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Old 08-14-2017, 05:41 AM
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Hi everyone. Recently my budgie has been looking a wee bit scruffy after his second moult. He has a few feathers that are quite long and scruffy looking (its kinda hard to explain). He seems to be in great general health - he's a really talker and is eating and drinking properly. He always has fresh seed and water, a cuttlebone and mineral blocks etc. All of the toys he has a fairly new (he's had most of them his whole life). We recently have added a new birdy in with him and they get a long really really great. The new budgie was quarantined etc and slowly introduced before permanently being put together and he is in great health also, he is going through his very very first moult so generally looks a bit scruffy with a lot of pin feathers etc. Just wanting an opinion on if you like my budgie is sick and what I can try - he is not very hand friendly and we do not have a specialist bird vet here in my country.

Attached is 2 photos - one as the original and one with a red box around the area of main concern. (yes he does look a little tired - it is bed time for them where I live).

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 08-14-2017, 11:19 AM
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I don't believe either of your budgies are ill.
They just look as though their feathers are not as smooth and sleek as normal.
This sometimes happens if the birds are still in the process of molting.

How large is the cage you have the two of them in?
If the cage is too small and the budgies are rubbing up against the bars frequently, that will make their feathers scruffy looking as well.

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Hi there and to the forums!

It's great to have you with us, your budgie is adorable and we'd love to meet his friend soon, too! What's his name?

I agree with FaeryBee that there doesn't seem to be anything wrong with him at this time, but if he becomes lethargic and stops eating, then his lack of feather preening could indicate a problem and you should take him to the vet. However, I don't think there's nothing to be worried about. Surely as he finishes his moult, he'll preen the offending feathers back into order

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