My budgie is underweight and we're very worried about her
Recently we weighed her and she was between 21 - 22g. She's always been a small scrawny budgie but her weight was around 25g last year. Earlier this year my sister noticed she was bobbing her head a lot and regurgitating seeds. I feel like she's been losing weight since then. We can feel her breast bone. The thing that is extremely concerning is that she can't fly well anymore. She'll flap her wings but can't stay in the air for very long and she slowly descends onto the floor where she'll start running around. In her cage she's always cuddled with her budgie friend leaning on him and sleeping. Her vent area has less feathers and her droppings sometimes get stuck on them.
Despite all these worrying signs, she's still feisty and hasn't lost any of her spirit. We've been trying to give her a lot of seeds, millet, honey sticks etc. but it's like she doesn't have much of an appetite. She'll eat enthusiastically for a short while and then move on to playing or going back to nap in her cage. I don't know how to get her back to a normal weight.
We are planning to take her to the vet very soon. I live in the UK and was wondering how much this will all cost, if she needs tests done, as my financial situation is not great right now so unfortunately I'm wary about money spending. We really want to see our budgie healthy though so we'll do whatever it takes to make sure she gets better. Has anyone experienced this situation with their budgie? If so, any suggestions for improving her appetite and making sure she eats frequently? Thank you so much for reading
Going to an avian vet is going to be the only way to get any sure answers right now.
What you need is a diagnosis and none of us here would be able to do that. It might be that once a vet is able to tell you what is wrong that there are some non-expensive treatments that will help, but the diagnosis needs to happen before that.
With regards to cost, it will all come down to what exactly the vet wants to do.
I visited an avian vet with one of my birds for a beak trim and the whole thing cost me £7.50. The best bet is to speak to the avian vet about your concerns with regards to the cost and if they recommend some treatment, if there's the possibility of a payment plan you can use, to spread the cost.