Why Does My Budgie Look Wet?

Suddenly, you found your budgie looking wet even if there’s no sign of taking a bath or mist.

Sometimes your budgie may appear greasy as well with ruffled feathers.

This is a sign that your parakeet has been vomiting and requires immediate attention by a veterinarian.

Vomiting can be a symptom of any of the serious bird diseases that could put your pet’s life in danger.

Your budgie can also appear wet because of a discharge from its eyes or nose.

It can also be a sign of an infection, so professional medication might be needed.

Why Is My Budgie’s Head Wet? 

In case you have a bowl of water placed inside your budgie’s cage, there’s a chance that your parakeet dunked its head or face in the water.

However, it could also be a sign that your bird is sick and needs a treatment. 

Your budgie’s head might be wet because of vomiting.

Oftentimes, it is a sign of a serious case and might be an indication that your parakeet is not feeling well.

Remember that vomiting is different from regurgitation as the former shows signs of distress, while the latter is a normal behavior. 

Aside from vomiting, your parakeet might also have a discharge from its nose or eyes leading to a more wet or greasy-look of its face.

It is also a sign of illness and try to watch out for more symptoms such as lethargy, appetite loss, and fluffed up feathers.

In case your budgie shows signs of sickness, consult a veterinarian.

What Do I Do If My Budgie Gets Wet? 

If your budgie gets wet, make sure to dry him gently with a warm towel.

Keep your budgie warm, especially when your parakeet is really sick.

You can also try to wash him gently with clean plain water around the wet or soiled area from vomit to clean him.

If you see that there is a discharge from your budgie’s eyes and nose and that made him appear wet, make sure that you provide him with water and food.

Place the bowl within your budgie’s reach, so it will be easier for them to drink and eat.

Don’t let your budgie be dehydrated and keep providing him nutritious meals that can help him with recovery.

However, you need to let your budgie be evaluated by a veterinarian when your budgie vomits twice.

It can only mean that your parakeet really has a serious problem, and treatment is necessarily urgent. 

Why Is My Bird’s Face Wet? 

Your budgie’s face might be wet because of vomiting.

It is possible that your parakeet’s  feathers are soiled from the vomit.

In this case, clean him up with clean water and see if it will happen again for the second time. 

You should also try to inspect if your bird’s releasing a nasal discharge and has been sneezing.

Usual nasal discharge can be thin and clear, but can also appear thicker and with color.

Your birds might be suffering from a respiratory disease that can be a viral, bacterial, fungal, or parasitic infection. 

You should also check out some other symptoms that your budgie may display.

Some common symptoms of a sick parakeet are weakness, abnormal droppings, head twisting, difficulty in breathing, and wheezing. 

Wrapping Up

A wet head or face of a budgie might be an indication that your pet is vomiting.

It is different from regurgitation as vomiting is a serious case and symptom of an avian disease.

It is also possible that your budgie’s face is wet because of discharge from its nose and eyes.

Both reasons are signs that your budgie is suffering from an illness and needs a veterinarian’s attention.

Try to clean your budgie with plain water and make sure to keep him warm at all times. P

lace their water and food bowl within their reach to encourage drinking and eating.

Feeding your budgie with a healthy and nutritious meal and keeping them hydrated would help with their recovery in case it’s sick.


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