kinda.

Thanks for letting me know.
 

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Ok so brought him to the petstore and the shop keeper was very nice to treat him for free. He just put some ointment/medicine in one of his legs and thats it. He said the skin will absorb it and kill whichever insects that bite Izzy within 24 hrs. And I also asked about the panting issue, he said it's normal as izzy is still young, like a baby.

Thank you @Cody for the replies 😇
 

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Scaly face mites should be treated with a drug called Ivermectin, if the ointment that was put on the legs contained it then it should work but if it did not it may not be effective, you may want to inquire if what was used contained it. To get rid of all the mites it may require more then one treatment so keep a close watch on it.
 

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The medication should have been Ivermectin and should have been applied to the back of the budgie's neck between the shoulder blades.
I'm surprised the pet shop put anything on your bird's leg.
The bird can easily ingest it from there when it preens which is not something we want happening.

Cody is correct - the amount of scaly mites your budgie has may require more than one treatment.

If so, the second treatment needs to happen 14 days after the first treatment.

I would order the ivermectin and ensure the second dosage is properly applied if necessary.

Avimec 50 ml (made by Vetafarm)
 

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Ok thank you guys. I have no idea why he put it there but he mentioned it is also used for worms. Something like that.

But anyways, i'll observe izzy's condition. I hope he gets better. He started moving around his cage more often compared when i first brought him home.
 
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