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Hi all, I'm new here, unfortunately I don't play with my budgie nearly as much as I probably should, so I only just I noticed this morning that she (we've assumed she is female but could be incorrect ) was scratching herself a lot.

She was trying to itch herself on perches and toys a lot yesterday and I didn't think much of it, so I looked closer today and she has a small lump above her cere and possibly an infected eye (unless that's just from scratching in that area).

I believe she is also in molting stage but her other side of the head looks fine, she is a bit puffed up though, but from what I've read they will do that when not feeling well.

I've tried contacting the local vets but none have availability today so the earliest she could be seen is tomorrow if I need to go.

She is eating and drinking fine, is there anything I could do to help her in the mean time?



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Poor little bird! I am not an expert on gender but wonder if the bird is male because of how dark blue the cere is.

I would provide a bath for her if she likes baths. Sometimes when birds are molting and/or itchy, they like to bathe. She doesn't need to bathe, so if that is not her thing, don't worry about it. Also, keep her a comfortable temperature. I would say keep her warm, but today it is quite hot where I am and would be uncomfortable for my bird without the AC on.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery for your little one!
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Hi Edward and to the forums!

She is a beautiful little girl for sure She's going though a very rough moult right now, as mentioned above. Offer her a bath, you can even make it with some chamomile tea (unsweetened and room temperature) as that can help with inflammation.

Additionally, supplementing her diet with egg food at this time will help new feathers grow in strong and healthy

Here a link you may find helpful:
https://www.talkbudgies.com/articles...e-molting.html

Best wishes to your little girl for a speedy recovery! Be sure to read through the other forum's articles and stickies as well. If you have any questions after reading through everything, please be sure to ask as we'd love to help!

Hope to see you around, keep us posted on how your girl's doing!
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Thanks for the welcome and advice I give her this during moult to help assist Feather-Up - Feather Conditioning Supplement she's never really taken to a bath although will preen if misted with water.

As for the gender, I am really not sure, sometimes the cere is mostly brown, seems to vary a lot! For example this photo when she was around 2


I've booked an appointment with the vets for Thursday anyway to see the bird specialist, I guess it's wise to go ahead with that to make sure everything is fine.

I do have some quinoa for human consumption, is this ok to add to the food? I've also removed some of her toys to stop her scratching on stuff too much!
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She is going through a heavy molt and is sure to be itchy and may be feeling a bit off because of the molt. In the first two pictures it looks like her nares might be slightly clogged, is that the case when you look at her, if so the vet may want to clean them out a bit. Cooked quinoa would be fine for her, my birds love it.
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She is going through a heavy molt and is sure to be itchy and may be feeling a bit off because of the molt. In the first two pictures it looks like her nares might be slightly clogged, is that the case when you look at her, if so the vet may want to clean them out a bit. Cooked quinoa would be fine for her, my birds love it.
They do slightly clogged yes, she seems to be breathing normally though, I'll keep an eye on her and look at cooking up some quinoa but until Thursday I guess there's not much else I can do, I'll try a bath but don't think it will happen
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She is definitely female Females' ceres change from brown to blue/white when they are in and out of breeding condition, respectively.
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Well I cooked up some quinoa for her and she didn't seem best pleased at first but looks like whilst I've been at work she's eaten most of it, her beak seems to give it away, seems to have a bit of sticky stuff on it which I assume is from head diving into the quinoa she will be going to the vet tomorrow morning anyway to make sure all is fine.

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So today we went to the vets and he drained the lump and cleared the nostrils out and has given me some medication for the next 5 days before another appointment, he's recommended to get some harrisons superfine food too to prevent selective eating, he wasn't 100% sure but thinks she could be a he, but until she is 100% better then he can't be certain.

Thanks for the advice from everyone and hopefully we get a full recovery
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I'm glad that the vet was able to see to the lump for her! It must have been a small feather cyst or something similar.

My best wishes for a full recovery for her!
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