It's been ages since I checked in. Ok general, my little girl Jakob is doing very well, but I could use a bit of reassurance or advice.
Jakob is moulting, which is nothing unusual. Right now is the bad phase - so many little down it looks like it's snowing.
When I got home after work I let her out as usual. She didn't quite seem her normal calm but playful self. It seems as if some feathers maybe irritate her? She was trying to get to them and almost stumbled many many times. When it didn't work she'd chew the little down on her chest. I tried many times to distract her. Gave her millet also as a distraction. She ate a bit of that but no real dinner. She'd calm when I stroke her chest. She seemed to get so distracted with her feathers that she was about to lose balance. Eventually I asked her if maybe it was better to say goodnight, and she flew to her cage then. I covered the cage and turned some lights on like I normally do when I'm still in the living room and she's in bed. She's been on her swing since. She's calm at times and then start rocking again but defo not falling down. It's been like this for about an hour. I'll turn the lights off in half an hour and leave her alone.
I've never seen her like this. She seems so frustrated. I don't think she's sick, but if she's like this when I get home from work tomorrow, I'll see if the vet can see her Saturday morning.
Just wish I could help her so she wouldn't feel upset.
If anyone has seen anything like this before, please let me know if you were able to do anything to make your budgie more at ease.
Last edited by deriksen; 01-11-2018 at 04:41 PM.
I'm sorry to hear little Jakob is so miserable with her molt.
Have you offered her a shallow dish of water to bathe in?
You could also try misting her very lightly misted with room temperature water.
Aim the bottle up into the air and let the water mist settle down over Jakob gently.
You should be able to easily tell if she likes it or doesn't want any part of it.
You might also try hanging wet romaine lettuce or kale leaves in the cage or place them in a shallow dish in or on the cage to see if Jakob wants to rub herself against them.
Thanks for your reply. Thankfully I think the situation is resolved now. Jakob settled last night and I went to work this morning. I let her out when I got home. She wouldn't fly so I carried her to her play area. She was still struggling with balance, but I could see the feather I suspected was causing the issue was still hanging out.
She'd pretty much not eaten all day so I placed her right beside her millet and she started to eat and eat and eat. She eventually wanted to move to a different branch and looked at it many times before she jumped.
She started preening again, and the minute the feather fell out she chirped. I picked her up and she flew back. We tried a few times and she's fine flying again.
She flew to her cage early and went up on her swing. She not asleep but completely calm now. It's early still but I've covered her cage as I think she's tired after this ordeal ?
All seems good again. Jakob went to bed early last night again, but she was full of energy when she woke up this morning, and she's eaten well. She has no trouble flying now, and whilst she's still mounting, it's just the normal stuff now.