I am worried about my budgie. I changed her diet a few days ago by adding in pellets. About 12 hours later, I started noticing the poop being greenish and much runnier. Having watched it for a couple days, I don't see any improvement. Are the pellets causing the changes? At this time, she also stopped wanting to go out of her cage and play much. Even if I leave the door open, she won't leave her cage unless forced to. I also noticed that her tail feathers are looking darker, maybe a bit frayed at the tips. Occasionally she is squeaking, something she used to not do. I have read a number of posts but am still not sure what is going on. As a new budgie mom, I am rather nervous. Thanks for any help you can give me.
Have you had your budgie examined by an Avian Vet?
Avian Vets have special training to determine the cause of symptoms resulting from illness or trauma.
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.
This can prolong suffering that may be avoidable.
The bird will often require a more intense, prolonged treatment with a poorer chance of full recovery than it would have if you seek prompt professional diagnosis and treatment at the first sign of illness.
Having your budgie examined by an Avian Vet allows you to develop a good relationship with the vet in case your bird needs care for an injury or illness in the future. Additionally, it is always helpful for the vet to have a baseline for your bird to refer to should it need future treatment.
Thanks for the info FairyBee. Part of why I have been slightly slower to take my bird to the vet is that she had been to the vet only 48 hours before she started showing symptoms. I thought I took her to an avian vet. I will double check and then bring her in. Her other symptoms seem better, but her feathers are looking more frayed at the tips. I wonder if she is missing an important nutrient that is causing the feather problems. Time for more research it seems.