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I have a beautiful boy budgie who I have had for 7 months and he is 1 year and 1 month old. He has brought such joy to my life and although he eats normally, is chirpy and poos normally I have noticed that his cere is crusty and in the last few days cracks has appeared on his beak.

I love him so much and I hope he is okay. I am not sure if it could be mites? But I would really like some advice from someone who knows what they are talking about. I have included a picture from this morning (he was a bit sleepy!) if it is mites how could he have mites when he has been away from other budgies for seven months?

Please help me, I am so worried about him... Take a look at the included picture
 

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Hmm, if it's not mites then it could be some sort of vitamin or mineral deficiency. The vitamin/mineral deficiency could be due to improper diet or his organs not functioning properly. What's his diet like?

Your best bet is going to an avian vet.
 

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He has a seed diet and I use millet when I train him. He eats salad leaves and loves them. I have tried pieces of Apple and carrot sticks but have never seen him touch it... From the picture in your opinion do you think it could be vitamin deficiency as opposed to mites?
 

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If I had to pick one, I'd say it's a deficiency, although I wouldn't rule out mites. The salad leaves you mention, what are they? Have you tried offering endive, kale, Swiss chard, collards, dandelion leaves, spinach, or watercress? Since he loves salad leaves, he should readily accept the others. You can also try sprouting seeds for him. They are super nutritious and if you only let them sprout a little bit (just a nub of a root peeking out), you should be able to get him to accept them.

Do you add vitamins to his water? The best vitamins I know of would be Nekton-S. It has the omega fatty acids, vitamins, and trace minerals. You'd have to order it online, though.

I'd say it looks like vitamin A deficiency. You can also make him tea and see if that helps. Make the tea out of alfalfa leaf, dandelion leaf, and dandelion root. Add three generous pinches of alfalfa leaf, two of dandelion leaf, and two of dandelion root. All the ingredients can be purchased from a health food store. The tea can be safely kept in the fridge for three to five days. The tea can be left in his dish for three to five hours. It's a nice mild tea and is packed with vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A and the ever elusive vitamin D. It'll also cleanse his liver, kidneys, etc.

Make sure that the tea is room temperature before serving, as little birdie mouths burn really easily.
 

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Thank you so much! That is really useful. I will try some of those veggies-especially the tea. Yes I do have some vitamin supplements to put in his water.

The salad leaves are just ordinary lettuce leaves I grow in the garden.
 

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No problem ;). There are lots of herbs that are good for budgies: http://talkbudgies.com/holistic-natural-remedies-[articles]/103924-herbs.html

Do you grow beets? You could try offering beet tops too. Definitely keep pushing those veggies. Have you tried him with tomato yet? I scrape out the gooey part and put it in the garbage then I give it to my guys. It's their favourite! They love celery too.

Have you offered your boy anything in the way of protein? You can make up a hard-boiled egg then mash it up and see if he'll eat it. I need to work with my guys to get them to try it.
 

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Oh I hadn't thought about tomatoes! That is quite a good idea. I have had a go at celery too but as he is quite a nervous budgie it takes a while for him to investigate the food. For example when I started putting salad leaves in his cage it took him a few weeks to try them and now he loves them!

Nope I haven't tried protein, I might give boiled eggs a go.
Thank you for your advice it has been invaluable!
 

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No problem ;). A good way to get birds to eat new things is by demonstrating the fact that the food is edible, i.e. eat a slice of tomato in front of him. Also, if he's really nervous, you could try clipping new foods to the outside of the cage, then try giving him some fresh stuff the next day. It's also a good way to introduce new toys and perches.
 

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Tried both of those already and I have had a go at coating for example carrot sticks in seeds.. I guess perseverance is the only option
 

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You can also offer him some broccoli, thyme, parsley., basil, carrot tops. oats, I give my guys grass from outside they love it especially if it has seeds. :budgie:
 
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