My 9 month old budgie was perfectly fine this morning and now I came home from work and she is all fluffed up and sleepy, hasn't pooped at all in the last 2 hours that I've been home but has been eating a little bit here and there. Now she just vomited a little. Please give me suggestions that I can try as there are no avian vets in my area!!
She should be seen by a vet that at least has some experience with birds. Without knowing if she ate anything unusual, was exposed to something in the air, cooking gas,pesticide applications, any unusual cooking, use of cleaning products, etc etc,
it would be hard to diagnose even by a vet. You can keep her as quiet and warm, and give her access to food and water. Hope this turns out well.
Phil is correct that she needs to be seen by a vet. Where are you? Sometimes other members can help find an avian vet in your area. If absolutely not possible, you can take her in to a vet who sees exotics and have them consult with an avian vet. It is a good idea to save some of her poops to show the vet. In the mean time, keep her warm and give her some Pedialite/Guardian Angel. https://www.talkbudgies.com/articles-...te-recipe.html
I hope your little one is feeling better soon! Keep us posted.
Vomiting can indicate a serious problem and is not normal, please have your bird seen by an avian vet. Birds hide illness very well so once you start seeing symptoms the bird may have been ill for a while and things can get worse fairly quickly which is why it is so important to see a vet as soon as possible.
Thank you everyone for the responses. I have a heated blanket over the back half of her cage, have some pedialyte in her cage and she is drinking it, still eating little bits at a time, keeping the room she's in dim lighting and quiet, she's preening now so hoping thats a good sign. Also, now having HUGE poops, wet and darkish green.
Thank you RavensGryf for the pm'd vets, i found the first one as well which seemed perfect but it seems he has relocated to Green Bay (about 2 hours away). I have an appointment with another one which is an "all animals" emergency vet for 8am tomorrow.
Just curious, have any of you seen your birds bounce back from a sickness without getting treatment? The pet store I got her from seemed to think it was just a cold... Also, what about the risk of stressing the bird too much with all the transport and vet visit?
Last edited by mnollie; 05-09-2018 at 06:14 PM.
Do not listen to pet store employees recommendations when it comes to treating sick animals.
Budgies hide symptoms of illness and by the time you know they are sick they are usually quite ill.
When you rely on non-professionals who have 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.
It is important to get veterinariann input with regard to diagnosis and treatment plan as soon as possible once you know your budgie is ill.
Transporting the budgie to the vet is a much better option than the pet store's "wait and see" which almost always fails.
I'm wishing your little one a full and speedy recovery.
She was back to her normal self yesterday morning, poop was normal, no more vomitting, no longer fluffy and sleepy. So I postponed the vet visit to next week (for just a regular checkup) so I won't have to call out of work. By yesterday night she was playful, chirping, and bright eyed again. Thank you so much for the advice and good wishes, the warmth and pedialyte seemed to really help.
The only thing I can think of was we did some weed spray in our yard two days before she got sick. I made sure the windows were sealed tight and changed clothes/showered right after we were done. But I'm wondering if it still got to her somehow.