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Old 03-24-2015, 12:39 PM
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I noticed some gunky looking stuff on my budgie's cere but only a little, from what I've read regarding mites and illnesses it doesn't seem to meet their description (though it's hard to tell) but since the cere isn't fully smooth I thought I'd best ask just to be sure. I tried to take a couple pictures but I don't know how well you can see it in them... Can some of you more experienced budgie owners tell me if it's a problem to take to a vet or just me being overly worried again?
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Look's like the healthy cere of a very pretty Hen coming into condition to me...
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Is your bird a male that usually has a blue cere and it is turning brown, or is your bird a female?
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when I first looked I thought he'd be male but given this is my first budgie experience I may have been wrong. I think it was more blue before though, as I was pretty sure until just looking again now...
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If your bird is a female then I agree with Jonah, but if your bird is a male that normally has a completely blue cere that is now becoming brown, it could be a sign of a hormonal imbalance.
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what could be a cause of hormonal imbalance? Could it be diet? I recently got him to change his diet to pellets instead of seed (though he still does get a little seed every day) but haven't got him eating fruit or veg yet
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I'm sorry to say, but to me the colour on the cere doesn't at all look normal to me. I think your budgie really is a boy. That odd colour I have never seen in any of my females coming into condition. And some years ago I also had a boy (one of my chicks as a matter of fact) that had an hormonal problem and the cere started to have an odd colour quite similar to your budgie's.

Also females ceres aren't all that blue overall when not in condition, they have more of a creamy white appearance that gradually starts to tan till it gets dark brown in colour.
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