brown spots

Hi, We have a new baby budgie that we've had for a week now. We've noticed that when she gets wet she gets spots on her belly that are brownish (she is bright green). They seem to go away as soon as she's dry. We thought she might have scratched herself on a small sandpaper perch we had in the cage and the spots were old blood, but as soon as we thought that we removed that perch and yet it's still occurring.??? She does not seem ill or act injured at all.
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Feb 17, 2012
Brown spots on bird
by: The Avian Vet

Sandpaper perch covers are one of the worst perches you can give your bird. Take it our immediately. You should also remove any wooden or plastic dowel perches. You need to put in a variety of different perches including natural branches, a Pedicure Perch and Rope Boings and Perches. There is an excellent DVD that gives you excellent information on how to set up a cage properly. Expert Companion Bird Care Vol. 1

The brown spots may or may not be related to the perches, however. Wet feathers can have different colors than normal and it may be irrelevant. I think this could be nutritional too. Is you bird on a seed diet? Pellets are a complete and balanced diet and should make up 60% of the budgie diet. Switching Budgies To Pellets article

I recommend that you have your bird examined by an avian veterinarian. Side notes, if you are using a mite protector, please remove this dangerous product. If you are using grit, stop, your bird does not need it. If you are using corn cob, stop, it causes disease in people and birds. If you have a cage that is smaller than 18 x 18, then you need a larger cage.

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Switching Birds To Pellets article

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