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Hi I have two parakeets. One is not friendly so I rarely get a hold of him but today while I was feeding them I noticed he has a place on his beak that is rough dark and flakey? Is it a dietary issue? They get a commercial parakeet feed but I have offered greens and fruit but they have never eaten any of it. The get a mineral supplement in their water as well.
I attached a photo of his beak.
Any ideas?

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Hey Emily, thanks for the question.
Keep an eye out for mites, they are usually the culprit for beak infections. However, birds beaks are a lot like human finger nails, the grow and slough off over time. Watch for ruffled feather for extended periods of time, refusal to eat, and over-all energy. If he shows any signs of sickness you can take him to the vet and they will prescribe meds to get rid of the mites. Keep up with the vitamins in the water, and continue offering fruits and veggies. They may not take to them right away but if you give them the opportunity more than once, they are likely to catch on.

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I can answer questions on breeding, illness, housing, diet, color mutations, genetics, and many others. I find budgies to be one of the most wonderful bird species to own as a pet. If I do not know the answer to you question, which is indeed a rare event, I will do my best to research and find the best answer to your question. I have dedicated my life to budgies and now I'm prepared to give back and help the community with their budgies as well. These birds are so wonderful there is an endless amount of information to know about them. I learn new things from budgies every day that I spend with them. If you have a question, please do not hesitate to ask. You will not be disappointed with the feedback.

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I have owned and bred budgies for over 10 years. I know just about everything there is to know about these beautiful birds.

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I am currently attending Fort Collins Veterinary School in Colorado and plan on becoming an Avian Veterinarian.

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