New budgie with green white feathers around vent and soiled tail
I got 2 beautiful budgies on Saturday 3/31/18, one green one for my brother and a beautiful blue one for me I named Tlaseseyan. I do not remember how his feathers were the first day I got him, but the white feathers around his vent are a bit green and his tail feathers look soiled, and they look wet, and have some white feces stuck in his tail feathers and not near his vent. Just looks like it might have been too viscous and ran down his body, because he did spend a long time hanging vertically by grabbing the cage with his feet. I just got him, and I don't he trusts me enough to handle him. He chirps and looks fine just like the green budgie and was eating millet spray when me and my brother and sister put some in front of my budgie, Tlaseseyan, and the green budgie. He chirps and perches fine and eats millet sprays just fine and the only thing I think looks wrong are the green tinted feathers around his vent and the soiled tail feathers. He is my first pet bird, and I already absolutely fell in love with him. I read black tea can help if he has diarrhea, but doesn't black tea have caffeine? He is not lethargic or anything like that, but I am still terribly worried! For food I bought him some parakeet food that the employee at Petco showed me, which just looks like seeds, it's Kaytee Fiesta parakeet food, and it says that it helps with digestion, but I haven't seen either budgie eat that food. I also ordered a bird bath in case he needs to bathe. And I change their water everyday, but I just left the food box with their food alone, but I do check it to make sure there are no feathers or feces in it. Any advice would be great and very much appreciated!! Also, can anyone recommend a good vet near Dallas, TX? Just in case he needs to be seen by a vet?
Congratulations on your new feathered friend! You have come to the right place to learn about best practices in budgie care. The very best advice is to read all the articles and stickies ("stuck" to the top of the subforums).
Firstly, you just brought home your birds, so they are still getting settled. You need to leave them alone other than giving them food and water and cleaning their cage for two weeks. In that time, you can get them used to you by talking to them, sitting by their cage, and reading to them. Birds are very nervous at first. You may want to cover three sides of the cage and play music for the birds. Both of these things will help them feel safer and more relaxed.
Birds can easily get diarrhea from the stress. Once they settle in, it will go away. This can also happen when you change their diet. The feces stuck to your bird are nothing to worry about. They will likely get washed off in the next day or so. However, it is good to keep an eye on your bird. Budgies mask their illness very well. It is always good to take the bird in for a well-birdie check up soon after you get them. Then you can establish a relationship with a vet and a baseline and double check that everything is ok.
Sometimes when budgies are new to an environment, their eating habits may be a bit off, and/or they’ll have looser than normal droppings as a result of stress. This should return to normal as the bird settles in it’s new home.
It’s always recommended to take a new bird for a wellness check to an avian vet. A small animal vet who has a specialty in birds.
You can try calling Summertree Animal & Bird Clinic in Dallas (972) 387-4168. How about Parker Animal & Bird Clinic in Plano? (972) 985-0036 or Twin Lakes Pet & Bird Clinic in Aubrey (972) 347-9799.
In the mean time, a great natural probiotic for birds that can help get their digestive system back on track is Unfiltered Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). You can get this at a health food market, but I’ve seen it at Walmart too. Make a mixture of 1/4 teaspoon per 8 ounces of water.
Takes look at the Stickies posts at the top of the forum sections, as well as our Articles section. This will help answer some of the more common questions. If you still have questions, let us know . Good luck, and keep us posted!
Are you and your brother and sister leaving the budgies alone to let them settle into their new environment?
Budgies need a minimum of two weeks to settle into their new home and you should not be trying to touch or tame them at this time.
They are often submissive initially because they are terrified.
You can cover the top and three sides of the cage to help them feel more secure.
Play music or the TV for them when you are not around during the day.
To bond with your birds, you need to build their trust in you.
They will have to learn over time that you will not hurt them.
To build your birds’ trust, sit by their cage and read, talk or sing quietly to them for a period of at least 10-15 minutes, 3 or 4 times day. After about a week, rest your hand on the outside of the cage when you talk to them so they will learn that your hand is safe and will not hurt them.
After a week of resting your hand on the outside of the cage, rest your hand inside the cage when you talk.
Don’t make sudden moves, don’t try to touch them.
Let their get used to the idea that the hand is now in their safe place and not harming them.
After 2 weeks, begin moving your hand slowly toward your bird. If they become agitated, stop moving your hand and just hold very still until they calm down. When they are comfortable with your hand near them, you can offer them a bit of millet or a few seeds.
Always work at your birds’ pace.
Move slowly and talk reassuringly and calmly to their whenever you interact with them.
If the soiling around the vent persists for another day or so then it may be a sign of illness rather than stress.
It is always a good idea to take a new budgie in for a well-birdie checkup.
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.
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These are great resources for Talk Budgie members and have a wealth of reliable information which will assist you to learn the best practices in caring for your budgies for their optimal health and well-being.
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I checked this morning and my budgie's tail feathers are now dry, unlike yesterday when they looked wet all day, so that is a great relief!!
We are leaving the budgies alone, we just installed a couple other perches yesterday so they have other spots to perch. We are taking to them and playing calming music for them. I have also tried giving them fruit, which were: a slice of apple, madarin orange wedges (not the ones that come in cups with liquid) and today small pieces of chopped up carrots. Each food was placed in that order in the past three days separately. And we gave them some millet sprays for the past two days. I will read through the forum stickies and I thank you all for your great help! I look forward to spending a lot of time on this forum! And thank you very much RavensGryf for recommending me a good avian veterinarian in Dallas!!
I've been talking to my budgies as much as I can. But I need some more advice. I cleaned their cage yesterday for the first time because it was very messy, and I think my budgies got really scared I know I'm supposed to leave them alone and just talk to them, but their cage was really messy! And when we cleaned it the budgies started chirping loudly and were moving all over the place. And today I noticed some dropping on 2 of their perches. I cleaned one by taking it out with no problem, and the budgies were on top highest perch and the lower one is screwed onto the cage. I got some bird safe cleaner, and when I went to reach for the perch they got scared and flew and made rapid movements. I feel really bad, but at the same time I do not want them to get sick because of poor cage hygiene. What should be the best way to clean the cage while I've had them for about a week now? I stuck my hand inside to clean the perch and that's when they got scared.