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Old 10-16-2018, 01:30 AM
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So just today I've noticed a weird white film around my budgies tail feathers. It almost looks like he has a piece of tape wrapped around them. (sorry for poor photo quality, he hates being handled so this is the best I could do) I tried googling and couldn't find anything similar. Am I being paranoid or is this something I should worry about? He's quite old (roughly 9 years) and lives on a predominantly seed diet (mainly due to his fussiness). I'm wondering if he's just getting to a stage where he just can't clean his tail feathers properly? All his other behaviour seems normal.

Any insight would be much appreciated.
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That is the sheath that the feathers have around them as they grow. He has recently grown new tail feathers and hasn't preened the sheath off them yet, possible because he is old and a bit stiff as you suggested. Usually you see it as pin feathers on the head, as elsewhere it is easy to preen so it crumbles into a powdery substance and falls off.
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Your pictures are not too clear but from what I can tell I agree with The prior post about it being the keratin sheath.
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I agree what you are seeing is the keratin sheath around the feathers.

As your little fellow is getting on in years, the chances that he's unable to preen his tail feathers to rid them of the sheaths is very likely.

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Hi there and to the forums!

You've been given great advice Your budgie is moulting and his new feathers are coming in! Feathers, as mentioned above, come wrapped in a thin sheath of keratin, which then falls off after the feather has fully come out. It's nothing to worry about, although you will have to do a bit more vacuuming during moulting season as it tends to get dusty

You've come to a great place to learn even more about the best of budgie care practices! Be sure to read through the forums' many budgie articles and "stickies" to ensure you're up to date on everything, and you have any questions after doing so, be sure to ask as we'd love to help

Cheers, we hope to see more of your budgie around here!
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