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Thread Description:Head feathers no longer look normal.

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For several months his head feather haven't looked normal. They have been sticking up all over and now look like something brown is on them. He seems perky enough but doesn't chatter as much as he used to.
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Why haven't you taken your budgie to an Avian Vet for the proper diagnosis and treatment plan instead of waiting several months?

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.
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Has your bird been vomiting? Sometimes when a bird vomits it gets stuck to the face and head.
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Wow, I can honestly say that I've never ever seen a bird with this issue. A vet visit is needed, for sure!

Please keep us updated on what the vet says about this, i'm curious to know the outcome.
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I agree this needs the attention of an avian vet. This is not something that can be remedied by forum advice. It looks to me like she (you have a female not male) has been vomiting. They shake their head and it often goes on the feathers. Please get this checked out and treated by an avian vet right away.
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