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Old 03-20-2015, 10:48 PM
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My bird has been fluffed up and sleeping a lot recently, and her cere is all brown and crusty, she's been eating but that's the only thing she really does.

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Need to describe more for me to understand the condition your bird is in. My main question is her age, as an older bird would need to get more rest and not be as active as a younger bird.
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Old 03-20-2015, 11:02 PM
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Need to describe more for me to understand the condition your bird is in. My main question is her age, as an older bird would need to get more rest and not be as active as a younger bird.
She's pretty young, I don't know exactly but probably a year or a little under a year, and another thing I forgot to add was that she is near the end of a molt (Which came almost immediately after another one, and by immediately I mean she only had about a week of non-molting, so I don't know if that means anything) but I think that it's more than just molting because she's never done this during her other molts.
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Do you have a photo of her (i.e. of her cere as it looks now?) Some things are easier to guess by actually looking."Brown and crusty" is open to some interpretation, I fear.
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Old 03-21-2015, 04:58 AM
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Sound to me like she is in breeding condition and is molting?
just give her a quiet time, lots of eggfood in her diet.
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My Sammy is also just shy of 1 year (he'll turn on April 13), and he had 2 molts back to back. The first was very light and included some back and chest feathers. The second one has been super horrible and has been of the face and neck feathers.

My vet says that after the first year, budgies will tend to molt in more of a single process, whereas baby budgies molt one section of their body at a time. Feed your budgie homemade egg food or give her Nekton Bio vitamins or another high-quality molting vitamin (I prefer the ones that you sprinkle on food rather than put in the water as vitamins in the water can create a bit of a bacteria fest if you're not careful) to help get through the molt quickly.

Pictures of your budgie would be great to help you out, but a hen's cere does get brown and crusty when she's in condition, as Vargur says.
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all birds go through 3 molts in their first year... and a lot of times those molts will stack.

First molt is usually around 3 months ((some birds start it later)) Second is around 6 months ((some start it early, and some start it later..)) Third is near the year mark...

Sounds like she's just having a rough time with molting.

As the others have said, she is in condition ((the brown crusty cere is what says that)) and she's just having it rough. Just continue to be sweet to her and look after her, she'll snap back to normal once all the feathers come in.
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I got some pictures of her, her cere is starting to turn blue again, today theres gooey stuff around her beak, and when she tries to chirp it comes out all congested sounding, and she seems to be breathing heavy. When she walks or climbs she's stumbly and when she slips she'll spread out one wing, and she's also been flying over to me more, before she never did that but now if I leave the cage open she'll just fly to me and climb onto my shoulder.

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Sounds like a respiratory infection, your bird needs a vet visit and antibiotics asap. In the meantime try to get her to eat and drink as much as possible. Maybe take her into a steamy bathroom to help loosen up the congestion.

She's quite cute, please let us know how she is doing and what the vet says.
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I believe an Avian Vet trip ASAP is the best option based on you saying she has discharge.
How are her poops?
Please take her to a vet, it sounds like she's battling respiratory infection.
She is so cute.
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