I wasn't sure whether to post this here or the nutrition subforum. I hope this is okay!
I made a thread before in the nutrition subforum talking about how my 7 year old budgie Skye was feeling ill and went to the avian vet. She has fatty liver, so the vet advised to put her on Harrison's high potency pellets. It's been two weeks since then, and the diet change has gone surprisingly well! She doesn't like the mash but she took to the super fine pellets.
I'm just a bit worried now because for the past couple of days she's been mostly sleeping and only moving around to eat more pellets. She isn't being energetic or playful. I don't have money to take her to the vet again at the moment, but I will do it once I can.
Her droppings have become what appears to be normal for a pellet diet, softer and brown with white, and she is eating enough, so I guess that is better than a lack of appetite. I suppose I'm just overly paranoid she's going downhill. I'm hoping that she's sleeping more so that she can recover and I hope these pellets help her liver heal now that she's off seed completely, since two weeks isn't enough to heal a fatty liver completely I'm sure.
Has there been anyone else who experienced this?
EDIT: Skye passed away tonight. Feel free to lock this thread.
I came here looking for advice on my buddies lack of sleep causing him to not be as active.
In the back of my mind I knew I also had changed his seed brand/mix around 3 weeks ago. Yesterday I stopped using the new type and went back to the old. Because he hadn't been dancing or beepin for a while.
I covered him for the first time this morning. As I sit here he's been more active than he has been in the 2 or so weeks he had to endure that new seed brand/type.
I feed Rocky a seed mix from walmart on one side of his tray and roudybush crumbles on the other side. I don't refill his seeds until I've seen hes eat at least 3/4 of the pellets.
Conclusion: changing foods may or may not cause budgie depression
There is no way anyone on the forum can be sure if the decrease in her activity level is due to her body conserving energy as she recovers.
We are all going to think positive thoughts along those lines, though!
Using the pellets for your budgie is definitely the correct course of action.
I would recommend that you also mix Guardian Angel or Pedialyte with her water for 2 days to help bring her system into balance.
It will encourage her both to eat and drink.
You can use a 50/50 mixture.
Adding milk thistle, dandelion root and knotgrass as supplements will help with liver problems as well.
I would recommend you call your Avian Vet and discuss Skye's current condition with him.
It is very important you keep him apprised of any changes in her activity level and behavior so he can give you appropriate advice on how to address them.
Please be sure to update us on Skye's condition in this thread.
Thank you. I was wondering if milk thistle/dandelion would be okay myself. I want her to make a good recovery.
I'll have to call my vet, I hope she is okay with me discussing it with her over the phone.
EDIT: I took her into the vet today, it ended up not costing too much thankfully. She was given another shot to help out, but that's about it. The vet says all we can do is wait and see since her abdomen has become more swollen. She didn't want to run a bunch of tests only for it to not work out in the end.