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Bought this female budgie a month back, couldn't help but notice this crust on her cere, I thought this could be mites but some pages online suggest it's a common hormonal thing among female budgies? But I think she's too young for that. I don't know.
I would really appreciate some suggestions as to what this could be so I can treat it soon.
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From what i see it is really mites and it's becoming more evident. I suggest going to an avian vet or apply a drop of scatt. But you should treat all of the birds as it can spread among them. The members here will provide you more information

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Definitely mites.
You will need to get some medication from your avian vet. You will also need to do a treatment on all your other birds even if they are not showing symptoms.

And to make sure that all the mites are gone, you will need to completely scour the cage, perches, toys, food and water dishes, anything that your bird comes into contact with. Mites are so small they can hide and live in the smallest crevices and you need to makes sure they are all gone so they don't re-infect your flock.

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You have been given good information from PoukieBear. All of your birds need to be treated. Keep in mind that ONLY spot-on treatments should be used on budgies. Don't use sprays or "home remediess" as you can cause more problems. It is best you get the medication from your Avian Vet.

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.
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