Black tipped white stems growing out of my budgie

by Lindsay
(Vancouver)

I have a 2 year old male budgie. He has white stems with black tips growing out of his head and neck, some grow shorter above his cere. These stems are not very long, the black tips show just above his feathers on his head. What are these stems? What should I do?

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Oct 03, 2009
Budgie molting
by: Tracie

Your budgie is molting and these are the new feathers coming in. If your bird is hand tame, it may or may not like you to touch him at this time.

Some birds enjoy their people to gently pinch the softer new feather shafts to release the new feathers and some just want to be left alone and are grumpy.

No matter what, encouraging your bird to bathe will help to soften the sheaths and your bird will be more comfortable.

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