Posted 11 March 2012 - 01:03 AM
I'm certain I've never seen him like this before, but again, I've been mostly away from home. I'm also fairly certain he's a boy, since his cere was as blue as the other one...I don't know, I'm at a loss.
Posted 11 March 2012 - 03:16 AM
Unfortunately, with mass "production" of budgerigars, especially those fed poor diets, many don't tend to live very long. Many get sick, die from malnutrition, lipomas (fatty tumors), cancer or other health problems. The typical lifespan of a budgie is usually 6 years, give or take, even though they have a potential of 12-20 years.
I don't know for sure if your gorgeous guy has cancer or a tumor or something else entirely, but here's information regarding avian cancer.
Posted 11 March 2012 - 05:58 PM
until then, I guess I can only wait and see.
Posted 11 March 2012 - 07:11 PM
You can't tell whether or not he has tumors if they are internal, which would require a vet check and a thorough exam to include an x-ray (not terribly expensive) and depending on the size, it may or may not show up.
I suspect cancer and/or a tumor over mites because I've never seen mites change a males cere like your guy's cere has changed... and this is the closest image of mites that I could find that appeared similar.
And the following website shows males with similar colored ceres that have a hormone imbalance.
Wish you could take him to an a-vet to find out for sure if it is cancer, tumor or otherwise (maybe its something treatable?).
Posted 22 March 2012 - 05:56 AM
as for your parents, i have no words other than that it is a tragedy that many feel that the price of something determines it's value, especially when it comes to living beings that feel and think and love much like we do.
i hope to hear an update. he will be in my thoughts and prayers for the best. good luck.
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Posted 27 March 2012 - 11:59 PM
On the other side, I've also had a parakeet with scaly face mites (my 10 year old brother's bird)... her beak started to look crusty and deformed and I took her to the vet... a nice injection of ivermectin, and the crusty residue was gone in a matter of a couple days. I think face mites are VERY distinct, though.
As for not wanting to spend money on vet care for a bird that was "cheap"... I feel your pain on that one. My Mother was the same way with my first budgie. I'm not sure if you have a veterinary college in your area (I have one about an hour from me) you can often get excellent care for a reduced cost, as the care is administered by veterinary students. It's an excellent learning experience for them, and a cheaper cost for your bird to get all checked out.
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