Our 6 month old Budgie Bonnie seems to be under the weather, we have noticed her bobbing her tail, and making a strange snuffling sneeze noise which comes in fits and she bobs her head while doing it, like regurgitating. She has no discharge around her nose/eyes, her feathers are falling out due to molting so she looks a bit scruffy, but wondering what it could be? She is booked in to an avian vet on monday (3rd) but just worried as our last Budgie passed very suddenly from an unknown illness as he died just before his vet appointment.
Welcome to talk budgies. Is there any way you can call vet and ask to get in today or tommorow ? Tail bobbing can be normal if it is only slight and your bird is free of other symptom's, which your's is not. Do you see chest movement that look's labored or is your bird opening beak to breathe ? They often irritate themselves preening during molt but it is impossible to say what's going on, and none of us here are vet's. Could very well have an upper respiratory infection that need's avian diagnosis and treatment ASAP. If the breathing is labored, please run a hot shower to get the bathroom steamed up and take the whole cage in. The steam will help ease the breathing. Please keep us posted, and do try to get her seen now.
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I agree with Jonah, that you should try to get to the vet sooner. The movement you describe as similar to regurgitation could be an attempt to vomit, the sooner your bird can be seen by the vet, the better the chances for a swift recovery.
If she is making the regurgitating motion repeatedly and is sneezing she most likely has an infection which needs to be treated right away.
Can you find an exotic vet that cares for small birds that can see you sooner than Monday?
Obviously, the Avian Vet would be first choice but it is important your budgie be seen and treated right away.
To help with respiratory issues, you can put your budgie’s cage in the bathroom when you run hot water through the shower so the cage is in the hot steamy air -- that will help open the airways.
Another option is to tent the cage with a sheet and place a pot or kettle of boiling water under the sheet where your budgie is unable to touch it and allow the steam to accumulate that way. If you have pure eucalyptus oil, you can put one tiny drop into the water as that will also help to clear the airways so the budgie is better able to breathe.
Using a warm mist humidifier in the room with your budgies is a great way to help ease breathing problems until you get her to the vet.
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I'm sorry to hear that your little darling is under the weather
You've been given great advice above. Please keep us posted on how her vet visit goes!
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The vet did not physically examine her as with her not being fully tame yet she said it can cause so much stress they literally die in your hands, but she has prescribed antibiotics for a respiratory infection. We have a week's worth, so hopefully this will clear it up and she will perk up a bit. She's currently sleeping after a car journey to the vet!
I don't think so no, but we avoided our local vet which is literally 2 minutes away as they know NOTHING about birds. We went to a vet hospital half an hour's drive away which was much more professional, and the vet we saw seemed to know more than at the other place. I live in Sheffield, UK btw and I don't think we really have any avian vets around, which is quite bad for bird owners :/
The good news is Bonnie is drinking her water with the antibiotic in, and touch wood we haven't seen her do the sneezing fit since. She is very vocal and active at the moment, we're trying to get her to eat some egg food, as we've heard good things about it for perking budgies up and giving them a boost
Hi, it's great to hear your little one is doing better . For the future, it might be good to locate a proper Avian Vet.
I'm not sure if you already know about these vets below. They come up on a google search for avian vets in Sheffield UK. You can call to confirm that they have a vet that is skilled with birds and regularly treats them. Beware though, there are lots of vets who 'will see birds' who really don't have enough knowledge.
Yes Springfield was where we took her, my mum did check to see we'd be seeing someone who knew about birds. I don't think there are any specialist bird vet practices as such, but Springfield deal with exotic animals too so not just cats/dogs