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Old 03-21-2006, 01:34 PM
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My budgie (Danny) has a scaly brown patch that covers the blue part above his beak. Will this ever go away? I do have some lotion, but it either doesn't work or Danny rubs it off. I heard this condition is caused by tiny mites and can be passed onto other birds.

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Does Danny's cere (the fleshy blue part above the beak) look crusty? Do you notice a honeycomb appearance to the cere? Would you be able to get a picture of him? I would highly recommend that you get Danny looked at by an avian vet. The medications and treatments you buy in the pet stores can be very harmful, particularly if you are treating your budgie for something that he doesn't really have.

If he does have mites, the only treatment is Ivermectin which you would need to get from an avian veterinarian. Determining the correct dosage is based on your budgie's weight so he would need to be weighed and treated accordingly. If mites are not treated, a budgie's beak can deform and make it impossible for them to eat. Worst case scenario is that the budgie would die of starvation. In a relatively minor scenario, your budgie would likely require beak trims for life (by an avian vet) if the mites weren't treated early enough.

My budgies Skyla and Aries had mites. This is a picture of Skyla when she had them so compare what your budgie looks like to Skyla (keep in mind that my budgie is a girl so instead of the whitish pinkish cere you see in this picture, Danny's would be blue):
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Budgiekin, that was very clear and easy to understand, Well done!
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if you can't get to the vet . I have used a home remedy for years and had no problems with it.
small amt of Dettoll (anti bacterial antiseptic wash) diluted with water wash the cere beak also the legs as Scales are contagious. Then smother vaseline or vegie oil over the washed parts. Do this every second day for two weeks and the scale should be gone.
When you wash the bird with the solution be very careful you don't get it in the eyes or mouth. Use a cotton bud to dip in the solutionand very carefully loosen the scale it won't all come off at once.
The vaseline suffucates the mites that are still there.
Also quarantine the budgie until clear
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when my bird have scaly beak i treated him with coconut oil. in someway it have affect for my bird and some of it is gone.
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Maybe "he"'s just a female budgie that went into breeding condition???
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