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the openings of my female budgie's cere look like they are filled with dust, when she breathes you can see some of it flapping in and out .... anyone know what this could be from? the male in the cage with here isn't like that, I keep them and their cage clean... what can I do about this, if anything, without a vet? thanks <><
 

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She could have just gotten some dander stuck in her nose. Best thing to clear it, without going to the vet, is to give her a good mist bath and she should be able to work it out herself :thumbsup: Otherwise, a vet would have to go in and clear out her nostril. We used to do that on occasion at the bird shop, but you really have to be careful because they have very delicate structures inside their nares you don't want to damage.
 

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Oh, no, Jenny,
A week ago Daisy had something flappig out of her nostirl like that, and I just wiped it off. I didn't go inside her nostril, just wiped from the outside. Should I call my vet to make sure I didn't hurt her? I didn't moisten it or anything first. :eek:
 

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Oh, no, Jenny,
A week ago Daisy had something flappig out of her nostirl like that, and I just wiped it off. I didn't go inside her nostril, just wiped from the outside. Should I call my vet to make sure I didn't hurt her? I didn't moisten it or anything first. :eek:
No no, Nanay, you're fine!! I meant before going IN the nostril and scraping around. If it's stuck in their nares, sometimes you have to go in and either flush it out or with a special tool and scrape the gunk out. I had to do that with Moose when I first brought him home - he hadn't had a bath in 5 years and his cage hadn't been cleaned in months, poor baby couldn't breathe thru his nose, always panted with his mouth open :mad:

If it's something you can gently wipe off from the exterior of the nares or can grab, say with tweezers or your fingernails, and dislodge by gently pulling it then it's not a problem. You just shouldn't go inside the nare to remove it without knowing what you're doing :thumbsup:
 

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Jenny - Moose hadn't had a bath in FIVE years and his cage wasn't cleaned in months? Good grief! That poor bird! Some people just shouldn't be allowed to have birds or pets of any kind!! So glad you saved him!
 

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Jenny - Moose hadn't had a bath in FIVE years and his cage wasn't cleaned in months? Good grief! That poor bird! Some people just shouldn't be allowed to have birds or pets of any kind!! So glad you saved him!
The shame is he was one of my babies... we had a pair of tiels we let have a few clutches before we gave them to a breeder because they kept wanting to breed and we weren't able to care for babies. Moose was the biggest of his clutch, hence the name :giggle: We gave him to a good friend of my sisters and they loved him, but her parents separated and Moose just got thrown on the back patio and ignored. In a way, I don't blame them because they had a lot of personal issues to deal with, but I wish they had called me sooner to give him a better home. All he was eating was millet-based budgie food from walmart, grit, and a cuttle bone :shrug: Either way, he's been with me for 2 years now and is quite the happy camper now :thumbsup:
 

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Jenny - Thank goodness for you! He was saved from a sad life for sure!
 

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My Black cap conure has a plugged nare in one side. We keep taking him to the shop and they pick it clean and wash him up. I finally figured it out. He is a newspaper chewer. I had to get him a cage with the grate 4 inches above the tray so he cannot reach the paper. His nare is looking less clogged this week.
He doesn't have a cold and is not ill. That paper really gets him going. So now with his new playtop cage I can give him a sheet of paper and he has a fun tole time hiding under it and chewing edges for a bit.
I hope this helps someone out there with a bird that has a paper chewing habit!
 

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Awh, poor Moose! By the way, I love that name. It's adorable!!

I've seen that in my budgies' nostrils before, it usually clears out with a bath or with misting. I had wondered about it at the time, too.
 
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