I remembered that feathers of my budgies' heads were sometimes not shiny and were almost like this budgie(I don't own this pic). http://therealbarackobama.files.word...6/1-budgie.jpg
Was it a bad sign?
Their bodies and face were all ok and clean but it's just their heads...
Don't worry, he's just molting! Molting is completely normal and occurs a few times a year and may last a month or so, it's when they lose some of their old feathers and grow new ones. The weird spikey looking feathers on their heads are new feathers, called pin feathers. Sometimes their behavior changes too, they get less talkative and sometimes more aggressive, if they're female.
Marit, thank you for the information on how to spot a healthy bird. This is of paramount importance to me after just losing my pet budgie "Birdie", and very recently having a pet store budgie die just hours after bringing him home.
I am checking certain pet stores daily now and keeping tabs on their budgies; the way they look and their behavior.
Two days ago my local pet store received ten to twelve new budgies, all very young. They were all just sitting around pretty much motionless and many of them sleeping. They must have just gotten to their new destination and were trying to adjust.
I noticed one "puffed out" bird sitting on a perch with his stomach very low. While I was pointing him out to the staff, the person noticed another budgie that had a large "bubble" coming out of his left nostril. He kept trying to shake it off, and even after it popped he kept flicking his head.
Any idea what this may have been and also any comments on the "puffy" bird? For the most part all of the birds looked okay with no overt signs of mites and their beaks and ceres looked good with no cloudy eyes.
I was looking to this store to get my next bird(s) from.
My female bird's cere is light brown with 2 very dark maroon blotches (brown with a hint of reddishness). Is this normal?
I'm worried about the health of my 3 remaining budgies, as one just passed away this morning. They remaining 3 seem to be acting normally, but I haven't a clue why the other one passed, so I'm assuming it could be contagious.
I found my budgie on the ground and couldn't get it to the vet on time. I believe it died of starvation, though I tried to feed it. Do you suggest that I medicate the other 3 with antibiotics just in case, or wait for symptoms, if there should be any?
This is GREAT!!
I am going to get a budgie for my birthday this August! This will help me a lot. I read how birds hide illness and I was worried that I might buy a sick bird! With this, though, maybe my first budgie will be healthy after all.
THANK YOU THANK YOU