We finally managed to see the avian vet this morning. After trying in vain to get Clouds onto a tiny transport cage that had been lent to us, and since I didn't want to have to grab him again one way or another (next time, next time) I finally gave up and decided that the best option was to get him in his big cage and bring the whole setup to the vet. Téo, who was home sick from school, helped a lot and kept Clouds reassured (somewhat) during the 25 minute drive.
The vet couldn't say whether the (still) dry patch at the base of his cere was scaly face mites but then she looked at his feet and showed me the telltale little pinkish patches. Since we'd already done 2 weekly application of an eprinex solution, she told us to continue doing so for another week and said we should be fine after that. Yay and teepee!
She said his cere would go back to normal on its own once the mites were gone.
Now I need to track the breeder that we got Clouds from in order to let them know about the scaly face. The chairman of the local budgie club has already offered to help with that. It is impossible to say whether the breeder has a scaly face problem. After all, Clouds had been at a bird show for a couple of days when we took him home. He was stuck with two other birds in a tiny cage amongst a wall of dozens of such tiny cages. He could easily have got contaminated then.
It would also be interesting to have a chat with the breeder about what they give to their aviary birds so as to understand better why Clouds came to us as such a seed junkie...
Our vet explained that New Zealanders seemed to be very far behind in terms of bird nutrition and that most people (lots of breeders included, unfortunately) believe that all that budgies need is a seed diet.
In fact, two weeks agor, the 'bird specialist' at our pet store told me that budgies didn't need anything else than seeds and explained that what I read on the internet (meaning on this forum) was just typical 'American food-fad nonsense'. It makes me giggle to think of the comments this is going to get
Other than that, she didn't find anything wrong with him but commented that he was very quiet for a budgie. I don't what you guys think but from a bird who's still settling in his new family and has just been put, cage and all, into a strange moving thing that makes a lot of noise, then hauled into a strange place and has a strange person staring at him through the bars of his cage, I really wonder what else should be expected?
Anyway, pleased that this ordeal is over. Clouds made the trip back into the tiny transport cage. He did not appreciate that at all and kept chewing on the bars (not such a quiet budgie anymore). As soon as we came back, we put him back in his cage, close to us but not too close, cage covered on three sides. Téo read to us quietly for a while.
Clouds must have been very disoriented because as soon as he came out of his tiny box, he went for the pellets and had a feed
Completely forgot that he didn't like them