My budgie, Chico, has been doing great in his home and is now happily finger-trained, but there have been a few issues currently with him.
He is a completely happy bird that loves chirping, playing with his toys and occasionally playing around with me, but I have started to see some redness on his cere that has concerned me recently. I don't recall seeing this a week ago, so it must be recent.
I'm also concerned with his beak and the top of his cere. It might be a molt but I haven't seen too many pin feathers (he gets those a lot). I'm wondering if anybody can help me out? I'd love to try out any home remedies that are safe for Chico
Here are the pictures:
He is comfortable with a camera that close and I did get him from a pet store as I know how poorly those are treated. There also aren't any shelters near me with budgies so I had to stick with the pet store route. I know it's better to get from shelter/breeder, but my shelter doesn't support budgies/birds. There also weren't any breeders in my area
Also, Chico loves to rub his head against his perches if that might be the culprit. Not super aggressively, but enough to considerably smooth the perch (he's been doing this ever since I got him about a year ago).
If anyone can help me out, it'd be greatly appreciated!