My budgie hasn't been right since Saturday. On Friday, he was flying about like normal and had normal poo. Since Saturday he has been very quiet and fluffed.
I noticed last night that he has a bit of diarrhea. It made a noise when he went which is unusual. The poo itself is a sort of dark green mixed with white. He is drinking fine and (as far as I can tell) is eating okay too. But he has been spending the last couple of days staring out of the window and going to sleep. The feathers on his head seem quite waxy too.
We have made no changes to his diet, only using some different grit which he never seems to touch anyway.
He is in a smoke free and pet free (apart from him) home and lives with no other budgies.
Also talk to your vet about the grit. It is my understanding that parrots do not need and should not be given grit. I am not saying that it is related but since you will be there…
Also, make sure he is staying hydrated until you get to the vet. I use coconut water with my family, recommend it to my clients and all my pets (dogs & birds). I also use pumpkin with my dogs (also know it works with cats) for both diarrhea and constipation. You may want to ask your vet if it works for birds.
He might not be eating and drinking enough, which can cause dark green tones in the droppings. Your avian vet will be able to tell you.
Until you can get him to the vet, put a heating pad on half of his cage so that he can access the heat if he needs it, soak some millet in Pedialyte or probiotics to try to get him to eat some more, keep him warm and hydrated.
I would ask your vet to do an x-ray to see if the grit is blocking his intestine. Parakeets don't need grit and they don't digest it, and it can possibly cause an obstruction if they eat a lot of it and don't pass it. If he had a partial block, ask your vet about administering watered down fiber solution to help pass some of it (my vet and I did this with Sammy when he had some heavy metal shavings in his intestine from playing with his "parakeet-safe" toy bells).
He's still not right. I haven't been able to take him to see a vet (parents won't let me take him). I will get on their case about it though and hopefully persuade them to take him in the morning.
His diarrhea seems to come on randomly. Sometimes his poo is normal but other times it seems wetter.
He has been cleaning himself more and the waxiness on his head has gone. He still spends most of his time asleep or dozing.
I noticed today that he was actually regurgitating his food shortly after eating. I'm not sure if this happens everytime he eats or whether it was just a one off but I would presume it has something to do with it.
Also, the other week my family and I had some sort of bug that gave us diarrhea (no vomiting though). Could my budgie have caught it off us?
I'm not going to let this slide, though. My parents WILL take him to the vets if it's the last thing I do.
Give him millet spray soaked in sugar-free electrolyte or, if you don't have that, you can use Pedialyte.
The electrolytes will help him keep up his strength.
Be sure he's staying warm enough and doesn't get chilled by any drafts.
Budgie should not be given "grit". Make sure he has a cuttlebone and mineral block. https://talkbudgies.com/diet-nutritio...ur-budgie.html
Although there are some respiratory illnesses that can jump from bird to human to bird there are (thankfully) no gastrointestinal illnesses that can spread to birds through humans I believe.
In the meantime have you tried some apple cider vinegar in the water that can help settle a upset tummy a little.
An argument for your parents to take you and your friend to the vet might be that they are reinforcing irresponsible actions by not allowing you to do the responsible thing regardless of personal cost. Such reinforcements could have negative repercussions for them if they expect you to care for them in their old age. Just a thought.
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This has become an ASAP emergency visit to the Vet. Above guidance Is excellent. The vomiting makes this a more life threatening situation. If you do not get the bird to the vet in time, not only is it suffering but you cant blame the vet if it is too late and it dies, as this problem has been known for quite a while. I hope your parents take better care of you.
If you do not have a savings for vet bills start one and also start a first aid kit
for budgie. start with vet contact info and add an electrolyte and probiotic to the kit ASAP Also Apple cyder vinegar usually Braggs with mother usually at health food store. Continue as above and get the bird to the vet, hold any grit and give mineral blocks or powder clay containing minerals sprinkled on soft food or in a separate cup. Our birds love manu roses, brown iodine salt wheels and cuttlebone. You may wish to microwave cuttlebone for a few seconds to eliminate any microorganisms still left from the live cuttlefish . Some antibiotic require you to stop calcium/mineral supplement during treatment. Best wishes for your budgies recovery and feel free to share the comments here on your TB post. Jo Ann