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Old 09-19-2016, 03:04 AM
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I have 5 Budgies, they are all acting normal, but one of the females has a little, what looks like wetness behind the eyes on the feathers. There is no discharge from the nose, and her eyes look normal. All of the other budgies look normal. They all have access to the same things, so it would be odd for one to catch something and the others to not catch it. Is there something normal that could cause the wetness, or could there be something wrong with her?

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Welcome to talk budgies Nick. Just like us, budgies eyes will water when irritated. Is she molting or doing excessive preening of herself or one of her friend's ? Probably just something to keep an eye on closely for now and see if it clears up or if you can identify a source of irritation. If they start looking worse, a trip to the avian vet would be good. Would love to see some pic's of your bird's ....
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Hi! to Talk Budgies

I would suggest you start by carefully rinsing her eyes with a sterile saline solution such as you purchase at a pharmacy.
If that doesn't help clear up the problem in a day or so, then I would recommend you take her to an Avian Vet for a check-up.

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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Hi there and to the forums!

Jonah and FaeryBee have given some great advice for helping our your little girl

Please be sure to update us on her condition, and I hope that it's nothing to worry about!

If her eye still seems irritated after rinsing it with the saline solution, you should drip a little weak chamomile tea (cooled to room temperature, no sweetener) in her eyes, which will help reduce inflammation.

In the meantime, be sure to read through the links provided by FaeryBee as they will keep you posted on the very best of budgie care practices!

Hope to see you around, and your little girl as well. (What's her name? )

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Her name is Jade, its only her left eye that is showing the wetness in the feathers behind it. I have been watching her, and it has not gotten any worse, and she still seems fine and happy. Its not exactly easy to get a close photo of her face. She hates anything like a phone or camera anywhere near her. I will wait and see if it gets any better on its own, since none of the other birds are having any problems. If it gets even the slightest bit worse, I will take her to the Vet. It does not seem to bother her either, so it might be nothing.
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I hope that she soon feels better! Keep us posted
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Answer Jonah gave is good. Probably not a problem, but do keep watching in case it does become a problem. From my experience, it never advanced to be serious. Good Luck.
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Jades feathers are not looking wet anymore, just a little dirty. Maybe I will just have to buy a bottle and mist some water over her, to help clean her face. I will still keep an eye on her, but I think she will be fine.
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Nick,

I'm glad to hear that her condition has improved! Misting her lightly may be a good idea.

Keep in mind that you should not point the bottle directly at her, but rather spray it above her and have the mist settle gently on her, like rain.

If she doesn't like it (i.e flinches away from it, or tries to run from the water) then it's just fine. You can offer her a shallow pan of water to bathe in if she'd like, too.

Not all birds like water, though, so keep that in mind
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