My 2-year-old budgie sandy suddenly got blind.
She was ok a few days ago. Then she became sluggish and slow, sitting in one spot and head tucked under her feathers. She was always the boss but then i noticed she was getting picked up by youngsters. I thought she is ill so i moved her in a separate cage and took her out for sunbathing for an hour. Sun was bright that day. While handling her during all this i noticed she didn't reacted the same way while approached, i suspected something might be wrong with her eyes. I checked her thoroughly and came to know she cant see with her both eyes. This all happened in last 2-3 days.
Can it be due to the bright sunlight? We don't have avian vets here in Pakistan so i need you guys let me know any remedy for her situation and the tips and tricks how to manage her. Any medicine that you know of that can help let me know that too.
Right now she is with 5 other budgies (Its a big cage). I saw her eating today so maybe she can find her food.
As i mentioned we don't have proper avian vets so these guys are not much of a help.
Usually she is hanging on the walls of her cage which she seldomly did. she can also perch when she finds one.
What should i do to create ideal conditions for her in the cage?
What can be the most likely cause of her blindness?
Do her eyes look cloudy or as if they have been injured in any way?
You need to move her into a separate cage of her own.
She should not be housed with other budgies.
Budgies know when another is ill or injured and may attack her or even kill her if she is not separated.
She is probably clinging to the side of the cage because she is disoriented and scared. It is up to you to do everything possible to make her comfortable and help her adjust to her disability.
Once you have her in a small cage on her own, you can ensure she is able to find her food and water and possibly install flat platform perches so she can rest more easily.
Is she still fluffed up and lethargic?
There is no way to know what caused the blindness.
She may have collided with the side of the cage, she may have had a stroke or she may have some sort of illness that caused her to lose her sight.
It is better for you to consult with someone who has had professional training. If you can't work with one of the regular veterinarians in your area, then I suggest you contact one of the on-line veterinarians for assistance.
I'm sorry but it's very unlikely that your budgie got blind from sunlight. There must be an underlying illness that resulted in her blindness. And are you sure that she's blind, she could just be too sick to move and respond. Could you describe any of the symptoms your budgie is experiencing like dizziness, loss of balance, or anything? I personally can't say anything professionally, so you might want to get your birds checked out by a doctor. Hope your baby feels better.
I'm sorry to hear that something has happened with Sandy's eyesight. FaeryBee has taken the time to give you a lot of great info and resources to take advantage of . I hope it helps, and Sandy is as comfortable as possible soon. A separate cage without competition for food and perching should make her feel more secure too. Best of luck!
Well, I am quite sure she is blind right now as i have checked multiple times.
She is now in a separate cage. She is sleeping more than usual but when i wake her up she is alert. She is not fluffed uped or anything else
Saw another one of my budgie clinging on the walls, that one has also laid an egg so hoping that's the reason of her abnormal behaviour otherwise it could be the same thing that happened to sandy. Fingers crossed!
Did something like this ever happened to your budgies? I am trying to find the root cause for this so if it is something preventable, we all can be on guard for that.
With the average income of 220$ per month (of my father), a guy from the link you providded asked for 50$ per 15 minutes and estimated the whole activity would take 50 to 60 minutes. I am a student so i cant even pay 5$.
Thats why i told you, vets are out of questions.
DO you have a zoo or bird sanctuary near by? If so you may be able to speak to a vet who has some experience with birds.
Sandy needs to have her food cups to be exactly within her reach , a flat shallow dish will be better. Can you hold her without stressing her? Do her eyes react to light, does she have any discharge, is she rubbing them against the cage bars or scratching more that she did?
Make sure she is eating and drinking, I hope you can finds out some answers soon.