All the members have provided excellent viewpoints and suggestions. What's the development of your bird? Is your bird's poop exhibiting a bad odor? Is he lethargic and feeling itchy? I guess he may have giardia/trichomoniasis which can greatly affect your bird if not treated in time. It can happen due to contaminated water and the treatment is by ronidazole, metronidazole or flagyl. This is my assumption...of course the vet will be able to rectify the problem accurately by conducting different tests.
Good luck for your bird and keep us posted.
Thanks for the advice. We took him to the vet today. She didn't seem to think it was a blockage so it probably wasn't the grit. I still removed the grit pot just in case.
She said that since he was actually pooing, there wasn't any sort of blockage. She seems to think that it is a crop infection. Speaking of which, it was only the other day that I started a new box of seed.
She gave him two injections (he thanked her by giving her a few nasty pecks) and said that he should be better within 5 days. If not, then he may have to be put to sleep.
Well I always think that if they have the energy to give a few good bites then it's a good sign. Do you add apple cider vinegar to his water? I put 1/2 tsp per 2 cups. You may want to try it as it will help with his whole digestive tract.
He sure is a beauty Mike, I am sending lots of positive energy your way and his!
Just a few hours after taking him to the vet and I've already seen quite a big improvement.
He's been dipping in his seed pot every five minutes and doesn't seem to be bringing it back up. He is still quite fluffed, but doesn't look as scruffy, and after little naps he starts preening his feathers.
You may all think this is cute but since his friend (or possibly brother) passed away in 2010, he has become good friends with my old fox puppet. The puppet is something of a family treasure and was my favourite toy when I was little. But the bird is really fond of him. When we let him out, he sits on the puppet's head and chats to it.
The past few days he hasn't been interested but when I held the puppet up to his cage a minute ago he hopped to the closest perch and sat as close to the puppet as possible.
Thank you all for your wonderful support.
Here's a picture I took a few years ago of him, his white feathered friend and Foxy the puppet
I am glad he is showing improvement, was it an avian vet you went to? I have not heard of putting a budgie to sleep because he has a crop infection that is why I ask. He seems to be happy and not in a distressed state.
Get some probiotics sprinkle these over his seed, change water every day if it is hot change more often, offer him fresh greens to nibble, Ask the vet what sort of crop infection it was, does he need any follow up treatment or antibiotics? The apple cider vinegar is great for crop problems but it has to have Mother in it.
Generally with a crop infection the medication will clear it up without too much trouble. Using the Apple Cider Vinegar is a very good thing to do as it works as a natural probiotic.
Click on this link for more information: https://talkbudgies.com/holistic-natu...r-vinegar.html
I give my birds ACV and use 1/2 tsp for approx 10 oz of water.
I fully expect that your little one will be MUCH improved within just a few days. If not, please have a long in-depth discussion with the vet and/or get a second opinion with regard to alternatives to euthanasia. Did she run both fecal and blood tests? If not, that would be the next step IF he hasn't improved within the 5 day time frame.
Sending lots of love, healing energy, positive thoughts and prayers for a full and speedy recovery!!
A solo budgie can get a bacterial infection (resulting in a crop infection) from bacteria that is normally in their environment but doesn't usually hurt them.
This can occur if the bird is under stress, has a weakened immune system, or the crop is irritated.
Generally, with a crop infection the infected tissue becomes inflamed, causes pain and produces mucus.
The budgie may vomit trying to get rid of the mucus in the crop and/or make frequent motions with the head that looks like they are "gagging" or "adjusting the crop" repeatedly.
Thank you so much Deb, I'm going to save this post so I can come back to it again!!!
Mike, this should have been in my first post on this thread. I wanted you to know that I'm really sorry that your little buddy has gotten a crop infection. I truly hope that he makes a full recovery and lives a very long, happy, and full life with you!!!
Thank you for my wonderful signature Deb!!!
RIP Pepper, Peatri, Holly, Mini, and Quarty