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Species: Parakeet/Budgerigar
Age: ~9 months

I have noticed, about 2 months ago, that my budgie had started to grow crust on the beak. I was unsure if this was normal, as I had read that during breeding season the ceres of females usually get crusty. However, I am still unsure of the sex of the parakeet. If this is a disease, then I believe it is knemidokoptes. I have included pictures of my bird below. If you could identify what the problem is, and the sex of the bird, it would be much appreciated.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7DVYbTGbCdndV9IRDVUQjl3c1U/view?usp=sharing https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7DVYbTGbCdnR1J1a2t0cmpDQmM/view?usp=sharing https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7DVYbTGbCdnME9WQW1Ka25zV3c/view?usp=sharing
 

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Welcome to the forums,

Your budgie is a female and unfortunately she has an advanced case of mites.
Given its progression, it would be best to have her seen by an avian vet specialist, so that she is prescribed with the correct dosage of treatment.
Most likely the vet will give you an Ivermectin based spot on treatment where you apply a drop of the product onto the back of neck and directly into the skin.
After each treatment, it's recommended to wash and disinfect the whole cage and accessories, including perches, toys, food/water containers, etc.
If you have other budgies or pet birds that have come into contact with her, they will also need to be treated.

Best of luck with everything. I hope your budgie will be rid of the mites soon.
 

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Mites are a serious issue and not something to be taken lightly.

http://talkbudgies.com/articles-budgie-disease-illness/340426-common-avian-parasites.html

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.

Please take your little one to the vet right away to begin treatment
and let us know how things progress.
 

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Hi, welcome. As said above, your bird will need treatment to get rid of the advanced stage of mites. Also a complete cage breakdown and disinfecting, while tossing out items that can't be thoroughly sanitized such as rope, paper, etc.

If you don't have an avian vet, we can help you locate one. Please get help for your girl asap, and keep us posted.
 

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Hi there and :welcome: to the forums!

It's great to have you on the forums and you've been given great advice so far! I hope that you're able to get your female to the vet as soon as possible, so she can be treated.

Be sure to read through all the links provided to stay up to date on the very best of budgie care, and if you have any questions, be sure to ask as we'd love to help :D

Please be sure to keep us updated on her condition! :fingerx:

Best wishes! :wave:
 
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