My male budgie that I recently got is acting kind of weird. He lives with my female budgie.
A day after I got him, his droppings started turning a really light brown. The other budgie's poo is normal (normal according to my limited experience). I feed them seeds mixed with pellets, but they only eat the seeds. I also feed them fruits and vegetables every day, which they barely touch. They also get time out of their cage every day.
A few days ago, my male budgie started breathing heavily, and also his tail started bobbing up and down, with a range of about 1 cm (or 3/4 inch, I think). Also, he sneezes occasionally. He is still pretty active, and eats normally, but I'm wondering if he's caught a cold or something.
I do have a vet nearby, but I'm just wondering if my budgie's okay or not. Thanks!!
3/4 inch would be closer to 2 cm, so I'll hope you're more in your cm range than in your nch range. In any case, though, no, your budgie is not okay. Please take him (or better, both of them if they have been together without the new one being quarantined, which it sounds like), to your vet to have him checked out.
I think you are being wise to consider a vet trip. Tail bobbing is usually associated with respiratory distress, and is the second sign you have along with the sneezing. Do you hear any noise from your budgie's breathing ? Does the breathing seem fast or labored ? If you see sign's of breathing difficulty you can run a hot shower, get your bathroom steamy, and take the cage in. A warm mist humidifier or pan of hot water with a few drops of eucalyptus oil in it, can be tented with a sheet over cage, and be beneficial for easing the breathing. Keep your budgie warm, and I agree with Alter on taking both to the vet....keep us posted...
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Thanks for your replies. There is no sound when he breathes, but should I try the hot shower thing to be safe? Also I will try to get them to the vet ASAP! Wish me luck
Oh, and it's closer to one cm, I'm from Canada so I'm not quite familiar with the inches thing. Sorry...
When you first bring a new budgie home it is wise to quarantine it in case it is carrying any disease or medical issues.
As your budgies both have been in contact I would recommend taking them both in to the avian vet for a wellness check.
Please let us know what the vet recommends and I hope you have some good news soon for us