June 22, 2021 5 Comments
This is Kiwi, and she has something very unique and special about her. Many of my Instagram followers really enjoy point out her abnormal growth on her cere. I've had many different opinions on this, but people who aren't aware of her condition can sometimes be rude about it. I've had people who assumed she has scaly mites, which is not the case.
Hyperkeratosis is an abnormal thickening of the outer layer of the skin. Female budgies tend to be more prone to it than males. I've also noticed that budgies with recessive genes also tend to be less likely to get it. It seems like a female who has crustier ceres is more likely to get it from my research. That being said, hyperkeratosis does not affect a bird's lifespan. Kiwi will have to see a vet for the remainder of her life, but her condition does not affect her negatively. The only concern with hyperkeratosis, mainly for birds affected by the cere, is not to leave it alone for too long as there can be potential for blockage of the nares.
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