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Hello, two days ago had to remove one of my two budgies from the cage for a trip to the vet and she wonít be back from her antibiotic treatment for 2 weeks. About an hour ago I noticed my other budgie is bobbing her(weíre pretty sure itís a female) tail while resting. Of course I got really nervous because Iím still pretty new to budgie care and I donít want her to die. I did research and found out that tail bobbing is usually a sign of respiratory diseases that can cause death. I called my local pet store that I bought my budgies from and she said that it can just be because sheís lonely without her cage mate and I should try feeding her some vegetables. Is this true? Is there any way that it isnít a respiratory problem? I canít really afford another vet visit. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Iíll try to post a video so you can see what her tail bobbing looks like.

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I'm very sorry to hear your budgie(s) are ill.

Please use names of your birds when you post so we can differentiate when making our reply.

Why is the one budgie on antibiotics?
What type infection does she have?
Is it a respiratory infection?

Is the second budge eating, drinking and pooping normally?
Is the second budgie active or sitting on the perch fluffed up and lethargic?

Have you called the vet to let them know your 2nd budgie is now tail bobbing?
Since the two birds were together until two days ago, they may both have the same illness.

Calling your vet (rather than the pet store) should have been your first phone call to determine what action you should be taking.

Infections can be viral, fungal or bacterial.
Antibiotics only work on bacterial infections.

In the meantime, 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.

This video shows what tail bobbing looks like when a budgie is ill:
Budgie Health Tips on Tail Bobbing and Laboured Breathing from Doctor Ross Perry's Budgie Book - YouTube
I strongly recommend you contact your vet (hopefully an Avian Vet) right away to ask if the chances are high that both birds have the same illness and how to proceed.

Please be sure to let us know what you find out from the phone conversation with your veterinarian.

Best wishes!
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FaeryBee has left you an excellent detailed reply.

Please keep us updated on what you’ve done, and how the birds are. It’s our recommendation that you contact an avian vet. If it’s a true illness they have (bacterial, viral, fungal) then the right medications will be needed, and only a vet will know which meds to give after examining your bird(s) in person. All the best.
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You've been given great advice. It's always best to call your avian vet when you are concerned about your birds health. Pet store staff are not required to have any qualifications and often have no idea what they are talking about.
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Hi there and to the forums!

You've been given great advice. I hope that your little one is able to see an avian vet and get the necessary treatment to get well! Please keep us posted

Be sure to read through the links provided by FaeryBee as they contain all the necessary information you need to stay updated on the very best of budgie care practices!

If you have any questions after reading through everything, be sure to ask as we'd love to help!

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Hello everyone and thank you for advice! I went out and purchased another budgie and that solved the problem. They are both happy and healthy. My female(Max) was just lonely and very stressed out about losing her cage mate
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I sincerely hope for both of your birds' sake you followed best practices and quarantined the new budgie, although from the dates/times of your posts it's fairly apparent you did not.

Quarantine means housing the new bird in a different cage in a different room than the current bird (as far away from the room the current bird is in as possible) for a period of 35-45 days.

Budgies mask symptoms when they are ill. Symptoms may not show up for over two weeks.
Often you will not even realize your bird is not well. Many budgie illnesses are airborne which is why you need to quarantine your new bird in a completely different room.

It is also a good idea to always take a new budgie in to see an Avian Vet for a "well-birdie" check-up. This allows you to develop a good relationship with the vet and the vet can establish a baseline for your bird in case of any future illnesses or injuries.


Distinction between an Avian Vet and a Vet that "Will See Birds"

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I strongly suggest you take the time to read through the Site Guidelines, all of the How To Guides, the FAQs, the Budgie Articles and the stickies located at the top of each section of the forum.

Truly, the very BEST advice anyone can offer you is to take the time to read ALL of the stickies throughout the various Talk Budgie forums as well as the Budgie Articles we have posted.

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