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Exclamation First time bird mom, is my Sir Tweets Sick?

My family and I have had our Parakeet, Sir Tweets A Lot, for about 4 months. We recently left for a mini getaway and left our bird with my brother. I got a call from my sister in law this morning saying that when she opened his cage cover this am it had an overwhelming "fishy"smell. Upon further investigation, the cage was wet on the bottom, along with his perch and the top of his head. She was able to clean him (and the cage) up but I'm worried that something may be wrong. He hasn't dont it again and doesn't seem to be in distress. He hasn't been very vocal today since being home. It seems like he is trying to tweet but is struggling. I called the avian vet and she is out of the office today and all the animal urgent care centers do not have an avian vet 😔 Can anyone possibly shed some light on what may be going on?? 🙏🏻
***the attached pic is from what my sister in law sent me this morning. She said that's what his head looked like before she cleaned him up.
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Does he have a water bowl in the cage? It's possible he decided to take a bath in it and splashed around. He may be a little quiet because he's just come home and is adjusting. What do you mean when he seems like he's trying to tweet but is struggling? Is he acting normal in every other way? Eating, playing with toys, preening etc. Some budgies can smell a bit when they're wet, kind of like a wet dog.
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It looks as though your budgie took a bath in his water dish.

Was Sir Tweets given fresh water on a daily basis and was the cage cleaned daily as well?

If the water had a build up of feces in it, that would account for the "fishy" smell.

If Sir Tweets is repeatedly adjusting his crop, he may have a bacterial infection and needs to be seen by an Avian Vet.

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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.
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Hi there and to the forums!

It's great to have you with us, and you couldn't have come to a better place to learn even more about the best of budgie care!

Sir Tweets A Lot sounds very sweet; I agree that from the photo it appears that he took a bath. However, it's always good to be on the lookout for other symptoms so he can get the avian vet care he needs as soon as possible!

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Does he have a water bowl in the cage? It's possible he decided to take a bath in it and splashed around. He may be a little quiet because he's just come home and is adjusting. What do you mean when he seems like he's trying to tweet but is struggling? Is he acting normal in every other way? Eating, playing with toys, preening etc. Some budgies can smell a bit when they're wet, kind of like a wet dog.

He gets fresh water daily when I care for him and I would assume my brother would do the same, he has another bird that is well cared for. As for the "struggling" to tweet, he just seems very tired. It doesn't seem like anything is stuck in His throat/crop.
He has been preening like crazy. Hasn't really played yet but has made several trips to his good dish.
I wasn't there to witness the smell but I know what you mean about the "wet dog" smell. It isn't the freshest scent! 😆
Upon removing his cage cover this am, I am happy to say that he didn't vomit or play in any water but there is an odor coming from his droppings. They have been a little liquidy and a light greenish in color.

I really appreciate the help. I apologize if I did anything wrong. I'm just new here and trying to get the hang of things.
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You've done absolutely nothing wrong!
We are simply trying to get as much information as possible in order to give you the best possible advice.

If Sir Tweet's poop has an odor -- that is not normal.

You need to take him to an Avian Vet to determine if he has a bacterial infection.
The fact that he seems very tired and isn't playing, along with the smelly feces indicates there is an underlying illness that needs to be addressed.

https://pets.thenest.com/parrot-dropp...dor-12160.html
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