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Old 01-26-2017, 09:33 PM
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Where to begin with this, I guess the beginning? It all started in early November last year. My 5 year old budgie, Kirby came down with diarrhoea. He was fluffed and would sit leaning forward when outside his cage. I took him to my avian vet straight away as he previously had these symptoms the year before and was treated with Baytril and recovered. This time his poo test picked up megabacteria. So he was prescribed 14 days of Baytril and 30 days of Amphotericin-B. He seemed to improve on this in nature. He was back talking and playing again, but his poo never went back to normal. I went back to the vet after the two weeks of Baytril just as a follow up and advice. I was told to finish the last 2 weeks with the Ampho. By the time the dose ended Kirby from what I can remember as this has been going on for so long started to decline again. He was put back on another dose of Ampho.
My head is all fuzzy with this and I am struggling to remember every detail as we are now in the third month (nearly the fourth) of this illness.
Two weeks ago he was put back on Baytril and also Flagyl. He was wormed and given a vitamin ADEC injection. He seemed to improve by the 3rd day in himself again, not his droppings of course. But things went sour when trying to administer Flagyl as it made him vomit 9/10 times.
This Monday we gave him another vitamin injection and a Doxycycline injection. Things still seem no better.
I have scales and weigh him constantly. He fluctuates between 25 grams and 28 grams during the day/night. (He's a very small kind of budgie) He hardly eats during the day and mainly sleeps. Night time is when he seems to pig out. He loved spinach before this sickness, now he will have a couple bites and that's it. Out of all the seeds he won't touch any but the hulled oats. He does like sweet potato and carrot mash that I make him. He'll pick at sprouts, wholemeal bread and pasta. He's gone fussy on millet now and won't touch it. He has a seed stick that he will occasionally pick at. (not a made from glue Trill one )

I'm so far behind in my studies now because I can't focus on it. Most of my days are watching him and when I go to work I constantly ask mum for updates. I've spent $400 plus and would spend everything I have to see him better.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated please..

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This is advice based of experience.

Our older budgie often used to have digestive problems, we give him fresh parsley, dandelion leaves, boiled carrot and replaces his water very often. You should probably stop giving bread, sweet potato and pasta as it is harder for their gut to break it down.
Hope your little guy gets better soon.
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I agree with Budgiebudg. I would avoid giving him starchy foods that would give him a tummy ache. Here's some links that might help:

https://talkbudgies.com/your-budgies-...te-recipe.html
https://talkbudgies.com/your-budgies-...-vomiting.html

I hope your budgie is feeling better soon!
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If you have not yet done so, I would suggest you start him on a regimen of Sodium Benzoate.

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-budg...ric-yeast.html

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-budg...ric-yeast.html

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-budg...dgerigars.html

Try sprouting seeds for him to see if he will try those.

https://talkbudgies.com/diet-nutritio...r-budgies.html

Are you giving him a high-quality seed mix? That may help encourage him to try a bigger variety of seed.

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-diet...-seed-mix.html

You can also try giving him Guardian Angel and/or Pedialyte to see if that will help to stimulate his appetite.

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

I wish you all the best as you care for your little one.
You and Kirby will be in my heart and prayers.
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I'm so sorry for the struggles that you and Kirby have been going through.

You've been given great advice, so I will only say that I will keep you both in my prayers!
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If you have not yet done so, I would suggest you start him on a regimen of Sodium Benzoate.

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-budg...ric-yeast.html

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-budg...ric-yeast.html

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-budg...dgerigars.html

Try sprouting seeds for him to see if he will try those.

https://talkbudgies.com/diet-nutritio...r-budgies.html

Are you giving him a high-quality seed mix? That may help encourage him to try a bigger variety of seed.

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-diet...-seed-mix.html

You can also try giving him Guardian Angel and/or Pedialyte to see if that will help to stimulate his appetite.

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

I wish you all the best as you care for your little one.
You and Kirby will be in my heart and prayers.

Hello, thanks for your advice. Guardian Angel isn't available in Australia, I'd have to order some online and hope they send it here. Is Pedialyte the stuff used for kids/people?
I'm worried about the Pedialyte and home-made recipe version as megabacteria feeds on sugar..
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Also, Kirby is a HIGHLY fussy bird. Sometimes he won't try things unless he sees me eating it first like he thinks I'm trying to poison him
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Guardian Angel - sick bird supplement

I would recommend the Guardian Angel product rather than Pedialyte in the case of AGY.

It is good to have it in your Avian First Aid Kit at all times.

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-budg...first-aid.html

https://talkbudgies.com/emergency-roo...t-aid-kit.html
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Kirby passed away.
About 12am Tuesday Kirby wanted out of his cage to be with me. He was scared. I don't think he could breathe properly. I think he knew it was his time as he wanted to be with me. He wanted to snuggle tightly into my neck. He was acting strange. This is how I knew as his mother, I could feel it. It took half an hour, he would occasionally open his eyes. Mainly after I sung him our favourite song which I would sing to him every night we went to bed after the last so many years.
My sunshine has been taken away. And my skies will forever be grey.
I am in denial and believe I will wake up from this nightmare and see him in his cage.
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Tahlia,

I'm so, so sorry that you had to suffer the loss of your darling Kirby. No matter when they go, it's never easy to say goodbye. I can imagine you're in a lot of pain right now, and my thoughts are with you at this time.

I hope that soon, your grief will give way to happy memories of all that you and Kirby shared together. If you'd like to write a memorial to your darling, feel free to do so in the "In Memory" section of the forums. For now, I'll close this thread.

Rest in peace, darling Kirby. Fly high among the stars.
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