Budgie (Parakeet) with dirty vent area

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Lorraine Campbell:
My parents have bought two budgies (Romeo & Juliet), and I met the two birds for the first time today.
I noticed that Juliet has a dirty vent..I'm just wondering what this could be a symptom of , and the remedy. Other than the dirty vent, she is acting fine, is eating heartily and is happily chirping and jumping around the cage. Romeo's vent area is as clean as a whistle.

Their diet consists of fruits and vegetables and seeds and plenty of fresh water.
My parents were unaware that birds needed to be wormed..could this be part of the problem?
Their cage is kept imacculately clean..so I can't imagine it being a hygene problem.
Any suggestions or advice would be much appreciated.
Lorraine
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Badass:
What age are the birds?
Reason I ask, Mario my African Grey developed a dirty vent a few days after I purchased him. Seems he was not used to the fruit and veg and it was giving the poor wee thing the runs. I cut out 90% of fruit and veg until it stopped, and I am slowly allowing him more each day. He loves banana!!!

If your birds are young, maybe the fruit and veg is just going right through them until they get used to it?
Sorry, this may be way off...
Gary.
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Lorraine Campbell:
Gary, I'm not sure of the exact age of these birds, but my parents bought them from a pet shop about a month ago..I'm thinking that they were quite young when bought.
You may be right about the fruit..they apparently had a pure seed diet in the pet shop and now get a plethora of fresh fruits and veg.

I would be interested in what others think about this possibility.

I am hoping that it is something simple like that which doesn't require medical intervention for little Juliet since I now have my parents worried sick once I mentioned the vent (I should have kept my mouth shut and just researched it myself). They are so attached to these little birds.

Lorraine
PS I love watching Harry!! And I just now saw Mario for the first time...what a sweetie. I must admit that I saw you at the cage door a couple of days ago and clicked the page off..I felt like a total voyeur or something..and then had a laugh at myself for being so silly...it's not like you were in your underwear or anything !! Emotion: smile
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Anonymous:
It might be because of the food. If there is a change in diet that can cause it. Also, the change of the place, new enviroment. You said bird is quite normal, and if it sleeps with one leg up she should be ok. You can tell your parents to make her very mild Camomile tea and give instead of water. It has to be really mild, like one tea bag on litre of water and water should be the still water your parents would drink pure as well.

This might stop it, so no vet intervention could be necessary. But if the bird sleap with both legs down, then take her to the vet. They are hiding the illness symptoms and it's hard to see them especialy when the bird is new to you. Also any change in behaviour indicate illness.
Good luck.Young budgies have those dark waves all the way to the beak over the head, and very big dark eyes. Also the bird which is just left the nest tend to sleep on its tummy, not on the perch and very very close to the other bird, touching in fact. This sleeping behaviour stops after few weeks, and feather pattern start to retreat after first change of the feathers, when they are around 2 months old. Young bird has fresher looking skin on its legs, also the beak can be dark with the very young birds.

That's because feeding from their parents, looks like there are small hematomas inside it. This darknes of the beak also disapear in the first month after leaving the nest. With the 6 months they reach sexual maturity, but it is not recomendable to allow the female to leg the eggs until she is at least 8 months old. They will grow a bit during the first year, becoming larger and more robust, more muscular (if you allow them to fly around). The fully grown up bird has pattern which starts on the back of its head, the top of the head is in one color usualy, and eyes develop silverish irises, wich are visible when bird is playing, for example.
Very old bird tend to get really fat, no muscles any more, pure fat, more quiet and less curious.
I hope how you will be able to gess how old are the birds.
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Anonymous:
[nq:1]My parents have bought two budgies (Romeo & Juliet), and I met the two birds for the first time today. ... kept imacculately clean..so I can't imagine it being a hygene problem. Any suggestions or advice would be much appreciated. Lorraine[/nq]
I would not worm a bird indiscriminately. If the bird does not have diarrhea, and is not losing weight, then it might be a hygiene problem. Even though the cage is kept clean, are the perches free of droppings? Do the birds have ample room? Are the perches placed appropriately, so that the droppings do not fall on them?
Just some thoughts.
Regards
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Chet Swanson:
Too much veggies, etc., will cause a budgie to has some "diarrhea" problems which is probably where the dirty vent is coming from. Nothing wrong with veggies and fruit, but your parents may want to cut back just a bit.
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Mel:
[nq:1]My parents have bought two budgies (Romeo & Juliet), and I met the two birds for the first time today. ... eating heartily and is happily chirping and jumping around the cage. Romeo's vent area is as clean as a whistle.[/nq]
If by a "dirty vent" you mean that the nose part turned a crusty brownish orange color, all females go through that when they're "mature", my budgie Misty's turned color after we had her for about 3 or 4 months
go here for an example
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Anonymous:
[nq:1]If by a "dirty vent" you mean that the nose part turned a crusty brownish orange color, all females go through that when they're "mature", my budgie Misty's turned color after we had her for about 3 or 4 months[/nq]
Mel, wrong end.
Regards
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Badass:
[nq:1]Mel, wrong end. Regards[/nq]
Lol..
Gary.
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