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Old 02-28-2018, 10:27 AM
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Default My budgie is making troubled noises. Possible respiratory issue?

Since late November, my budgie had been making a strained squeaking noise when pecking at her toys or preening. I dismissed it as just a new noise she started making while doing busy work. But now she’s started squeaking while idle and also making a slight clicking noise that seems to accompany her breathing.

I was woken up by her squeaking these past 2 nights. I thought it might’ve been a night terror but she was awake and still squeaking.

Aside from that, her behaviors are normal and haven’t changed. Normal poop, diet, and activity. I did schedule an appointment with the local avian specialist at the vet. I’m worried these noises are symptoms of a respiratory issue, but I wanted some input from you guys as well.

Here are some vids of her noises.

https://youtu.be/kyn1B4LdsCo

https://youtu.be/tS1OdJ53U0c

Any input would be appreciated!

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It is best to have your budgie properly diagnosed by an Avian Vet and a proper treatment protocol prescribed.

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.

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.

Please be sure to update us on your little one's condition after her vet appointment.

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Having the bird seen by an avian vet is the best thing to do. Sometimes a bird with a thyroid problem will make strange respiratory sounds so make sure the vet checks that out as well as checking for any type of respiratory infection.
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Thanks for the replies. I've given her the steam treatment a couple times in the bathroom while I showered. The vet noticed too much of one bacteria and not enough of another in her nasal pathways. They gave me an antibiotic to administer twice a day to her by beak (oh joy, her favorite thing to do).

Since the vet, the squeaking has become constant, almost like her breathing is labored. She's also sneezing more often. I'm going to see about moving her cage into the living room, since the noise is keeping me up at night. Wish me luck as the struggle to get her to take her medicine continues
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Since she's become worse, you need to contact your Avian Vet via phone and give an update. There is a chance the medication prescribed may need to be changed.

Additionally, I would strongly suggest you purchase a warm mist humidifier and use it daily to help your budgie breathe more easily.

Good luck and please update us again after you've spoken with the vet about the changes in her condition.
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He's told me to be more direct with administering the syringe medication, keep up the daily steam showers with her in the bathroom, and call again in 48 hours if her breathing hasn't shown any signs of improvement. It's difficult for me to keep track of her on Tues-Thurs since I work 10 hours on those days
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