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Old 10-23-2016, 04:39 AM
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So this is my first time on this site and so I don't know if I'm on the right page to post about this but I REALLY need some HELP!!

So my budgie (yellow) called Maple he always standing in one spot doing nothing with his feather fluffed up, he rarely moves (expect for when he going to eat or drink) and he doesn't interact with the other budgie I bought and he never talks anymore (expect for when the other budgies get close to him he gives off a nasty chirps to them) and the last time I heard him chirp was 3 months ago. I gave him some deworming drops in his water bowl. I'm just really worried about his health if anybody know anything PLEASE tell me!

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Welcome to the forums!

If you don't mind, I will start by asking a few questions:

For how long has your budgie been feeling under the weather and is he currently moulting?
Is your budgie ingesting less food?
Was there a change in the poop (in terms of consistency/colour)?
Did you notice this change after you got the new budgie?
Did you quarantine the new budgie?

Unfortunately we can't exactly tell what is wrong with your budgie and given the fact Maple is showing signs of being ill (reduced activity/singing, fluffed up and sleepy most of the time), it would be wise to have him seen by an avian specialist for a proper examination, diagnosis and treatment plan.

I hope Maple will feel better soon, good luck.
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Old 10-23-2016, 08:12 AM
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It sounds as though your best course of action is to get your budgie in to be examined by an Avian Vet right away.

Avian Vets have special training to determine the cause of symptoms resulting from illness or trauma. This is important as "regular" vets will often overlook symptoms that are quickly obvious to an Avian Vet.
When you rely on anyone who has not had training in Avian diagnosis and care, you may be delaying effective treatment. This can prolong suffering that may be avoidable.
The bird will often require a more intense, prolonged treatment with a poorer chance of full recovery than it would have if you seek prompt professional diagnosis and treatment at the first sign of illness.

I'm wishing all the best for your little fellow and will be looking forward to your update after his Avian Vet appointment.

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Hello, I agree your budgie needs to be checked thoroughly by an Avian vet that is the only way you will know for sure what could be wrong.
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Hi there and to the forums!

I agree with all the advice given above--it's important to rule out any medical causes before considering emotional reasons for the behaviour. Getting Maple checked out at an Avian vet is the best way to ensure his physical condition is healthy

As we are not avian vets, there is no way we can properly diagnose your little one--even avian vets cannot do this effectively on-line.

Meanwhile, be sure to read through all the links provided above to ensure you're up to date on the forums and the very best of budgie practices! If you have any questions after reading through everything, please don't hesitate to ask as we'd love to help

Hope to see you around the forums, and be sure to keep us posted on how Maple is doing!

Best wishes!
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Thank you everyone for your wonderful feedback, but I'm am really sorry for what I'm about to say and I don't blame you guys if you end up hating me afterwards but please keep in mind that this is also very hard on me too.

I been to way too many vets and they are just too costly for me, the price is around $30 to up $200 and afterwards they would give me some drugs for around $50. Let me say this again, I am really sorry guys for being pathetic, that I can't even afford to take my poor parakeet to the vet.

Maple haven't gotten better so far he can't even go on his perch, I put him in a different cage because my other parakeet is giving him a hard time and I don't want them to catch what maple has. This is a really depressing time for me and I'm hoping for the slightest of chance that maple will pull through.
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Welcome to the forums!

If you don't mind, I will start by asking a few questions:

For how long has your budgie been feeling under the weather and is he currently moulting?
Is your budgie ingesting less food?
Was there a change in the poop (in terms of consistency/colour)?
Did you notice this change after you got the new budgie?
Did you quarantine the new budgie?

Unfortunately we can't exactly tell what is wrong with your budgie and given the fact Maple is showing signs of being ill (reduced activity/singing, fluffed up and sleepy most of the time), it would be wise to have him seen by an avian specialist for a proper examination, diagnosis and treatment plan.

I hope Maple will feel better soon, good luck.
I forgot to say that his friend died a couple of weeks ago, that probably the reason, though they weren't very attached.

1. Around 1 or 2 months and no
2. Maple was always eating lots of food, though today I haven't seen him eat anything
3. I'm not sure, I'm not really good at knowing what's the difference and colour
4. No he's just normal expect for when they comes near him he gives off an unpleasant quite noise.
5. And I'm confused on this last question.
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Separating Maple into a cage of his own at this point in time is definitely for the best.

If he recently lost his mate, he is currently mourning and needs lots of extra care and attention.
You should spend as much time with him as possible.

Give him Guardian Angel or Pedialyte to help balance the electrolytes in his body. Hopefully it will also stimulate him to eat more.

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-budg...te-recipe.html

If you bought another bird and put it directly into the cage with Maple then that, on top of losing his mate added to his stress level. When a budgie is stressed, its body can not fight off illness as well as when it is healthy.

Quarantine means housing your new bird in a different cage in a different room as far away as possible from the room where your current bird(s) are housed for a period of 30-45 days.
Budgies mask symptoms when they are ill. Symptoms may not show up for over two weeks.
Often you will not even realize your bird is not well. Many budgie illnesses are airborne which is why you need to quarantine your new bird in a completely different room.

It is also a good idea to always take a new budgie in to see an Avian Vet for a "well-birdie" check-up. This allows you to develop a good relationship with the vet and the vet can establish a baseline for your bird in case of any future illnesses or injuries.

Part of being a responsible pet owner is ensuring your pets get the medical care they need when necessary.
If a person is unable to provide that, then it is often best to rehome the animals to a person who can and will adequately care for them.


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It's truly unfortunate that Maple hasn't been feeling well for the past month or two...

It's not realistic to think a given pet will never need to go to a vet and for this any pet owner must be fully prepared.
The fact that after your budgie passed away you have decided to get another budgie was also not a good idea as that can also take a toll on your expenses, not just for food, but also for any potential vet bills which will be doubled with two budgies.

If your previous budgie passed away from an undetected illness, then chances are high whatever ailment the budgie had was passed onto Maple and now your new budgie may also be at risk since you did not follow nor are familiar with the concept of quarantine: https://talkbudgies.com/new-budgie-ar...necessary.html

When a person is unable to provide adequate care on an ongoing basis (this includes vet expenses) to a given pet, then one should seriously consider the long-term welfare of the pet not just in terms of their overall health, but also their happiness when thinking of the quality of life.
Rehoming the budgies to someone experienced who will be able to fully cater to all of their needs would be a very good option.

I'm wishing your budgies all the best and I truly hope Maple will get the medical assistance needed in order to have the best chance for survival.
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I'm sorry your budgie has been poorly and I can't offer you any better advice than you have already been given.

If we could, we would love to be able to cure any and all birds and have easy fix answers.
We don't have them.
We share what we can.
It is your job, as pet owner to be able to provide care for your birds.
We will always give you the best advice possible in *anything* you can do for the bird yourself, but when a member says 'Your budgie NEEDS to go to the vets', that's because that's what your budgie needs.

As for vet costs- yes they are expensive and that is why it is your job to be able to provide it. If you get a pet you have to be able to go the extra mile and pay the vet bills when they are in need of vet care.

I hope Maple is able to get the help needed and you consider if you are really able to provide what is needed at this time.
Please consider owning a pet as a serious responsibility.
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