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    Feather loss around the beak and cere but no other symptoms?

    My budgies have both started losing feathers in a bald patch a beside the beak. I cannot see anything else, no plucking, crusts, sores, or excessive itching to be seen. Just a tiny bald patch which is slowly spreading. They do spend a lot of time preening each-other in that area, could it be over preening? They are eating 1 Tbsp Harrison's pellets, 1 tsp mixed seeds and some veggies every day. I also added a vitamin supplement for 1 week after I first got them so could it be too much nutrition? Moulting perhaps? I was thinking about taking them to the vet to get some advice but am reluctant because I am not comfortable catching them yet. If this problem persists then I will definitely do that but in the meantime I just wondered if anyone had any ideas?

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    Re: Feather loss around the beak and cere but no other symptoms?

    EDIT: My Mum just observed Miep pulling out one of Poe's feathers in that exact spot while she was preening him so I think we've hit upon the cause. I don't think it's intentional so we'll just keep an eye on them for now.

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    Re: Feather loss around the beak and cere but no other symptoms?

    Talking to myself lol

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    Re: Feather loss around the beak and cere but no other symptoms?

    Quote Originally Posted by theanimalperson View Post
    Talking to myself lol
    LOL... it sure looks that way

    As you can see our forum is rather slow these days so sorry no one answered your post. I am happy you did figure out that it was little Miep causing the feather loss. That is much better then something going wrong with your little Miep
    Fly Free Boomer, we will forever love you.

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