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    Need some advice re my budgies beak / cere

    Hi there

    I have been reading these forums for quite a while but I haven't posted before now.

    I have two budgies, one I got about a month ago and I have noticed some changes in his beak and cere I am a bit concerned about.

    He is going through a molt at the moment so I just put the bit at the top of his cere down to that...

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    But now I have noticed his beak seems to be flaking a little bit:

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    Any ideas on what could be causing this?

    Thanks everyone!

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    Re: Need some advice re my budgies beak / cere

    From what I can see in the photo, it looks like your budgie may have a sinus infection causing the discoloration around his nostril and in the feathers directly above his cere. The discoloration is likely from a mucous discharge from the nostril that is collecting around his nostril and also on the feathers above his cere. His left eye also looks somewhat swollen and his eyelid and the area around his eye looks reddened. Swollen, reddened eyes are also a symptom of a sinus infection because the sinuses are directly behind the eyes. When the sinuses swell from infection, pressure is put on the eye, causing the eye to swell and redden.

    Your budgie needs to get to an avian vet as soon as possible so he can be diagnosed and treated. If he does have an infection, the sooner the infection is treated, the better because infections can suddenly progress in birds to become life-threatening. If your budgie does have a sinus infection, the infection could spread to his lungs and air sacs without treatment.

    This is what is involved in treating a sinus infection or at least it wasfor my male budgie Sweetie. I took him to the avian vet because his nostrils had become almost blocked, but he did not have a sinus discharge collecting on his cere or feathers above his cere or the swollen eyes. Sweetie needed to have his nostrils and sinuses flushed to clean them out and I was given Baytril to give to him for 2 weeks. To be sure that Sweetie's sinus infection had not progressed to his lungs and air sacs, Sweetie was anesthetized and X-rayed. Fortunately, his lungs and air sacs were healthy.

    Hope this helps

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    Re: Need some advice re my budgies beak / cere

    Thanks for the help I will take him to an avian vet asap

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    Re: Need some advice re my budgies beak / cere

    Hi!! How is your budgie doing?

    I hope he did not need to have his sinuses flushed and only needed antibiotics and your care. I forgot to mention that if my own sinuses were clogged up and needed flushing, I would be a little freaked out. Fortunately, my sinuses have never gotten that bad.

    Please keep up posted about your little budgie. Hope he is doing better.

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