Bare vent Area

by Julea

I have four Budgies and noticed that one of them has a bare vent area. This is a male Budgie aprox..10-11 months of age. He's not over weight, eats a healthy diet of seed, pellets, veggies, couscous, soak mix..etc.. He gets fresh water and food daily. I also add a drop of Apple Cider vinegar to their water daily.

I do a vent check pretty much daily..this happened suddenly. There hasn't been any droppings stuck to the vent area, its not swollen, there aren't any lumps.

It is a mystery to me concerning what may be happening.

I hope you will be able to shed some light on this.
Thank you!

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Jul 10, 2008
Bare vent area
by: The Vet

I cannot say exactly what happened, nor give you a definitive diagnosis without seeing your bird. However, I have seen cases where vents get dirty fro whatever reason, diarrhea, maybe, and the bird will pull out the vent feathers to clean himself.

I do not know of any specific medical condition that will cause what you describe, especially since you are seeing any other symptoms. It is also possible that feathers can be rubbed out from chronic masturbation, I have seen this, too, but he is a little young to have that habit.

You should have him examined and a cloacal culture done. Bacterial infections such as pseudomonas will cause irritation and maybe he is rubbing his vent because of this. Pseudomonas infections are very common with birds that drink from dishes instead of water bottles.

If you figure it out, please let me know.

Dr B

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